Gibb presented Pioneer Award |

Gibb presented Pioneer Award

Jim Gibb (center), Louisville, Colorado, receives the Beef Improvement Federation Pioneer Award. Presenting the award are Steve Radakovich (left), Radakovich Cattle Co., Earlham, Iowa, and Lee Leachman, 2018-2019 BIF president. Gibb was honored June 20 at the organization’s 51st annual convention in Brookings, South Dakota.

BROOKINGS, South Dakota – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Jim Gibb, Louisville, Colorado, the BIF Pioneer Award June 20 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Brookings, South Dakota.

The award recognizes individuals who have made lasting contributions to the improvement of beef cattle, honoring those who have had a major role in acceptance of performance reporting and documentation as the primary means to make genetic change in beef cattle.

Gibb has broad experience in the cattle business and animal science. He has been a leader at two breed associations — American Polled Hereford Association and American Gelbvieh Association — served the National Livestock and Meat Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, founded an animal genomics company and taught beef cattle management at the University of Illinois. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and master’s and doctorate degrees from Colorado State University. Gibb is also a past BIF board member.

He cofounded Frontier Beef Systems with the American Simmental Association, focusing on providing DNA testing to seedstock producers. He later sold the company to Merial that in turn sold it to Neogen. Following the sale of the company he worked for both companies until retiring in 2018.

More than 500 beef producers, academia and industry representatives attended the organization’s 51st annual convention. 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 For more information about BIF, visit


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