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Symposium Schedule

The following is the schedule for the 2011 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting June 1-4, 2011. Visit the Newsroom for summaries, proceedings, PowerPoint presentations and audio.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Noon–5 p.m.
  Early Registration

5 p.m.–7 p.m.
  Opening Reception

7 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

NAAB Symposium:

• Welcome, Bill Donald, president, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

• Genetic Improvement from Artificial Insemination and Synchronization: Everybody Wins! Mike Tess, Packhorse Services LLC, and John Paterson, Montana State University

• They Call Me Dr. Discard, Clif Marshall, VP Production, Select Sires/NAAB


Thursday, June 2, 2011
7 a.m.

8 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
  General Session I: Role of Genetic Evaluation Technology in Enhancing Global Competitiveness — Chair: Jeff Jacobsen, Dean of Agriculture, Montana State University

8:10 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
  • Role of Genetic Evaluation Technology in Enhancing Global Competitiveness, Scott Newman, Genus PLC, Hendersonville, Tenn.

8:45 a.m.–9:20 a.m.
  • Role of Genetic Evaluation Technology in Enhancing Global Competitiveness, Robert Williams, director of breed improvement and foreign marketing, American International Charolais Association, Kansas City, Mo.

9:20 a.m.–9:55 a.m.
  • An AI Industry Perspective on the Role of Genetic Evaluation Technology in Enhancing Global Competitiveness, Willie Altenberg, associate vice president-beef marketing, Genex Cooperative Inc., Shawano, Wis.

10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
  General Session II: Genetics in Improving
Animal Health
Chair: Mark Jutila, Veterinary Molecular Biology Department, Montana State University

10:30 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
  • Evidence of Genetic Variability in Cattle Health Traits: Opportunities for Improvement, Mark Enns, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

11:05 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  • Integrating Animal Genomics with Animal Health: Genetics of Vaccine Response in Cattle, Michael Gonda, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings

11:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m.
  • Environmental and Management Factors Influencing BVDV Antibody Levels and Response to Vaccination in Weaning Calves, Erika Downey, Animal Science Department, Iowa State University, Ames
12:10 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
  Beef Improvement Federation Awards Luncheon I: Commercial Producer of the Year, Baker Scholarship Award, Roy Wallace Award, Ambassador Awards, BIF Continuing Service Awards, Graduate Fellowship Recipient Recognition

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
  Concurrent Committee Meetings (Technical Sessions)

Advancements in Cow Herd Efficiency
Chairman: Mark Enns, CSU

Live Animal, Carcass and Endpoint
Chairman: Robert Williams, AICA

Advancements in Selection Decisions
Chairman: Bob Weaber, University of Missouri

6:30 p.m.–on
  Best of Bozeman — Food and Entertainment
at Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture,
111 S. Grand Ave.

Friday, June 3, 2011
7 a.m..

8 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
  General Session III: New Traits in National Cattle Evaluation — Chair: Kathy Creighton-Smith, Montana Angus Association

8 a.m.–8:10 a.m.
  • Welcome, President Cruzado, Montana State University

8:10 a.m–8:45 a.m.
  • Measuring Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle: Minimizing Inputs Across the Whole Production Chain, Steve Moore, University of Alberta, Canada

8:45 a.m.–9:20 a.m.
  • Selecting for Female Fertility: What Can Be Learned From the Dairy Experience, Christian Maltecca, Animal Science Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

9:20 a.m.–9:55 a.m.
  • What Weighting Should be Giiven to BRD Resistance in Selection Decisions? Alison Van Eenennaam, Animal Science Department, University of California-Davis

10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
  General Session IV: A Toolbox Full of Genetic Prediction Tools: Is Profit in There, Too?
Moderator: Dan Moser, Kansas State University
Panelists: Lauren Hyde (American Simmental Association), Steve Radakovich (Radakovich Cattle Co.), Doug Frank (ABS Global)

11:30 a.m.–noon
  Business Meeting

12:10 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
  BIF Awards Luncheon II: Seedstock Producer of the Year Award, Pioneer Award, President’s Address, International Guest Recognition, 2012 BIF Conference Invitation

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
  Concurrent Committee Meetings (Technical Sessions)

Advancements in Genetic Prediction
Chairman: Mark Thallman, USDA-ARS

Advancements in Emerging Technologies
Chairman: Jack Ward, American Hereford Association

Advancements in Producer Applications
Chairman: Jane Parish, MSU

Saturday, June 4, 2011
  Post-conference Tour #1

      Post-conference Tour #2


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