This page contains the abstracts (research summaries) and proceedings provided to accompany the presentations at the 2009 BIF Symposium. For Angus Journal coverage of the conference, including summaries, audios and speaker-provided PowerPoints, visit the Newsroom.
Thursday, April 30th
• Understanding the Estrous Cycle and Fundamentals of Artificial Insemination — Bill Beal, reproductive physiologist, Virginia Tech
• The Best-Kept Secret in the Commercial Cattle Business — Herb Holzapfel, cattle producer and rice farmer, Willows, Calif.
Friday, May 1st
General Session: Is There Gold in Those Genomes?
• How Can We Best Use DNA Data in Selection of Cattle? — Mike Goddard, chief scientist, Beef CRC, Australia
• Prospects for Genome-Wide Selection in Beef Cattle — Jerry Taylor, Wurdack Chair in Animal Sciences, University of Missouri
• The Nature and Scope of Some Whole-genome Analyses in U.S. Beef Cattle — Dorian Garrick, Lush Chair in Animal Breeding and Genetics, Iowa State University
• Feedlot Marker-Assisted Management — Bill Kolath, Cargill Meat Solutions
• Breed and Breeder Adaptation to Genome-Enhanced/Enabled Selection Information — Kent Andersen, U.S. Beef Breeds Council
Technical Keynote Session 1:
Advancements in Emerging Technologies, Selection Decisions
• Implementation of Whole Genome-Enabled Selection in the Dairy Industry — Mike Goddard, professorial fellow in animal genetics, University of Melbourne
• Proposed Strategy for Selection Against Recessive Genetic Defects Through a Combination of Inbreeding and DNA Markers — Mark Thallman, research geneticist, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
• DNA Marker Panel Validation Update by the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium — Alison Van Eenennaam, NBCEC and University of California-Davis
Technical Keynote Session 2:
Advancements in Live Animal, Carcass and End Point
• Real-time Ultrasound: What Does Image Quality Mean to Genetic Evaluations — Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska
• Developing Carcass Trait EPDs for Commercial Bulls Using On-Ranch Genetic Evaluations — Dan Drake and Kristina Weber, University of California-Davis
• Correlation of Docility and Exit Velocity with Economically Relevant Traits — Janice Rumph, Michigan State University
• Beef Tenderness: Determination, Regulation and Prediction — Mohammad Koohmaraie, CEO, Meat Division, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group
• Leptin Genotyping: A Genomics Application for Cattle Feeding — Mike Engler, president, Cactus Feeders
Saturday, May 2nd
General Session: Panning for Efficiency
• Beef Production in the New Era of Higher Prices and Higher Costs: Do the Old Rules Apply? — John Lawrence, Extension agricultural economist and director, Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University
• Fitting Cows to Your Operation — Harvey Freetly, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.
• Is There a Biological Basis for Genetic Variation in Feed Efficiency? — Gordon Carstens, Texas A&M University
• Crossbreeding: Back to the Future — Dave Daley, California State University-Chico
Technical Keynote Session 3:
Advancements in Cow Herd Efficiency
• Evaluating the Feed Efficiency and End-Product Quality Relationship in the Progeny of Red Angus Sires Divergent for Maintenance Energy EPD — Rod Hill, University of Idaho
• A Nationwide Survey of Beef Producers About Feed Efficiency: Motivating Factors for the Implementation of Selection Practices — Jason Ahola, University of Idaho
• Opportunities for Genetic Evaluation of Longevity — Michael MacNeil, USDA-ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory, Miles City, Mont.
Technical Keynote Session 4:
Advancements in Genetic Prediction
• Whole-Genome Selection Project Involving 2,000 Industry Sires — Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
• Collaborative Development and Implementation of DNA Tests for Weight Traits — John Pollak, Cornell University
• Proposed BIF Guidelines for Performance Data and EPDs on Clones — Dan Moser, Kansas State University
• 2009 Across-Breed EPD Adjustment Factors — Larry Kuehn, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.
• Estimation of the Proportion of Genetic Variation Accounted for by DNA Tests — Richard Quaas, Cornell University
• International Collaboration on Genomics of Economically Relevant Traits — Gary Bennett, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
Technical Keynote Session 5:
Advancements in Producer Application
• Marketing Cattle During Challenging Economic Times: A State BCIA Perspective — Tommy Brown, president, BIF Board of Directors
• Arthrogryposis Multiplex — Jonathan Beever, University of Illinois
• There Will Be a Quiz!: Wrap-up of BIF 2009 with "Clickers" for Audience Input — Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California-Davis
Frank Baker Award-winning Essays
• Genetic Analysis of longitudinal Data in Beef Cattle — Scott Speidel, Colorado State University
• Combined Selection for the Beef Cattle Industry — Lance Leachman, Virginia Tech
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