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CLA Hits Bullseye as First-time Host of International Limousin Congress

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - The Canadian Limousin Association (CLA) successfully welcomed the world this past week as a first-time host of the prestigious International Limousin Congress.

In doing so, it also set several new national breed records including the most entries and attendees at a Limousin show, and the highest single price for a cow at the sale.

"We were able to highlight the quality of our cattle and have others learn about our operations and breed improvement programs, so it was a definite showcase for the breed in Canada," said CLA President Martin Bohrson of Saskatchewan. "All of it was a huge success and I'm very proud of our members, the Association staff and all the volunteers. We can all stand tall knowing we were great ambassadors for Canada."

Close to 400 participants from 17 countries took part in the Congress, which included a tour of a Limousin ranch in Stettler, the annual meeting of the International Limousin Council (ILC), which represents 27 member countries, a Limousin show and sale on the Stampede grounds, and a technical session where speakers from Canada, Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States gave presentations on new issues and initiatives focused on breed improvement.

At the event, the ILC directors committed to holding an executive meeting next year, instead of waiting until 2004 when the next Congress is held. The Council also committed to establishing a web site to encourage continuous contact and information sharing.

"It was very exciting to see the greater emphasis on communication at an international level," said event organizer and CLA Marketing Manager Debbie Verbonac. "It was also very rewarding to see some many 'firsts' achieved and to have individual Canadian breeders recognized for their contribution to the industry."

At the Limousin Sale held July 6th, a new record for the sale of a single cow was set at $80,000. The previous record was $72,500. The sale was held at Heritage Park, the first time a cattle sale has ever been held at that venue, with over 600 in attendance.

At the Limousin Show, held on the Stampede grounds, a record-setting 220 cattle were entered with over 700 attendees. In addition, a Limousin was awarded Overall Grand Champion at the Stampede steer show.

At the Congress closing ceremonies, two of eight prestigious Honorary Awards were presented to Canadian breeders: Kym Anthony, owner of Top Meadow Farms in Ontario, and Rob Matthews, owner of Highland Stock Farms in Alberta. The awards were presented by Louis de Neuville, International Limousin Council Chairman Emeritus, on behalf of the Government of France. France, as the originating country for the Limousin breed, recognizes a select number of breeders for their overall contribution to agriculture and the improvement of the breed on an international level. Other winning countries included Brazil, Argentina, China, and Ireland.

The International Limousin Congress is held at different locations around the world every two years and is an opportunity for Limousin breeders to share information that will enhance the breed. This was the 15th Congress. The next will be held in 2004 in the United Kingdom.



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