McPhee Red Angus donates bull to raise funds for BIF
McPhee Red Angus of Lodi, Calif., is one of four seedstock producers who donated a bull to raise funds for the Beef Improvement Federation's 41st Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. McPhee's donation raised $1,500 at the special auction that was held in conjunction with the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association and the California Cattlemen's Association 92nd Annual Convention on Nov. 20 in Sparks, Nev.
The McPhee family offered the bull in memory of the late Roy McPhee, a past member of the BIF board of directors, to benefit the 2009 event. "Dad strongly believed in being a member of the organizations that were our industry partners," said his daughter, Rita McPhee. "We were honored to memorialize him by giving back to the industry."
Visalia Livestock Market owner Randy Baxley, Visalia, Calif., purchased McPhee Huricane 331, a July 31, 2007, son of Golden Boy 3533 out of a California Supreme 2087 daughter. In addition, the McPhees donated 20 units of McPhee Pacific Pride 4127 semen.
McPhee Red Angus is one of the largest Red Angus producers west of the Rocky Mountains. The McPhee family--Nellie, Mike, Mary, Rita and their individual families--have been raising performance cattle since 1970.
McPhee Red Angus was named CBCIA's Seedstock Producer of the Year in 1986 and the late Roy McPhee received the CBCIA's Horizon Award in 1996. A family-owned-and-operated business, McPhees market their cattle through their annual production sale in late September when they sell approximately 100 bulls and 40 females. Persistent selection for economically relevant traits such as yearling weight and carcass quality has led to their efficiency and success.
The other three donating ranches were Oak Ridge Angus, Calistoga, Calif.; Silveira Bros., Firebaugh, Calif.; and Sonoma Mountain Herefords, Santa Rosa, Calif.
The CBCIA and CCA will host the BIF annual conference April 30 through May 3 in Sacramento, Calif. BIF works with cattle breeders to improve the science and technology applied by the beef industry with the purpose of improving production. More than 750 cattle breeders, commercial producers, university researchers and supporting businesses and organizations are expected to attend the four-day conference held in downtown Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and the Sacramento Convention Center.