The Beef Improvement Federation has been connecting science and the meat industry since 1968 in a singular aim to enhance beef cattle genetics throughout breeds. Cattle producers, Extension specialists and researchers work collectively to enhance the profitability and sustainability of beef manufacturing.
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UNDERGRADUATE WALLACE SCHOLAR: Eva Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kan., acquired the $1,250 2021 Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduates, introduced by the Beef Improvement Federation. Hinrichsen research animal science at Oklahoma State College. She was the 2020 Miss American Angus and was chosen as one of OSU’s High 20 Freshman Ladies. She plans to take part on the OSU livestock judging crew. “After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I would like to continue on to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition and livestock reproduction, and then acquire my doctorate degree to teach at a land-grant university,” she says. Hinrichsen additionally plans to remain concerned in her household’s cattle operation and develop her personal herd of registered Angus cattle. (Courtesy of Beef Improvement Federation)
Yearly, BIF acknowledges excellent cattle producers and industry contributors who additional that aim. This yr’s recipients included industry luminaries in addition to the following technology, who will proceed the work to enhance beef cattle genetics. Two Kansas households had been additionally honored for his or her work with each seedstock and industrial cattle herds.
Seedstock Producer of the Yr
The Brunner household of Cow Camp Ranch, Misplaced Springs, Kan., acquired the 2021 BIF Seedstock Producer of the Yr award for dedication to bettering the meat industry on the seedstock degree. Kansas Livestock Affiliation nominated the household.
GRADUATE WALLACE SCHOLAR: Gessica Franco (middle), Faculty Station, Texas, acquired the $1,250 2021 Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarship for Graduate College students from Lorna Marshall and Norm Vincell of Choose Sires Inc. Franco is engaged on her doctorate within the physiology of replica at Texas A&M College. She works with Ky Pohler, an assistant professor in physiology of replica, researching the normal view of male impact on being pregnant outcomes in cattle and the numerous impression it has on bettering the sire fertility analysis system. The Wallace Scholarships had been established by Choose Sires to honor the life and profession of Roy Wallace, who labored for Choose Sires for 40 years, devoting his life to the advance of beef cattle. (Courtesy of Beef Improvement Federation)
The Brunner household has been farming and ranching for the reason that early Eighteen Nineties on the western edge of the Flint Hills, simply off the outdated Santa Fe Path. The fifth technology of Brunners is elevating cattle on the identical land that was initially settled.
The registered Simmental cow herd was based in 1969 by Kent Brunner, utilizing some of the unique Simmental genetics imported into america. Cow Camp Ranch was one of the earliest members of the American Simmental Affiliation.
At this time Kent and his son Nolan handle the 800 head of registered Simmental, Sim-Angus, and Angus cows on native Flint Hills grass year-round. Crossbreeding maximizes the genetic potential of each the Simmental and Angus breeds, utilizing each embryo switch and synthetic insemination. Every spring the Brunners market about 250 head of bulls and a choose group of females of their annual bull sale, held the primary Friday in February.
BAKER/CUNDIFF AWARD: Mai Mueller (second from left), Davis, Calif., acquired the $1,000, 2021 Frank Baker/Larry Cundiff Beef Improvement Essay Contest award for graduate college students from Larry Cundiff (left); Alison Van Eenennaam, Extension specialist in animal biotechnology and genomics, College of California, Davis; and Robert Williams, American Wagyu Affiliation govt director and BIF board historian. The award honors excellent pupil analysis and aggressive writing. Mueller, from Princeton, Neb., is engaged on her doctorate at UC Davis. Her essay, “Gene Editing as a Tool for Genetic Improvement of Beef Cattle” is posted to the BIF web site, bifsymposium.com. Baker performed a key management function in establishing the BIF in 1968 whereas chairman of the Division of Animal Science on the College of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cundiff spent a 40-year profession as a analysis geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Analysis Service, main the genetics and breeding analysis unit on the U.S. Meat Animal Analysis Heart till 2005. (Courtesy of Beef Improvement Federation)
The household additionally owns and operates a 9,000-head industrial feedyard managed by Kent’s brothers, Mark and Tracy Brunner. The Brunners additionally personal a number of thousand acres in native grass, hay and crop manufacturing.
Business Producer of the Yr
The Weltmer household of W&S Ranch Inc., Smith Heart, Kan., had been acknowledged for his or her dedication to bettering the meat industry on the industrial degree.
The W&S Ranch was began by Richard Weltmer and his spouse, Avis (Sprague), when Richard got here again from serving within the Korean Warfare. In 1977, their two sons, Kenton and Mike, returned to the ranch, and by 1978 the operation transitioned into W&S Ranch Inc. In 2003, grandson Philip and his spouse, Jessica, returned to the ranch.
TRAILBLAZER: The Beef Improvement Federation introduced a 2021 Persevering with Service Award to Lee Leachman (middle), Fort Collins, Colo., for his trailblazing work in utilizing superior applied sciences to enhance beef cattle genetics. Leachman is the managing companion of Leachman Cattle of Colorado, based mostly in Fort Collins, and he served because the 2018-19 BIF president. Annually Leachman sells greater than 2,500 bulls, working with a community of greater than 40 cooperating herds. Consequently of his life’s work to enhance feed effectivity, high quality, productiveness and carcass worth in his cattle, he began $Revenue, a personal genetic analysis that calculates and gives EPDs and choice indexes on greater than 1.5 million cattle in its database. Leachman and his spouse, Lisa, accepted the award from Donnell Brown, Throckmorton, Texas, on the 53 Annual Symposium and Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, June 23. (Courtesy of Beef Improvement Federation)
W&S Ranch runs each a industrial cow herd and a registered Angus herd. Their 180 cows are all bred via synthetic insemination utilizing Angus or Sim-Angus genetics, and are adopted with Angus cleanup bulls raised by the Weltmers. Cows calve between Jan. 20 and March 1, leading to a good calving window that permits a really uniform cohort of calves to be completed within the household’s feedyard. They’re processed at 13-and-a-half months of age.
Cows rotationally graze on native and summer season grasses from April 15 to Oct. 1, after which are positioned on cornstalks. Throughout calving season, they’ve supplemental feed from mid-January till breeding. W&S Ranch emphasizes improved genetics and profit-proven outcomes. The Kansas Livestock Affiliation nominated the Weltmers as a result of of their openness to vary, and the way each section of the enterprise is repeatedly beneath analysis to enhance effectivity and effectiveness.
APPLIED RESEARCH: The Beef Improvement Federation introduced a 2021 Persevering with Service Award to Jane Parish, Verona, Miss., for her service as BIF govt director. Parish is the division head for the North Mississippi Analysis and Extension Heart in Verona and the interim head for the Mississippi State College Division of Animal and Dairy Sciences. Utilized analysis is the center and soul of Parish’s profession as a professor and Extension skilled at MSU. She’s written numerous analysis papers on replica, genetics, cattle administration, forage utilization and extra. And he or she’s led the way in which in selling and administering profitable Extension programming. Parish accepted the award from Former BIF President Marty Ropp. (Courtesy of Beef Improvement Federation)
Each households had been acknowledged on the BIF 53rd Annual Analysis Symposium and Conference, held in individual in Des Moines, Iowa, June 24.
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