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Virginia BCIA Announces 1999 Awards

Livestock Update, April 1999

Scott Greiner, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

The Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association presented its 1999 Superior Service Award to Dr. A.L. "Ike" Eller at the 1999 Virginia Cattle Industry Convention at Hot Springs on February 26. Dr. Eller has had tremendous impact on the Virginia beef cattle industry through his service as Virginia BCIA's educational advisor, as well as his position of Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Virginia Tech. The strength and tradition of the BCIA Central Bull Tests and Sales that grew under the leadership of Dr. Eller have had a significant impact on improving the genetic quality of beef cattle raised in Virginia. Dr. Eller assisted in developing the Beef Improvement Federation, and served as the Executive Director of the organization. He has served as advisor to several breed associations, and has won numerous awards for his leadership and extension achievements, including being named the 1993 Man of the Year in Virginia Agriculture.

Three breeders were awarded Premier Breeder Awards based on outstanding performance of their entire consignment at Virginia BCIA Central Bull Test Stations in the test year 1997-98. These awards were as follows: Angus - Brandy Rock Farm, Marvin Minor, Brandy Station, Va. Bulls were tested at Culpeper. Gelbvieh - Knoll Crest Farm, James Bennett & Family, Red House, Va. Bulls were tested at Red House. Simmental - Tom & Ruth Clark, Belvue Farm at Wythville, Va. Bulls tested at Wytheville.

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