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Lauren Hyde Honored with Continuing Service Award


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (June 14, 2013) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Lauren Hyde 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.

Hyde earned her master of science degree and doctorate at Colorado State University (CSU) and during this time worked as a graduate research assistant at CSU’s Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock (CGEL). Her experience at CGEL running national cattle evaluations positioned her perfectly for role as director of performance programs at the North American Limousin Foundation from 2000 to 2010. 

Since 2010 she has been working as the genetic evaluation programing specialist for the American Simmental Association (ASA). Recently her role has expanded at ASA to a new position as the Multi-Breed Internation Cattle Evaluation lead geneticist. 

Hyde served on the BIF board of directors from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this she chaired several of the BIF subcommittees. After BIF board went through a strategic planning process in April, 2008,  Lauren chaired a working group that teamed with Larry Cundiff to produce the 9th Edition of the BIF guidelines.

She has also assumed leadership roles for the NCERA-199 group and also in currently a reviewer for the Journal of Animal Science. Lauren and her husband, Don, reside in Keenesburg,  Colo. Hyde, an avid skier, horsewoman and ice skater takes part in much of what makes Colorado a special place to live. 

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.

Hyde 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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