The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented a variety of awards at its meeting last week in Sacramento, CA, honoring producers and researchers who have contributed to the genetic improvement of the beef industry.

The group honored three cattlemen with its Pioneer Award – Bruce Orvis of Farmington, CA, a lifelong Hereford breeder; Bruce Golden, Cal Poly-San Louis Obispo professor of dairy science; and posthumously to Red Angus breeder Roy McPhee of Lodi, CA.

Four people received the Continuing Service Award – Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky Extension beef breeding and genetics specialist; Dave Daley, a commercial cow-calf producer and California State University-Chico College of Agriculture associate dean; Renee Lloyd, McCormick Company account executive, Johnston, IA; and Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center research associate in Clay Center, NE.

Two graduate students received the Frank H. Baker Memorial Scholarship for 2009. They are Scott Speidel, Colorado State University; and Lance D. Leachman, Virginia Tech. Kelli Toledo, Visalia, CA, was awarded the BIF Ambassador Award.

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