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Symposium schedule

2018 BIF Research Symposium & Convention
50th Anniversary in the Rockies

June 20-23, 2018
Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel, Loveland, Colo.


1 p.m.-

4:30 p.m.


Young Producers Symposium and Reception

  • (1:00) Introduction to BIF and Speakers, Lee Leachman
  • (1:15) Forging a Future in the Beef Industry, Kevin Ochsner, Agcellerate Consulting and host of Cattleman to Cattleman
  • (2:00) How Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) are Changing Our Industry and Your Employment Opportunities, Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics
  • (2:45) The Art and Science of Leading High-Trust Teams, Richard Fagerlin, Founder of Peak Solutions
  • (3:30) Q&A Roundtable
5:30-8 p.m.

Opening evening reception

Thursday, June 21, 2018

General Session I:
Positioning for the Future of Beef Production

8 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
  Focus on Efficient Red Meat Production
— Michael Genho, director, feedyard business, Elanco Animal Health
8:45 a.m.
  Focus on Quality — Mark McCully, vice president, Certified Angus Beef LLC
9:15 a.m.
  Focus on Sustainability — Sara Place, senior director, sustainable beef production research, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
9:45 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
  Focus on Traits Not ConsideredDorian Garrick, professor and chief scientist, Massey University
11:15 a.m.
  Bringing It All Together: Alternative Selection Objectives John Pollak, emeritus professor, Cornell University
11:45 a.m.
  Awards Luncheon
  What I Heard This Morning — Trey Patterson, president and CEO of Padlock Ranch Co.

2–5:30 p.m.


Technical Breakout — Emerging Technology
Chairman: Megan Rolf, assistant professor, Kansas State University

  • (2:00) Development of Grazing Distribution Phenotypes, Derek Bailey, New Mexico State University
  • (2:35) Genomic Approaches to Improve Grazing Distribution, Milt Thomas, professor and Rouse Chair, Colorado State University
  • (3:25) Laying the Computational Foundations of Image Analysis Tools for Application in Livestock Breeding, Catie McVey, master's candidate, Colorado State University
  • (4:00) Technology and Nutritional Approaches to Mitigating Enteric Methane, Sara Place, director, sustainable beef production research, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • (4:35) DNA-based Calf Registration: Challenges and Opportunities, Andrew Cromie, Irish Cattle Breeding Federation

2–5:30 p.m.




Technical Breakout — End Product Improvement
Chairman: Tommy Perkins, International Brangus Breeders Association

  • (2:00) Improving Carcass and Meat-eating Quality Through Genetics: Experiences from Ireland, Andrew Cromie, Irish Cattle Breeding Society
  • (3:00) Investigation of GxE Effects on Beef Quality Traits: Use of Genomics to Minimize the Impact of Mismanagement, Steven Shackelford, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, ARS
  • (4:15) Ultrasound Guidelines Council Update: Systems Review Committee, J.R. Tait, Neogen GeneSeek Operations
  • (4:45) Ultrasound Guidelines Council Update: Field and Lab Certification Review, Mike MacNeil, Delta G and UGC executive director

2–5:30 p.m.




Technical Breakout — Selection Decisions
Chairman: Bob Weaber, professor/cow-calf extension specialist, K-State

  • (2:00) Development and Deployment of Selection Indexes Incorporating Breeder Input, Jason Archer, consultant, AbacusBio Ltd.
  • (2:30) Stitching 13 Breed Association's Data Together, Steve McGuire, chief operation officer, American Simmental Association
  • (3:00) New Methods and Models for IGS EPDs, Bruce Golden, president and CEO, Theta Solutions LLC
  • (3:30) New IGS EPDs are Really Better, Lauren Hyde, lead geneticist, International Genetic Solutions
  • (4:00) Impact of Single Step on Selection Indexes, Matt Spangler, associate professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • (4:30) Breed Panel: Trials and Tribulations of Weekly Evaluations, Wade Schafer, CEO, American Simmental Association; Tom Brink, CEO, Red Angus Association of America; Shane Bedwell, COO, American Hereford Association; Kelli Retallick, genetic service director, Angus Genetics Inc.
6:30- 9p.m.
  Evening Dinner Night Out — CSU Stadium Club
Friday, June 22, 2018

General Session II:
Decision Time: Who Will Own Our Industry?

8 a.m.
  Value Driven by Information Wade Small, president, Livestock Division, Agri Beef Inc.
8:30 a.m.
  What I Learned from Pigs! — Marty Ropp, Allied Genetic Resources
9 a.m.
  How Does the Dairy Industry Handle Information? — Chuck Sattler, vice president, genetic programs, Select Sires Inc.
9:30 a.m.
10 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Who Owns Your Data and Where Is It?Moderator: Darrh Bullock, extension professor, University of Kentucky

  • Matt Cleveland, director, global beef product development, Genus ABS
  • Dan Moser, president, Angus Genetics Inc., American Angus Association
  • Wade Shafer, executive vice president, American Simmental Association
  • Larry Benyshek, Benyshek and Hough Consulting Services
  • John Genho, Livestock Genetic Services LLC
11:30 a.m.




Awards Luncheon
What I Heard this Morning — Don Schiefelbein, Schiefelbein Farms


2-5:30 p.m.





Technical Breakout — Genomics & Genetic Prediction Chairman: Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.

  • (2:00) Experiences with Implementation of Single Step at American Angus — 1 year, Steve Miller, genetic research director, American Angus Association
  • (2:30) Developments in Single Step for Beef Cattle Genomic Evaluation in the United States, Daniela Lourenco, assistant professor, Department of Animal and Dairy Science, University of Georgia
  • (3:15) Getting It Right — Proper Contemporary Grouping Strategies for Beef Cattle Performance Programs, Bob Weaber, professor/cow-calf extension specialist, Kansas State University
  • (3:45) Model-based Approaches to Improving Accuracy of Genetic Evaluations and Rewarding High-quality Data, Mark Thallman, research geneticist, USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • (4:15) Use of DNA Pooling for Validation of Genomic Predictions, Larry Kuehn, research geneticist, USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

2-5:30 p.m.





Technical Breakout — Producer Applications
Chairman: Darrh Bullock, extension professor, University of Kentucky

  • (2:00) Bull Selection Workshop, Matt Spangler, associate professor of animal science/extension beef genetics specialist, University of Nebraska; Bob Weaber, professor/cow-calf extension specialist, Kansas State University; and Darrh Bullock, extension professor, University of Kentucky
  • (4:00) Impact of Reproduction Grant: Identification and Management of Alleles Impairing Heifer Fertility While Optimizing Genetic Gain in Cattle, Megan Rolf, assistant professor, Kansas State University; and David Patterson, professor, University of Missouri
  • (4:30) Impact of Adaptability Grant: Identifying Local Adaptation and Creating Region-specific Genomic Predictions in Beef Cattle, Jared Decker, assistant professor, University of Missouri

2-5:30 p.m.





Technical Breakout — Efficiency & Adaptability Chairman: Mark Enns, Colorado State University

  • (2:00) Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension in the Context of Arterial Pressures (PAP), Brisket Disease and Late-term Feedlot Death, Tim Holt, associate professor, clinical sciences, Colorado State University
  • (3:00) Development and Implementation of Pulmonary Arterial Pressure EPD, Scott Speidel, assistant professor, Colorado State University
  • (3:30) Risk Management for cow-calf and Stocker Operators, Troy Applehans, cow-calf and feeder cattle market specialist, CattleFax
  • (4:15) The Design, Development and Implementation of a Beef Cattle Breeding Simulation, Maria Haag, doctoral candidate, University of Missouri
  • (4:45) Approaches for Evaluating the Relationship Between Feedlot and Pasture Intake, Miranda Culbertson, doctoral candidate, Colorado State University
6:30 p.m.
  Leachman/Zinpro Dinner Out: $Profit, herd sires and free supper
Saturday, June23, 2018
7 a.m.
  Tour buses depart from Embassy Suites Hotel
8 a.m.
  Kuner Feedlot, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, Kersey, Colo.
11:30 a.m.
  Cherokee Ranch & Castle, Sedalia, Colo. (Lunch)
4 p.m.
  Anheuser-Busch Brewery Experience, Fort Collins, Colo. (tour & dinner)
7 p.m.
  Tour buses return, Embassy Suites Hotel

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