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Reflections on 2020

January 24, 2021 Industry News ASA
Jackie Atkins, Ph.D. | The year 2020 will be permanently branded in our minds as a year of adjusting and persevering. The list of norm-breaking disruptions include the COVID-19 global pandemic, economic strife, civil unrest, record-breaking fire season,…

2021 Golden Book Winners Recognized

January 24, 2021 Industry News ASA
By Dan Rieder | Three men, all of whom served on the ASA Board of Trustees including terms as Board Chairman, are honored with ASA’s highest award. Gordon Hodges, Hamptonville, North Carolina | Science Advocate Gordon Hodges is one of a small handful of ASA…

BIF Releases New Guidelines for Performance Evaluation

Angie Stump Denton, Kansas State University Extension     |      

BIF announces Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs ( CCA )

Since its establishment in 1968, the primary purpose of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has been to bring standardization to performance testing and evaluation. In keeping with this mission, BIF is proud to unveil the latest version of its Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs. After nine printed editions, the Guidelines have been reinvented in a web-based Wiki format, which can be found at

“This new format allows the Guidelines to be continually updated to keep pace with the rapidly evolving field of objectively evaluating beef cattle,” explains BIF President Tommy Clark.

According to Darrh Bullock, BIF eastern regional vice president and chairman of the Guidelines committee, says, “The overall result is a more dynamic set of Guidelines that will enhance and rejuvenate BIF’s contribution to the industry. It achieves the goal of returning the Guidelines to its role of standardization rather than just documentation. Overall, these re-imagined Guidelines will again make BIF the first place people will go when looking at enhancing their breed improvement program.”

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