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IOWA LIMOUSIN JUNIOR WINS WULF SCHOLARSHIP

Alissa Johnson, Ashton, Iowa, received the third annual Leonard and Vi Wulf Scholarship at the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) in West Monroe, La. Kent Andersen, Ph.D., executive vice president for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF), made the presentation during the awards banquet July 27.

Johnson, 19, has been a member of both the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) and Iowa Junior Limousin Association for 10 years. She will use the $500 Wulf scholarship to continue her studies in agricultural business at South Dakota State University (SDSU). After graduation, she plans to become an agricultural loan officer at a rural bank.

“She has demonstrated leadership abilities and high academic achievements,” said Dennis Moritz, Johnson's agricultural education instructor at Luverne (Minn.) High School, in recommending her for the scholarship. “Alissa works well with other people and always does a first-class job in everything that she does.”

Leonard and Vi Wulf, the founders of Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, Minn., enabled the scholarship fund. They and their family have had a leading role in making the Limousin breed one of the top five in the United States.

Leonard Wulf started his cattle herd in 1949. In 1970, he began mating cows by artificial insemination (AI), which he believed was fundamental to herd improvement, to two Limousin bulls imported from France to Canada. Through a phenomenal work ethic, innovation and customer service, he built one of the largest and most successful seedstock enterprises in the nation before his death in 2003.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2004, BEEF magazine recognized Wulf as one of the top 40 individuals who had helped build a dynamic and exciting beef industry by enhancing production efficiency, developing new marketing tools, improving beef quality and pushing the boundaries of science.

The North American Limousin Foundation (www.nalf.org), headquartered in Centennial, Colo., provides programs and services – including genetic evaluation of 5,000 active sires – to more than 4,000 members and their commercial customers. The Limousin breed and its Lim Flex® hybrid lead the beef industry in muscle-growth efficiency and ideally complement British breeds.

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