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Symposium Schedule

2017 BIF Research Symposium and Convention

May 31 to June 3 • Athens Classic Center • Athens, Ga.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8 a.m.–noon
  BIF Board Meeting
Noon–7 p.m.
  Registration, Athens Classic Center Foyer
1–4:00 p.m.
  Young Producers Symposium
5:30 p.m.
7 p.m.
  National Association of Animal Breeders Symposium
Thursday, June 1, 2017
7 a.m.
8 a.m.
  Opening comments, Georgia welcome
    General Session I: The current value and future promise of genomics for beef improvement
8:15 a.m.
  The promise of genomics for beef improvement
— Keith Bertrand and Daniela Lourenco, the University of Georgia
9 a.m.
  What the beef industry can learn about genomics use from other industries?
— Tom Lawlor, Holstein Association USA
10 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
  Where we are going with genomics and genetic improvement
— Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska and Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California–Davis
10:30 a.m.
  Genetics of meat science: What traits can we improve genetically that affect the value/palatability of beef?
— Keith Belk, Colorado State University
11:30 a.m.
  What you heard: Summary of morning sessions
— Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
  Awards luncheon
  Presentation of BIF Commercial Producer, Continuing Service and Ambassador Awards, Frank Baker and Larry Cundiff scholarships

2–5:30 p.m.



Breakout Sessions:

  • Advancements in genomics and genetic prediction
    Chair: Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • Advancements in producer applications
    Chair: Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky
  • Advancements in efficiency and adaptability
    Chair: Mark Enns, Colorado State University
6:30 p.m.
  Evening social/dinner
Friday, June 2, 2017
7 a.m.–noon
  Registration, Athens Classic Center Foyer
7 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
  Welcome and news of the day
  General Session II: Profitability using the tools we have
7:45 a.m.
  Strategic use of heterosis
— Todd Thrift, University of Florida
8:30 a.m.
  The power of index-based selection
— Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky; Donnell Brown, R. A. Brown Ranch; and Larry Keenan, Red Angus Association of America
9:15 a.m.
  Question and answer session
9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
  Investing in the future, heifer development for longevity
— Justin Rhinehart, University of Tennessee
10:30 a.m.
  Factors affecting feedlot performance
— Gary Fike, Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative
11:00 a.m.
  Question and answer session
11:15 a.m.
  BIF caucuses and elections
  Awards Luncheon

What you heard, charge
Presentation of BIF Pioneer and Seedstock Producer Awards, Roy Wallace Scholarships, Introduction of newly elected BIF Board of Directors, Invitation to BIF 2018

2 p.m.
  Breakout Sessions
  • Advancements in emerging technology
    Chair: Megan Rolf, Kansas State University
  • Advancements in end product improvement
    Chair: Tommy Perkins, International Brangus Breeders Association
  • Advancements in selection decisions
    Chair: Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
5:30 p.m.
  BIF board meeting and board photo
Saturday, June 17, 2017
7:00 a.m.
  Tour of Georgia beef industry

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