Beef Improvement Federation

History

Founded in 1968, the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is an organization dedicated to advancing and coordinating all segments of the beef industry. From the start, the BIF sought to connect science and industry to improve beef cattle genetics.

One of the first projects of the BIF was to develop a way of standardizing all performance records across beef cattle breeds both nationally and internationally. The result of the project is the modern day Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) system, a tool the beef industry relies heavily on today.

Continuing the tradition of using science to benefit producers, the BIF is now the capstone for developing programs for improving the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of beef production. The BIF three-leaf-clover logo symbolizes the link between industry, extension and research.

The Beef Improvement Federation holds an annual convention, bringing together industry professionals, producers and researchers to discuss current issues facing the beef industry. Many of the issues covered lead to new research and research projects to benefit the beef industry as a whole, and members look forward to the following BIF Conventions to see the progress of these research projects.