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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, Colorado


1–4:30 p.m.



Young Producers Symposium and Reception

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
— Dave Weaber, vice president, beef analysis, EMI Analytics
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 — Treay Patterson, president and CEO of Padlock Ranch

2–5:30 p.m.


Technical Breakout — Emerging Technology
Chairman: Megan Rolf, K-State


2–5:30 p.m.




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


2–5:30 p.m.




Technical Breakout — Selection Decisions
Chairman: Bob Weaber, K-State

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
Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.


2-5:30 p.m.



4:45 p.m.


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


2-5:30 p.m.





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



6:30 p.m.
  Leachman/Zinpro Dinner Out: $Profit, herd sires and free supper
Saturday, June23, 2018

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