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Brian House Honored with Continuing Service Award


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (June 14, 2013) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Brian House with the Continuing Service Award during the organization's 45th annual meeting and research symposium in Oklahoma City, Okla., June 12-15, 2013. The award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the industry.


House, Select Sires vice president and beef program manager, served on the BIF board of directors as the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) representative from 2008 to 2012. NAAB is responsible for pulling together the Wednesday night program every other year at the annual BIF convention. During his board tenure, he worked with the various meeting organizers to put together memorable and education programs to kick off the BIF meetings. 

House, a native of East Central Indiana, was raised on a diversified livestock and grain farm, near the small town of Cambridge City. He loved managing and working with his family’s registered Shorthorn cow herd and was very involved in 4-H at a youth.

Brian studied animal science at Purdue where he was active with the livestock judging team. After Purdue, Brian attended Penn State University and then worked in the industry as a custom fitter, and later as the cow herd manager for Sutherland Shorthorns in Kentucky. 

With the encouragement of Sutherland’s manager Jack Ragsdale, he applied for a position as the manager of the beef department at Select Sires in Ohio working under the direction of Roy Wallace. 

House has been an integral part of Select Sires’ success over the last two decades. With Roy’s passing Brian helped initiate the founding of the Roy Wallace Memorial Scholarship. Continuing to serve BIF in small ways, Brian is affectionately known as “the thumb” and makes sure the technical portions of the BIF Seedstock and Commercial Producer presentations go off each year without a hitch.

Continuing Service award winners have made a major contributions to BIF past, present and future.  This includes serving on the board of directors, speaking at BIF conventions, working on BIF guidelines and other behind the scene activities. As BIF is a totally volunteer organization it is the contribution of time and passion for the beef cattle industry that keeps BIF moving forward.


House was presented the BIF Continuing Service Award at a luncheon Friday, June 14, in Oklahoma City.

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.


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