Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
June 8-12, 2020 • Online Program

Award Finalists Named

Beef Improvement Federation announces seedstock, commercial award finalists.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (May 29, 2020) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) announced finalists for its Seedstock and Commercial Producer awards on Friday, May 22. Both developed in 1972, the Seedstock Producer Award recognizes outstanding seedstock producers across the nation, while the Commercial Producer Award recognizes commercial producers for their dedication to improving the beef industry at the commercial level.

Grund Beef Genetics, Town Creek Farm and Yon Family Farms are this year’s finalists for Seedstock Producer of the Year.

Grund Beef Genetics, Sharon Springs, Kansas, was nominated by the Kansas Livestock Association. The operation consists of about 400 head of cattle, both purebred and commercial seedstock. The purebred operation includes Gelbvieh, Angus and Red Angus genetics. Balancer is the predominate breed on the ranch, providing profitable traits of crossbreeding to their customers.

Town Creek Farm, West Point, Mississippi, is a Brangus seedstock operation founded in 1993. The cow herd consists of 500 Brangus and Ultrablack cows; 90 Brahman, three-quarter-Brahman and VigorMaxTM cows; and 250 commercial Brangus cows. The operation has a strong international business, marketing live animals, semen and embryos into Australia, Brazil, Paraguay and Thailand. In collaboration with Neogen and the University of Florida, a DNA product was developed to identify the percent Bos indicus in cattle, resulting in Town Creek Farm introducing and trademarking VigorMax and TruVigorTM cattle. Town Creek Farm was nominated by the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association.

Yon Family Farms, Ridge Spring, South Carolina, is a primarily Angus operation consisting of 1,500 cows. In response to customer needs, the Yons introduced Simmental and Brangus genetics to their cow herd to provide a genetically broader bull offering. They host two production sales a year. Each February, the family sells 200 registered Angus bulls and 100 females. They market another 300 bulls and 100 females in an October sale. The American Angus Association and Clemson University nominated Yon Family Farms.

Brentwood Farms, Kempfer Cattle Co. and Vest Ranches are finalists for Commercial Producer of the Year.

Brentwood Farms, Brent, Alabama, was established in 2014 and consists of approximately 400 Simmental and Angus-cross cows. With an eye on performance, the Brentwood Farms foundation has been built using Alabama-BCIA-proven genetics from fellow BCIA producers and bull evaluations, along with leading genetics in the utilization of artificial insemination. The operation maintains a 90-day fall calving season and grazes Bahia and Bermuda grass pastures. Brentwood Farms is nominated by the Alabama BCIA.

Kempfer Cattle Co., based in Saint Cloud, Florida, is six generations strong. In addition to approximately 3,000 cows and 750 replacement females on 25,000 acres in Florida, the Kempfers operate a heifer-development program in Macon, Mississippi, on 2,000 acres. Ninety percent of the cow herd is a commercial mix of Brahman, Angus and Shorthorn bulls for a maternal cross and Charolais for terminal crosses. The balance are purebred Brahman and Angus cattle. Replacements are required to have a minimum of 50% Brahman blood. Kempfer Cattle Co. was nominated by the University of Florida’s Department of Animal Sciences.

Vest Ranches, Childress, Texas, consists of 1,200 head of progressive Angus and Charolais cattle. Their unique feeding program, 75-day breeding season, December calving, and management of limited forage and water resources sets their ranch apart from others, all while improving rangelands and wildlife habitat. Vest Ranch cattle must be hard workers without sacrificing condition in order to thrive in the harsh landscape of West Texas. Vest Ranches is the definition of sustainability, making the land, cattle and business viable to pass to the coveted fifth generation and beyond. The American Angus Association and the American-International Charolais Association nominated Vest Ranches.

The winner of the Seedstock Producer Award will be announced during the BIF Symposium Online Awards program Wednesday, June 10, at 1 p.m. CDT. The Commercial Producer Award will be presented Tuesday, June 9, at 1 p.m. CDT. Beef Magazine sponsors both the Seedstock and Commercial Producer of the Year awards.

A complete list of nominees, as well as biographies, can be found at

BIF will host its 52nd annual symposium online the week of June 8, starting at noon CDT each day. To register for the free online symposium, visit For Angus Media’s online coverage of the event, visit

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a news release by the Beef Improvement Federation. For more information contact Angie Stump Denton, Beef Improvement Federation Communication Coordinator, or 785-562-6197.

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