The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, this week, is commemorating the 40th anniversary of its founding. Among the presentations and festivities, BIF presented a number of awards.

Pioneer Awards are given annually in recognition of individuals who made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle and have had a major role in the acceptance of performance reporting and documentation as the primary means to make genetic change in beef cattle populations. Cited this year, were cattleman R.A. "Rob" Brown, R.A. Brown Ranch, Throckmorton, TX; Jim Gosey, University of Nebraska Extension beef specialist and professor emeritus; and David and Emma Danciger, Tybar Ranch, Carbondale, CO.

Meanwhile, Broseco Ranch, owned by Broventure Co., Inc., and managed by Tom Woodward, earned the BIF's 2007 Commercial Producer Award.

Other nominees included: 4Z Farms, owned and managed by Dennis and Cheryl Zumbrunn, Kansas; CK Ranch, owned by John K. Vanier and managed by Ray Negus, Kansas; Barry and Larry Dowell Families Ranch, owned by Barry and Larry Dowell, Illinois; Eagle Rock Ranch, owned by Lawlor Wakem and managed by Chris Christianson, Colorado; Eatinger Cattle Co. Inc., owned by Wayne and Roxanne Eatinger and managed by Wayne Eatinger, Nebraska;

JHL Ranch, owned by Art and Merry Brownlee and managed by Tom Erxleben, Nebraska; Lacey Livestock, owned and managed by John, Mark and Nicki Lacey, California; Lerwick Brothers LLC, owned and managed by Michael & Diane, David & Ashley, Jim & Linda Lerwick, Wyoming; MG Farms, owned by Ron and Shaunna Melancon and managed by Ron Melancon, Mississippi; and Stuart Land and Cattle Co. of Virginia, Inc., family owned and managed by Zan Stuart, Virginia.

BIF Continuing Service Award were bestowed on Sally Northcutt, genetic research director at the American Angus Association, and Craig Huffhines, executive vice president and CEO of the American Hereford Association. The award recognizes individuals for their service to the organization and to the beef industry.

Angie Denton, editor of the Hereford World, was named recipient of the Ambassador Award, given annually to a member of the media for their efforts in helping cattle producers understand cattle performance testing and genetic prediction tools.

Ten purebred operations are vying for BIF's 2007 Seedstock Producer Award, with the finalist to be named at the June 8 award luncheon. Among the finalists are:

5L Red Angus, owned and managed by Larry and Lisa Mehlhoff, Montana; Bridle Bit Simmentals, owned by Errol and Gayle Cook & Sons (Chad, Brent and Brad) and managed by Chad Cool, Colorado; Echo Ridge Farm, owned and managed by C.W. Pratt, Virginia; Heartland Cattle Company, owned and managed by Tom and Cora Lynch, Iowa; Lindskov-Thiel Ranch, owned by Les and Marcia Lindskov & Brent and Nancy Thiel, managed by Brent Thiel, South Dakota;

Pelton Simmental/Red Angus, owned by Lynn and Gary Pelton families, managed by Lynn Pelton, Kansas; Star Lake Cattle Ranch, owned by Jim and Randy Blin, managed by Montie Soules, Oklahoma; TC Ranch, owned by Vance, Connie and Dru Uden, Nebraska; Tinney Farms, owned by Howard Tinney, and managed by Arlin Taylor, Alabama; and Tomlinson Farms, owned by George and Deanna Tomlinson, managed by Tommy Tomlinson, Illinois.

For the latest results and more coverage of the BIF annual meeting, visit: www.bifconference.com.
-- BIF news release