Mehlhoff to lead Beef Improvement Federation

Posted June 15, 2011

Beef Improvement Federation leadership changed hands at the end of the research seminar and annual meeting held in Bozeman, Mont., June 1-5, which included election of the 2011-2012 board of directors. Three Red Angus producers will assume new roles within the Federation.



Larry Mehlhoff of 5L Red Angus, Sheridan, Mont., was elected as president for the 2011-2012 term.  His duties will include presiding over all meetings of the BIF executive board as well as all regular and special meetings. He will also supervise the general affairs of the Federation, sign all legal documents and coordinal BIF committees of which he will serve as an ex-officio member.

Mehlhoff, his wife Lisa, and their children Laramie, Larisa, Landon, Larinda and Logan own and operate 5L Red Angus. Mehlhoffs breed 2,000 head of Red Angus, Angus and commercial females each year and host an annual production sale in March when they market 225 red and black bulls.

Mehlhoff has served five years on the BIF board. He currently sits on the RAAA Strategic Planning Committee.



Two Red Angus breeders joined the BIF Board of Directors. Both terms are for three years and the directors’ primary duties will be to assist with BIF activities in their respective regions.

Barry Horsley of Horsley Red Angus, Stringtown, Okla., was elected to serve as a central region producer representative.

Horsley and his wife Pam own and operate Horlsey Red Angus, a 70-head commercial and registered Red Angus operation. They also manage Arcadia Land and Cattle Co.’s 1,800-head commercial and registered herd that is predominantly Red Angus.

Horsleys have three adult children; a daughter Jamie and her husband David, and two sons, Cal and his wife Shannon, and Will. They have been blessed with three grandchildren. As fourth generation cattlemen, Cal and Will join their father assisting in the management of Arcadia Land and Cattle Co.

In addition, Horsley serves as a director for the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA).

Craig Bieber of Bieber Red Angus, Leola, S.D. will serve the west region as a producer representative.

Craig and his wife Peggy, along with Craig’s parents, Ron and Lois, own and manage Bieber Red Angus. Bieber’s began their Red Angus herd more than 40 years ago and market 300 Red Angus bulls and 80 females in their annual March production sale on the ranch.

Craig and Peggy have two adult children; Eric and his wife Megan, and Kristin.

Bieber was an RAAA director in the 90s and served as president from 1998-2000. He currently serves on the RAAA Breed Improvement Committee and South Dakota Beef Industry Council.


Breed Representative

Larry Keenan, RAAA director of breed improvement, continues to serve as the Red Angus breed representative, filling one of six available breed association representative positions.

The 2012 BIF Conference will be located in Houston, Texas.


For more information, contact:
Ann Holsinger, American Red Angus managing editor
(940) 387-3502 •
Larry Keenan, director of breed improvement
(940) 387-3502 •


Retiring President Ben Eggers (left), Sydenstricker Genetics, receives the President's Award from Larry Mehlhoff, who took the reins as 2011-2012 BIF president at the close of Friday's awards event. Photos by Troy Smith provided courtesy of

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