In keeping with the Beef Improvement Federation's (BIF) primary objective to work for establishment of accurate and uniform procedures for measuring, recording and assessing beef cattle performance data, BIF has, since 1970, provided the Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs.
State level beef cattle improvement associations, national level breed association performance programs, land grant university Animal Science departments and individual performance beef cattle enthusiasts have utilized the Guidelines as the single reference source for standardized procedures resulting in more rapid beef cattle genetic change. In response to the industry's need for uniform application of new beef cattle animal breeding research results, BIF has periodically revised the Guidelines resulting in the Seventh Edition in 1996.
Under the editorship of Dr. Curtiss Bailey, Professor Emeritus, University of Nevada-Reno, key thought leaders have authored Evaluation, Genetic Prediction and Utilization sections. The Evaluation section contains breeding herd evaluation, progeny evaluation, ultrasound scanning and biotechnology. The Genetic Prediction section covers National Cattle Evaluation. The Utilization section includes guidelines for seedstock performance programs, guidelines for commercial performance programs, the integrated genetic systems concept and resource management and analysis.
Copies of the Seventh Edition of the BIF Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs may be obtained from:
Ron Bolze, BIF Executive Director,
Northwest Research Extension Center
105 Experiment Farm Road
P. O. Box 786
Colby, KS 67701
The cost is $15.00 per copy, including postage. Make checks payable to BIF.
If 5 copies or more of the Guidelines are requested, the price is $10 per copy plus postage.