“Carcass breed” association celebrates 40 years in Iowa
DES MOINES, IA (Aug. 17, 2011) — Exactly 40 years after its formation, the Iowa Limousin Association (ILA) inducted its inaugural class into the Iowa Limousin Hall of Fame during the Iowa State Fair this week. Don and Dorothy Faidley of Colfax, Dr. Fred Wood, DVM, of Osceola, and Leland Dudley of Hampton (posthumously) were honored at a barbecue Sunday and at the Iowa Limousin Show Monday at the fairgrounds in Des Moines.
Four decades ago, on Aug. 15, 1971, an energized and expectant group of cattlemen gathered in Osceola to form an association dedicated to producing and promoting an “exotic” breed of golden-red, lean meat-type cattle called Limousin.
The breed is believed to date back 17,000 years or more in France, perhaps as old as the European continent itself, but to Americans in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, the Limousin breed was new and alluring and oh, so very promising. More pounds, more performance, more milk, more everything seemed possible.
Limousin debuted on the North American continent in 1968, when a bull named Prince Pompadour landed at the Grosse Isle import station off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Canadian government allowed a few animals to be exhibited in the U.S. for short periods of time and animal scientists and cattlemen got their first look at the animals. The buzz about Limousin, and other breeds like Charolais and Simmental, electrified the beef industry.
Though halfblood Limousin calves were being born on U.S. farms through artificial insemination over the next couple of years, it was not until 1971 that Limousin bulls were allowed to be permanently imported into the country. Limousin cattle, and the men and women who raised them, changed the beef industry then, and now. The Iowa Limousin Hall of Fame memorializes that time of promise and possibility, and honors the following beef industry pioneers.
Don and Dorothy Faidley Colfax, Iowa
Perhaps nobody embraced the role of servant leadership to a higher degree than Don and Dorothy Faidley in the establishment of the Limousin breed on the state and national level. Collectively, they sought every opportunity to not only promote Limousin cattle in the U.S., but foster an association that works for its members.
Without Don and Dorothy, there wouldn’t have been nearly as much “organization” in the organization during the 1970s. They brought order, energy and enthusiasm to this band of breeders united in a common goal of promoting Limousin.
Their contributions and awards are too numerous to list, but among many responsibilities Mr. Faidley served the breed through consecutive terms as North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) president, Iowa Beef Breeds Council president and Iowa State Fair beef superintendent during crucial moments for breed development. He served as ILA secretary, which really meant Mrs. Faidley accepted those important duties, in addition to her service as Limouselle president, Iowa Beef Industry Council chair and mother to three very active junior Limousin members. They were recognized with the North American Limousin Junior Association’s (NALJA) Distinguished Service Award in 1986 for their many contributions, including development of the Limouselle cookbook to support NALJA scholarships and organization of the very first NALJA show.
At the farm, they produced outstanding Limousin cattle. FMLI Genuine Risk set a long-standing breed record sale price for a female of $107,000. FZ Polled Hawkeye was the second high-selling bull in their inaugural production sale which sent cattle to 40 breeders in 10 states. Hawkeye was later touted to have sold more units of semen than any Limousin bull in history, at that time.
Ask them, however, why they gave so much, and they will say although the quality of the cattle attracted them to the breed initially, they were motivated by an honest appreciation for their friends in the business and genuine joy for the success of their fellow breeders. For their innovation and their initiative, and for being the type of people who were always asking, “What can we do to help?” and then doing it, the ILA recognizes Don & Dorothy Faidley by inducting them with the initial class into the Iowa Limousin Association Hall of Fame.
Dr. Fred Wood Osceola, Iowa
Without Dr. Fred Wood, the ILA would not be where it is today. On Aug. 15, 1971, at the first-ever Iowa Limousin Field Day hosted by Bell-Wood Ltd in Osceola, the Iowa Limousin Association was formed. Officers and directors were elected and 14 new members joined with Dr. Wood serving as the first ILA president. He was president for the next three years and again in 1989.
In April 1970, Bell-Wood’s first halfblood Limousin calves were born. Hawkeye Ova Transplants, Inc., an offshoot of Dr. Wood’s veterinary business, was one of the first successful transplant centers in the U.S. and for many years, the Wood family were major financial supporters of the Iowa Junior Limousin Association (IJLA) through the contribution of their services in providing embryo collection and transfer for IJLA auction at the annual meeting.
Dr. Wood was heavily involved with the Iowa Beef Breeds Council in managing the Iowa Beef Expo. He had great pride in the Limousin breed and is a past recipient of the Iowa Limousin Seedstock Producer of the Year award. In 2011, the IJLA Field Day again was held in Osceola and Dr. Wood was very happy watching the young children showing their cattle and visiting old friends.
The Iowa Limousin Association takes great pride in including Dr. Fred Wood in its inaugural Hall of Fame class.
Leland Dudley Hampton, Iowa
Leland Dudley, Hampton, Iowa, portrayed the entrepreneurial spirit it took to import and promote relatively unknown beef genetics into this country. Mr. Dudley was a real pioneer of the Limousin breed throughout the U.S. He and his partner, Tommy Thompson, created the Dudley-Thompson herd. Dudley-Thompson was Founder Members #21 and they actively promoted the famous DT prefix for many years. Mr. Dudley held the first auction of Limousin cattle in North America and brought in the first fullblood bull that could stay permanently in the United States. He served on the ILA board of directors from 1972 to 1980, serving as president for two of those years. Under his direction, the ILA hosted the NALF convention and World Futurity in 1976. Mr. Dudley managed the first state association sale in 1974 and every sale until 1981. His breed association representation on the Iowa Breed Breeds Council was instrumental in the development of the Iowa Beef Expo and many of the activities of the ILA were developed during his time on the board.
Two half-blood females from the Dudley-Thompson herd were the top-selling lots at the first National Limousin Sale in Denver in 1971, showing the acceptance of Mr. Dudley’s animals. The DT herd was well known for their fertility and performance and that reputation was clearly demonstrated in the dispersal sale in January of 1981.
Mr. Dudley served as a 4-H leader for 25 years and always was a huge supporter of youth programs, feeling that youth work was development of the citizens of the future. He bred quarterhorses and judged numerous horse shows across the Midwest. He was active in the Iowa Auctioneers Association, serving as its president and his auction service managed a variety of sales.
Truly a pioneer of the Limousin breed, it is through many of his efforts that we all know that “Limousin do more things right.”
The Iowa Limousin Association is proud to posthumously induct Leland Dudley as one of the initial members of the Iowa Limousin Hall of Fame.