Yon Family Farms Named BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year
The work of the primarily Angus operation in South Carolina gained the attention of the BIF team for its dedication toward genetically improving the seedstock sector of the beef industry.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (June 9, 2020) — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, the BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year Award on June 11 during the group’s online presentation of the annual meeting and symposium. This national award is presented on an annual basis to recognize an operation’s dedication to improving the beef industry at the seedstock level.
The work of the primarily Angus operation in South Carolina gained the attention of the BIF team for their dedication toward genetically improving the seedstock sector of the beef industry. Click here for original image.
The family-owned operation started in 1996, when Kevin and Lydia Yon purchased 100 acres and 100 Angus cows. The pair met while attending Clemson University, where they both were pursuing degrees in animal science.
Today the operation is still managed by Kevin and Lydia, with the help of their three children: Sally, Drake and Corbin. Yon Family Farms has grown to more than 1,000 acres and 1,500 brood cows. The operation hosts two production sales a year, where close to 400 registered bulls and 200 females are sold.
The Yon family is known for their dedication to helping their customers succeed. From their open-door policy with consumer farm tours to their dedication to data collection. The operation utilizes several different data collection programs that provide beneficial information to potential customers and valuable data to breed associations.
The American Angus Association and Clemson University nominated the Yon family for this award because of their dedication to the Angus breed and the entire cattle industry. The Yon family goes above and beyond in all areas of production, serving as stewards of their land, as well as their livestock. By grazing and processing forage as sustainably as possible, the operation is fulfilling its role as caretaker.
In an effort to help meet the needs of their customers, the family introduced genetics from Simmental and Brangus cattle to the herd. Their decision has not only served their primarily progressive, commercial cattlemen customer base, but also helped the beef industry progress forward.
For more information about this year’s symposium, including additional award winners and coverage of meeting, visit the Awards and Newsroom pages of BIFconference.com. For more information about BIF, visit BeefImprovement.org.
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