Mark of Excellence

Dr. Steve Miller receiving the Mark of Excellence Award from BIO President Mike Buis in recognition of twenty-four years of inspired leadership.

Dr Steve Miller, Director of Genetic Research at American Angus Association was recognized yesterday at BIO’s annual meeting for twenty-four years of inspired leadership with the prestigious Mark of Excellence.  The Award is named after Mark Warren, a progressive beef producer committed to genetic improvement who unfortunately fell victim to a farm accident.  The Mark of Excellence is awarded infrequently for exemplary contributions to livestock improvement.

Dr Miller has been involved with Beef Improvement Opportunities for close to twenty-five years, first as a graduate student working on a multi-breed genetic evaluation system and later as a post Doc developing a bioeconomic model to be used in calculating customized economic indexes.  Over his career, Steve was also supported by BIO as he gained his PhD and then joined the BIO Board for many years while at Center for Genetic Improvement of Livestock, University of Guelph.   When he moved to a position at AgResearch New Zealand, Steve was appointed Genetic Improvement Advisor to the BIO Board.  Upon his move to American Angus Association, Steve resigned as Advisor but is now a key collaborator with BIO in several studies, including the new field of pooling genotypes to investigate traits of great economic impact.

When presenting Steve with the award, Mike Buis, BIO President, noted Steve’s unique ability to deal with leading science while also being adept at direct farmer communication.  Steve sets a very high bar for all with regards to collaboration for mutual benefit.  BIO congratulated Steve on this well-deserved recognition and looks forward to another twenty-four years of productive working relationship.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Name(s)
1993 – 2007 Vern Burnett
Chester Patton
Hilbert Van Ankum
Angus Campbell
Harvey Graham
Dave Pease
Donald Hargrave
2007 Jim Duffin
2011 Ron Wooddisse
2012 Guy and Susan Johnson