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Joe Cassady, executive director, Beef Improvement Federation, North Carolina State University; 919-513-0262; www.BIFconference.com; www.beefimprovement.org

Ky Pohler Awarded BIF Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarship

HOUSTON, Texas. (April 19, 2012) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) awarded Ky Pohler with a Roy A. Wallace Memorial Scholarship during the organization's 44th annual meeting and research symposium in Houston, Texas, April 18-21. The award recognizes two students who have made a significant commitment and passion for the industry.

Hailing from Ashland, Mo., Pohler is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri (MU) studying animal science. He earned a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.

He was a Dorris D. and Christine M. Brown International Agriculture Program fellow in 2011, which helped him fund the travel for his internship in Brazil with FMVZ – UNESP, Agopecuária Fazenda Brasil. There, he developed and established research collaboration in Brazilian beef operations.

He serves as the Animal Science Graduate Student Association president — and has for the past two years. He is also a current mentor in the MU Gradate Mentor program, and a member of the American Society of Animal Science and the Society for the Study of Reproduction. In addition to organizations, he won third place oral presentation in the 2011 MU Graduate Forum.

He currently trains Select Sires interns, having interned himself in 2010, through the F.B. Miller Internship in Reproduction Management.

In 2010 and 2011, he was invited to speak at a feedlot tour in western Kansas, a beef Extension group in southeast Missouri, a beef extension group in northwest Missouri, and at the Applied Reproduction Strategies in Beef Cattle Conference.

The Roy A. Wallace Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Memorial Fund was established to honor the life and career of Roy Wallace. Wallace, who worked for Select Sires for 40 years, served as vice president of beef programs and devoted his life to the improvement of beef cattle. He became involved with BIF in its infancy and was the only person to attend each of the first 40 BIF conventions. He loved what BIF stood for — bringing together purebred and commercial cattle breeders, academia and breed associations, all committed to improving beef cattle.

Wallace was honored with both the BIF Pioneer Award and BIF Continuing Service Award, and he co-authored the BIF 25-year history, Ideas into Action. This scholarship was established to encourage young men and women interested in beef improvement to pursue those interests as he did, with dedication and passion. Two $1,250 scholarships are offered, one to an undergraduate and the other to a graduate student.

For more information about this year's symposium, including additional award winners and coverage of the meeting and tours, visit www.BIFconference.com. For more information about the BIF organization, visit www.beefimprovement.org.




Editor's Note: This article is provided as a news release by the Beef Improvement Federation. For a high-resolution photo of the winner, additional award announcements and coverage of the meeting, visit the Awards page at www.BIFconference.com.

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) was formed more than 40 years ago as a means to standardize beef cattle performance programs and methodologies and to create greater awareness, acceptance and usage of these concepts of genetic improvement. BIF represents more than 40 state and national beef cattle associations. For more details about the BIF organization, contact Executive Director Joe Cassady at 919-513-0262.



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