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BIF Continuing Service Award


Contact: Angie Stump Denton, Beef Improvement Federation Communication Coordinator, angiedenton@ksu.edu or 785-562-6197

June 26, 2018

Pelton Presented Continuing Service Award

LOVELAND, Colorado – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Lynn Pelton, Burdett, Kansas, a BIF Continuing Service Award June 22 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Loveland, Colorado.

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 moves BIF forward.

Attending his first BIF meeting in 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee, Pelton served on the 2000 BIF planning committee that hosted the BIF Annual Meeting and Symposium in Wichita, Kansas, and hosted the final tour stop at their ranch. He served two terms on the BIF Board of Directors and was elected to serve as vice president in 2004 and president in 2005. Pelton has also served BIF as a member of the awards committee and chairman of the nominating committee in 2006-2007.

He has served as an officer, director or committee member in two breed organizations including the Kansas Simmental Association and Red Angus Association of America. He was a founding member of the Kansas Red Angus Association.

Pelton Simmental/Red Angus is a family-owned and operated seedstock business. Lynn started the seedstock operation in 1972 while a student in animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University. The herd has grown to 500 brood cows and the family hosts an annual sale in which bulls and females are marketed.

Pelton Simmentals/Red Angus has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year in 2007, Red Angus Breeder of the Year in 2010, Red Angus Pioneer Breeder of the Year in 2016 and numerous Red Angus Grid Master Awards.

“Lynn’s service to the Beef Improvement Federation, along with significant contributions to other beef cattle organizations, certainly qualify him as a recipient of this most prestigious award,” says Jimmy Holliman of Circle H Cattle Farm, Marion Junction, Alabama.

More than 600 beef producers, academia and industry representatives were in attendance at the organization’s 50th annual convention. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.

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

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is an organization dedicated to coordinating all segments of the beef industry — from researchers and producers to retailers — in an effort to improve the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of beef production. The organization was initiated almost 70 years ago to encourage the use of objective measurements to evaluate beef cattle. Continuing the tradition, BIF is now the clearinghouse for developing standardized programs and methodologies for recording of performance data for all traits, from birth weights to carcass traits. Its three-leaf-clover logo symbolizes the link between industry, extension and research.

Lynn Pelton (center), Burdett, Kansas, receives the Beef Improvement Federation Continuing Service Award from Donnell Brown (left), 2017-2018 BIF president; and Jimmy Holliman, Marion Junction, Alabama. Pelton was honored June 22 at the organization’s 50th annual convention in Loveland, Colorado.

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