PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 23, 2008 - Select Sires Inc., together with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) and the Ohio Cattlemen's Association, has established the Roy A. Wallace BIF Memorial Fund to honor Wallace, who devoted his life to beef-cattle improvement. Wallace worked for Select Sires for 40 years, serving as vice-president, beef programs. He passed away in January at the age of 63.
Wallace became involved with BIF in its infancy and was the only person to attend each of the first 40 BIF conventions. He loved what BIF stands for - an organization that brings together purebred and commercial cattle breeders, academia and breed associations, all committed to improving beef cattle. Wallace was honored with both the BIF Pioneer Award and BIF Continuing Service Award and co-authored the BIF 25-year history, Ideas into Action.
"Roy was one of those people that everyone could rally around," said Twig Marston, executive secretary for BIF. Brian House, beef program manager for Select Sires, added, "Let us rally around Roy - our friend who dedicated his life to improving beef cattle and the lives of the people who raise them. He truly made a difference."
Contributions may be sent to: Roy A. Wallace Memorial Fund, c/o Union County Federation, 126 N. Main St., P.O. Box 608, Marysville, OH 43040. Checks should be made payable to Union County Foundation with "Roy Wallace BIF Memorial" written in the memo line.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America's best genetics at a reasonable price.