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Montana ranches & beef industry facilities featured during BIF tour

Bill Brewster

Beef cattle producers and industry leaders from across the world toured several highly regarded seedstock ranches on June 5 along with stops at a state-of-the-art performance testing feedlot and a leading custom collection facility. The tour was one of the highlights of the 2011 Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) annual meeting and symposium, which was held June 1-4 and headquartered in Bozeman at Montana State University.

The contingent traveled in several chartered busses and a trailing procession of cars and trucks to locations in the south central and southwestern part of the state.

“The feedback we got was very complimentary on both the tour locations and the Montana scenery,” said Larry Mehlhoff, current BIF president and owner of one of the highlighted ranch tour locations.

“There were a lot of producers from the eastern seaboard on the tour that saw an entirely different way of managing and handling cattle that fits in with our western conditions and lifestyle,” Mehlhoff continued. “We had hoped that there would have been a higher attendance at the symposium but if you look at the weather and the conditions in the country and the fuel costs as well, it had to have an impact. We certainly had over a hundred (people) on our tour of the west and everyone had a fun time and learned a lot.”

It was rather spectacular day with the sunny weather conditions, which were welcome after weeks of cold weather and rain, Mehlhoff added.

Beef cattle producers and industry leaders from across the world toured several highly regarded seedstock ranches on June 5 along with stops at a state-of-the-art performance testing feedlot and a leading custom collection facility. The tour was one of the highlights of the 2011 Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) annual meeting and symposium, which was held June 1-4 and headquartered in Bozeman at Montana State University.

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The contingent traveled in several chartered busses and a trailing procession of cars and trucks to locations in the south central and southwestern part of the state.

“The feedback we got was very complimentary on both the tour locations and the Montana scenery,” said Larry Mehlhoff, current BIF president and owner of one of the highlighted ranch tour locations.

“There were a lot of producers from the eastern seaboard on the tour that saw an entirely different way of managing and handling cattle that fits in with our western conditions and lifestyle,” Mehlhoff continued. “We had hoped that there would have been a higher attendance at the symposium but if you look at the weather and the conditions in the country and the fuel costs as well, it had to have an impact. We certainly had over a hundred (people) on our tour of the west and everyone had a fun time and learned a lot.”

It was rather spectacular day with the sunny weather conditions, which were welcome after weeks of cold weather and rain, Mehlhoff added.

Beef cattle producers and industry leaders from across the world toured several highly regarded seedstock ranches on June 5 along with stops at a state-of-the-art performance testing feedlot and a leading custom collection facility. The tour was one of the highlights of the 2011 Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) annual meeting and symposium, which was held June 1-4 and headquartered in Bozeman at Montana State University.

The contingent traveled in several chartered busses and a trailing procession of cars and trucks to locations in the south central and southwestern part of the state.

“The feedback we got was very complimentary on both the tour locations and the Montana scenery,” said Larry Mehlhoff, current BIF president and owner of one of the highlighted ranch tour locations.

“There were a lot of producers from the eastern seaboard on the tour that saw an entirely different way of managing and handling cattle that fits in with our western conditions and lifestyle,” Mehlhoff continued. “We had hoped that there would have been a higher attendance at the symposium but if you look at the weather and the conditions in the country and the fuel costs as well, it had to have an impact. We certainly had over a hundred (people) on our tour of the west and everyone had a fun time and learned a lot.”

It was rather spectacular day with the sunny weather conditions, which were welcome after weeks of cold weather and rain, Mehlhoff added.

Beef cattle producers and industry leaders from across the world toured several highly regarded seedstock ranches on June 5 along with stops at a state-of-the-art performance testing feedlot and a leading custom collection facility. The tour was one of the highlights of the 2011 Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) annual meeting and symposium, which was held June 1-4 and headquartered in Bozeman at Montana State University.

The contingent traveled in several chartered busses and a trailing procession of cars and trucks to locations in the south central and southwestern part of the state.

“The feedback we got was very complimentary on both the tour locations and the Montana scenery,” said Larry Mehlhoff, current BIF president and owner of one of the highlighted ranch tour locations.

“There were a lot of producers from the eastern seaboard on the tour that saw an entirely different way of managing and handling cattle that fits in with our western conditions and lifestyle,” Mehlhoff continued. “We had hoped that there would have been a higher attendance at the symposium but if you look at the weather and the conditions in the country and the fuel costs as well, it had to have an impact. We certainly had over a hundred (people) on our tour of the west and everyone had a fun time and learned a lot.”

It was rather spectacular day with the sunny weather conditions, which were welcome after weeks of cold weather and rain, Mehlhoff added.

Beef cattle producers and industry leaders from across the world toured several highly regarded seedstock ranches on June 5 along with stops at a state-of-the-art performance testing feedlot and a leading custom collection facility. The tour was one of the highlights of the 2011 Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) annual meeting and symposium, which was held June 1-4 and headquartered in Bozeman at Montana State University.

The contingent traveled in several chartered busses and a trailing procession of cars and trucks to locations in the south central and southwestern part of the state.

“The feedback we got was very complimentary on both the tour locations and the Montana scenery,” said Larry Mehlhoff, current BIF president and owner of one of the highlighted ranch tour locations.

“There were a lot of producers from the eastern seaboard on the tour that saw an entirely different way of managing and handling cattle that fits in with our western conditions and lifestyle,” Mehlhoff continued. “We had hoped that there would have been a higher attendance at the symposium but if you look at the weather and the conditions in the country and the fuel costs as well, it had to have an impact. We certainly had over a hundred (people) on our tour of the west and everyone had a fun time and learned a lot.”

It was rather spectacular day with the sunny weather conditions, which were welcome after weeks of cold weather and rain, Mehlhoff added.

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