Houston -- The 44th Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium was held April 18 - 21 in Houston and was co-hosted by the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) and Texas AgriLife Extension. The conference is considered the beef industry's premier event. Over 300 industry professionals, researchers, academia and ranchers gathered from across the nation to report on and discuss the most recent beef industry research, and to work to make this research applicable to the ranching world. The ABBA is pleased to have had this year's meeting focus on the influence of Bos indicus genetics in the U.S.

Each year, the BIF selects one outstanding seedstock producer and one outstanding commercial producer to receive recognition at its annual meeting. This year, the ABBA is pleased to announce V8 Ranch of Boling, Texas as the recipient of the BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year award. V8 Ranch was recognized April 20 at the 44th BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium's award lunch.

The ABBA is also delighted to have nominated Kempfer Cattle Company of Saint Cloud, Fla. as its nominee for the BIF's Commercial Producer of the Year award. Kempfer was recognized April 19.

V8 Ranch was selected from 12 seedstock producer nominees, and Kempfer Cattle Company competed in a category of eight other producer nominees. The ABBA is proud to support association members in receiving this esteemed recognition.

Through this event, Bos indicus genetics, and especially Brahman cattle have been recognized for their value in the U.S. beef industry. This is another major step in promoting the benefits of Brahman and Brahman F-1 crosses to the country's most prominent beef industry representatives, the people who educate and influence our nation's cattlemen.

The American Brahman Breeders Association is the world registry for Brahman cattle, the #1 beef breed for efficiency, hybrid vigor, and environmental adaptation. For more information about Brahman cattle or the American Brahman Breeders Association, visit

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