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News Release


June 25, 2015

Linda Robins, Angus Journal® assistant editor, Angus Media; 816-383-5200

For more information contact:
Jane Parish
, executive director, Beef Improvement Federation,Mississippi State University; 662-369-4426; www.BIFconference.com; www.beefimprovement.org

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Chris Shivers Awarded BIF Continuing Service Award

BILOXI, Miss. (June 11, 2015) — The Beef Improvement Federation honored Chris Shivers with the Continuing Service Award during its 47th Annual Convention in Biloxi, Miss., June 9-12.

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

Chris Shivers

Chris Shivers (right) of the American Brahman Breeders Association receives a Beef Improvement Federation Continuing Service Award from Steve Munger, retiring BIF president. Shivers received the honor during an awards luncheon June 11 at the organization’s 47th annual convention in Biloxi, Miss.

Shivers has been the executive vice president of the American Brahman Breeders Association since 2004. He initially joined the ABBA staff in 2000 upon completing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and extension education from Mississippi State University.

His early responsibilities included director of association services/youth where he directed an F-1 certification program, research and breed improvement programs and the activities of the American Junior Brahman Association, among other duties.

During his tenure a number of innovative programs and educational opportunities have been initiated to assist members with tools to better their herds and ultimately become more profitable. Because of these efforts, the organization has seen increased growth and remained viable.

Shivers has served in several industry capacities, including as the Texas Purebred Cattle Alliance president in 2010-2011, secretary of the American Breeds Coalition and the U.S. Beef Breeds Council, as well as serving on the BIF board of directors.

To recognize his contributions, Shivers was presented the BIF Continuing Service Award at a luncheon Thursday, June 11. Also receiving Continuing Service Awards were Joe Cassady, retiring executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation; Lois Schreiner, Kansas State University; and Andy Boston, Purdue University Extension.

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

Editor’s Note: This article was written as a news release by Angus Media staff and may be redistributed without further permission.

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