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About Virginia BCIA.

Virginia BCIA was formed in January 1955 and is a non-profit organization with the primary purposes of:

1) to foster the improvement of beef cattle in Virginia through improved genetics and management with major emphasis placed on selection criteria for traits of economic importance, and:

2) to carry on educational and promotional work in connection with the production of improved beef cattle.  The Association currently has approximately 175 active members consisting of both purebred and commercial producers from Virginia and surrounding states.  The Board of Directors consists of 10 members representing state breed associations and commercial cattlemen.  Virginia BCIA is a state organization which belongs to the Beef Improvement Federation -- the national organization which sets guidelines and standards for beef cattle genetics (EPDs, performance reporting, etc.).

Virginia BCIA is an active organization and the following highlights our primary activities:

VA BCIA BULL TESTS AND SALES -- The organization coordinates and manages five test groups and 3 sales on two test locations (Culpeper and Southwest Virginia).  In the 2007-08 test and sale year, we tested 400 bulls and sold 238 for an average price of $1,994.  These bulls were consigned by BCIA members from Virginia and surrounding states.  These bull tests and sales have been the mainstay of the organization since it was formed and continue to provide performance testing and marketing opportunities for breeders.  Additionally, these sales have a strong reputation as a source of proven, dependable genetics.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS -- Virginia BCIA supports and provides input relative to educational programming in the area of beef cattle genetics and management.  BCIA has sponsored several programs we have hosted over the years.

For More Information About the History of BCIA Visit:

The "History of the VA Beef Cattle Improvement Association"
compiled by Dr. A.L. (Ike) Eller, Jr.