BIF Meeting Begins April 30
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) begins its Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting today in Sacramento, Calif., April 30-May 3.
Themed “Beef Rush ’09,” the event will feature the latest information and advances in beef cattle genetic selection, technology and research. Topics discussed at the meeting will include the bovine genome and related possibilities in cattle selection; DNA data in the selection process; feedlot market-assisted management; feed efficiency; crossbreeding; beef production in a high-cost economy; and more.
BIF committee meetings are also scheduled, and will feature advancements in emerging technologies; live animal, carcass and end point; cow herd efficiency; genetic prediction; and producer applications.
In addition, three tours are available at the 2009 BIF Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting.
Events begin Thursday, April 30, with the eastern tour, “Foothill Bovines, Equines and Fine Wines”; the opening reception; and the biennial National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Symposium. Spouses can participate in the “Sacramento Highlights” tour on Friday as meeting attendees attend the general sessions in the morning and the BIF awards luncheon featuring commercial producers of the year, followed by committee meetings in the afternoon. Friday evening features a reception and winetasting followed by dinner at the California Railroad Museum. Saturday morning’s general sessions will be followed by presentation of BIF awards, including seedstock producer of the year. The meeting portion of Beef Rush ’09 will wrap up with committee meetings Saturday afternoon. Participants can stay Sunday for the western tour, themed “Ocean, Wines, Views and Bovines.”
The California Cattlemen’s Association and the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association will host the event, and Angus Productions Inc. (API) and Biozyme Inc., both of Saint Joseph, Mo., will provide online coverage of the meetings — available at www.bifconference.com.
Visit www.bifconference.com for the latest BIF Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting information.
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