A record number of participants — 752 — attended the 37th Annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting and research symposium in Billings, MT, last month. Themed: “Genetics for the Next Generation,” the gathering included general sessions and committee roundtables focused on reproductive efficiency, cow adaptability, multi-breed evaluation, Web-based decision-support tools, selection indexes and producer profitability, as well as day-long tours of area seedstock and commercial cattle operations.

Comprehensive online coverage of the 2005 BIF annual meeting (including video streams of the presentations) is available at www.bifconference.com. The coverage is provided by Angus Productions Inc., and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.

Recognized by BIF with awards were:

  • Seedstock producer of the year — Rishel Angus, North Platte, NE.

  • Commercial producer of the year — Prather Ranch, Fall River Mills, CA.

  • Pioneer Award — for lasting contributions to beef cattle improvement — Jack and Gini Chase, Buffalo Creek Red Angus, Leiter, WY; Jack Cooper, Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek, MT; Dale Davis, Rollin' Rock Angus, Belgrade, MT; Les Holden, Holden Herefords, Valier, MT; and Don Kress, emeritus professor at Montana State University.

  • Ambassador Award — given annually to a media person — Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef LLC director of industry information.

  • Continuing Service Award — Robert Williams, American-International Charolais Association director of breed improvement and foreign marketing; Terry O'Neil, Tomahawk Land and Cattle, MT; Jerry Lipsey, American Simmental Association executive vice president; and Michael MacNeil, Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory animal research geneticist, Miles City, MT.
  • Frank Baker Memorial Scholarship Awards — Matthew Cleveland, Colorado State University; and David Kirschten, Cornell University.