Beef Improvement Federation

Brown Presented Continuing Service Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Donnell Brown, Throckmorton, Texas, a BIF Continuing Service Award June 10 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium online.

Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization. This includes serving on the board of directors, speaking at BIF conventions, working on BIF guidelines and other behind-the-scenes activities. As BIF is a volunteer organization, it is this contribution of time and passion for the beef cattle industry that moves BIF forward.

Brown owns and manages the R.A. Brown Ranch seedstock division, along with Kelli, his wife. R.A. Brown Ranch consists of Angus, Red Angus and SimAngus cattle and sells genetics across the country. Donnell and Kelli are fifth-generation ranchers, and work closely with their sons, Tucker and Lanham, to continue the tradition of raising and merchandising top quality seedstock.

A leader since his high school days, Brown served as both Texas FFA and National FFA president. He has assisted with strategic planning for four different breed associations as well as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Brown was elected to the BIF Board of Directors in 2012 and served as the 2017-2018 BIF president.

“I can think of few individuals who are more devoted to improving the beef cattle industry than Donnell,” says Lee Leachman, 2018-2019 BIF president. “If you know Donnell, you know that he is ‘all in’ on everything he does – whether leading an organization, speaking to a group, giving you a ranch tour, planmating his cows, engaging with his kids or sharing his faith.”

To date, more than 1,200 beef producers, academia and industry representatives have registered to participate in the organization’s 52nd Annual Research Symposium — Online. BIF’s mission is to help improve the industry by promoting greater acceptance of beef cattle performance evaluation.

For more information about this year’s symposium, including additional award winners and coverage of meeting and tours, visit


The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is an organization dedicated to coordinating all segments of the beef industry — from researchers and producers to retailers — in an effort to improve the efficiency, profitability and sustainability of beef production. The organization was initiated more than 50 years ago to encourage the use of objective measurements to evaluate beef cattle. Continuing the tradition, BIF is now the clearinghouse for developing standardized programs and methodologies for recording of performance data for all traits, from birth weights to carcass traits. Its three-leaf-clover logo symbolizes the link between industry, extension and research.