As part of our 40th anniversary issue in September, BEEF editors want to recognize those, living or deceased, who made the most significant contributions to the U.S. beef industry over the past 40 years, and we want readers to help. Using nominations by readers and final selections by an independent panel of judges, the “BEEF Top 40” will recognize the folks — professional or volunteer — who most contributed to the dynamic beef industry of today.

Go to to access a form you can submit electronically, or print out and mail to BEEF Top 40, 7900 International Dr., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55425. The deadline is July 1.

Make your reservations for the Kansas State University (KSU) BEEF ID Academy. The second of four, comprehensive seminars on electronic animal identification (ID) and traceback is set for June 14-15 at the KSU ID Beef Facility in Manhattan. Other KSU BEEF ID Academy sessions will be held July 19-20 and Aug. 2-3. Find out more about the curriculum, sponsors and registration at

Mesquite Organic Beef LLC, the nation's only large-scale producer of USDA-certified-organic grass-fed beef, is seeking ranchers to join its network. For more information, call 888/480-BEEF, or visit

Judge tosses out Pickett v. IBP jury verdict. The Feb. 17 jury verdict in Pickett v. IBP that recommended Tyson Fresh Meats pay $1.28 billion in damages to plaintiffs disadvantaged by captive supply was overturned by U.S. Senior District Judge Lyle Strom. Strom agreed with a Tyson motion that plaintiffs hadn't proved their contention that the world's largest packer was illegally manipulating prices. Plaintiffs said they plan to appeal the ruling.

Applied Reproductive Strategies In Beef Cattle Symposium is Sept. 1-2. Set for the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte, NE, the meeting is sponsored by the North Central Region Bovine Reproduction Task Force and Extension services from multiple states. Contact Rick Funston at 308/532-3611, Ext. 140, or e-mail for more information or to register.

“BVD Wildfire” is the latest fact sheet available for free download at The fact sheet covers symptoms of bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) as well as confirmation, prevention strategies and managing the potential for further infection, particularly in dealing with, and minimizing, persistently infected calves.

For the second consecutive year, the “Beef. It's What's For Dinner®” checkoff campaign has won an EFFIE, one of the advertising industry's most coveted national awards. The award is presented annually by the New York American Marketing Association in recognition of the year's most effective advertising campaigns. Other winners include Pepsi, IBM and Kellogg.

Online coverage of last month's Beef Improvement Federation annual meeting is available at www.bifcon The coverage is courtesy of Angus Productions Inc., with sponsorship by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Included are releases and articles on cow herd efficiency, DNA fingerprinting, new technologies and genetic prediction.