The membership of the North American Limousin Foundation met at the National Western Club on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO to approve the slated nominees for vacant board of director positions. The nominating committee proposed a slate consisting of Curt Wieczorek, Mt. Vernon, South Dakota; Dennis Alt, Shawnee, Kansas; Bret Begert, Allison, Texas (2nd term); Chris Milam, Olmstead, Kentucky (2nd term); and Fred Wacker, Miles City, Montana (2nd term).
Bret Begert of Allison, Texas, was selected to fill a vacant board position in April 2012. Prior to joining the NALF board, Begert served as NALF Junior Activities for ten years. He recently resigned this position to take a larger role as a NALF Board member. Begert is a third-generation rancher at Begert Limousin, which was founded in 1974. During his time as a junior exhibitor, Begert served on the NALJA Board of Directors and was NALJA President from 1991-1992. He has also served as the President of the Texas Limousin Association. Bret and his wife, Hayley have two children, McKinley and Boone.
Chris Milam, Olmstead, KY was selected for his second term. The Milam family has grown their herd to 130 purebred and Lim-Flex cows from the purchase of their first Limousin female at the Little Mondeaux Dispersal in 1992. Chris currently works for Champion Pet Foods. He is past president of the Kentucky Limousin Breeders Association, a member of the Tennessee Limousin Breeders Association and a director for the Kentucky Cattleman's Association. Chris and his wife, Laura, have three children, Caroline, Andrew and Zachary. He is a member of the Dripping Spring Baptist Church and president of the Logan Economic Alliance for Development.
Also elected for a second term is Fred Wacker, Miles City, MT is a fourth-generation cattleman who has been utilizing Limousin genetics in his crossbreeding program for more than 25 years. Wacker, an industry leader in all-natural as well as source and age-verified, has grown the family operation from 40 cows and 50 yearlings to more than 3,500 cows and 10,000 yearlings. The family operation consists of Fred and his wife, Gwen, along with their children and their spouses: Shane and Sara Rehm; Brian and Julie Nowicki; Mike and Nicole Wacker; and Blain and Karen Martin. Wacker, the 2002 NALF Commercial Producer of the year, is also active in NCBA and the Montana Stock Growers Association. Additionally, the Wacker family has been involved in the insurance business and agricultural real estate for more than 30 years.
Newly elected to the NALF Board of Directors is Dennis M. Alt, Shawnee, KS. Double A Limousin is located in Nevada, Missouri, and Shawnee Kansas. Alt and his father first purchased Limousin bulls in 1978 to use in their 800-head commercial herd and liked the results. From 1983 through 1995, they were part of Quelques Vaches Land & Cattle. He re-entered the registered Limousin business in 2011.Double A currently runs approximately 150 cows, predominately Lim-Flex, with emphasis on producing bulls for commercial cattlemen. Dennis serves as corporate counsel and is a retired member of several boards, predominately in the biofuels industry. He is currently a member of the Missouri Limousin Breeders Association, the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and NCBA. He is a member of St. Joseph parish in Shawnee, Kansas. He and his wife, Nancy, have a daughter, Kelsey; a son, Nathan; and two grandchildren, Cooper and Thayer.
Joining the NALF Board of Directors for the first time also is Curt Wieczorek, Mt. Vernon, SD. Wieczorek Limousin is headquartered on piece of ground homesteaded by Curt Wieczorek's great grandfather in 1882. Fourth generation cattleman and farmer Curt and his wife, Lee Ann, alongside Curt's parents, Wally and Noreen, started using Limousin genetics in 1974. In 1981, they held their first production sale and have hosted one ever since and continue to make their living through production agriculture. Curt currently serves on the NALF Performance committee in addition to longtime service on his local township and church boards, including chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Wieczorek family also has a large farming operation in the heart of pheasant country, where they host and guide pheasant hunters and Curt is known for his quality hunting dogs. Other than the occasional woodworking project or round of golf, Curt enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Curt and Lee Ann have three daughters, Danielle, Megan and Emily.
Upon completion of the Annual Meeting, the NALF Board of Directors met to select the executive team for 2015-2016. Leading the foundation as president is Chad Settje, Lonely Valley Limousin, Creston, NE. Lonely Valley sold over 120 bulls in 2014 and has a repeat customer rate over 90%. This is attributed to breeding functional cattle that fit their customer’s demands. Chad joined the NALF board of directors in 2010 and has since served two terms as treasurer. In addition to managing the Lonely Valley Limousin herd, Settje is currently employed by Agri-City insurance and brings over 15 years’ experience in the banking industry with him. Chad and his wife Kristi have five daughters and reside in Creston, NE where he is active in the community and past president of the Platte Valley Cattleman’s Association. Chad looks forward to serving the NALF Membership and feels that the Limousin breed has a tremendous opportunity to grow over the next several years. We have the kind of cattle that work in today’s market place and need to get these cattle in the hands of the commercial produces. It’s an honor to be the leader of a team that will help grow this breed over the next year and hopefully years to come.
The remaining executive team consists of Bret Begert, Alison, TX, Vice president; Jim Bob Hendrickson, Adair, OK, secretary; Dexter Edwards, Beulaville, NC, treasurer; and Mat Lewis, Iliff, CO, past-president.
Source: North American Limousin Foundation