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Symposium Schedule

2019 BIF Research Symposium & Convention

June 18-21, 2019
University Comfort Suites and Convention Center, Brookings, S.D.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019
 
  Young Producers Symposium
 
1 p.m.
  Introduction to BIF, Lee Leachman
 
1:15 p.m.
  Drafting Your Team, Alan Hojer
 
2:00 p.m.
  Building a Ranch Using Data, Trey Patterson
 
2:45 p.m.
  Thinking Outside the Box, Tom Field
 
3:30 p.m.
  Q&A Roundtable
 
5:30 p.m.
  Opening Reception
 
7:00 p.m.
  National Association of Animal Breeders Symposium
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    General Session I: Applications of Technology
 
7:45 a.m.
  Welcome — Barry Dunn, president of South Dakota State University
 
8 a.m.
  New Technologies in Cattle Reproduction and the Correlated Acceleration of Genetic Gain — Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa
 
8:45 a.m.
  Update on Gene Editing — Alison Van Eenennaam, extension specialist in animal biotechnology and genomics, University of California–Davis
 
9:30 a.m.
  Question & Answer Session
 
10 a.m.
  Break
 
10:30 a.m.
  Elite Commercial Producer Panel John Moes, Moes Feedlot, Watertown, S.D.; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyo.; Tylor Braden, King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas; and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Neb.
 
11:30 a.m.
  What I Heard
 
11:30 a.m.
  What you heard: Summary of morning sessions
— Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
 
Noon
  Awards luncheon
 
  Presentation of BIF Commercial Producer, Continuing Service and Ambassador Awards and Roy Wallace Scholarship
 

2–5:30 p.m.

 

 

Breakout Sessions:

  • Technical Breakout — Genomics & Genetic Prediction — Chairman: Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.
    1. (2:00)
    2. (2:35)
    3. (3:25)
    4. (4:00)
    5. (4:35)
  • Technical Breakout — Producer Applications
    Chairman: Darrh Bullock, extension professor, University of Kentucky
    1. (2:00) Introduction, Darrh Bullock, extension professor, University of Kentucky
    2. (2:10) BIF Guidelines Update, Megan Rolf, Kansas State University
    3. (2:20) Can We Select for Structure? Foot Score EPD, Kelli Retallick, American Angus Association
    4. (2:40) Beyond the Milk EPD: Udder Scores, Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association
    5. (3:00) Fertility Traits: Where we are and opportunities for advancement, Bob Weaber, professor and cow-calf extension specialist, Kansas State University
    6. (3:30) Break
    7. (3:45) Getting the Most From Our Selection Tools: Decision support, Matt Spangler, associate professor of animal science and extension beef genetics specialist, University of Nebraska
    8. (4:30) Developing DNA Tests for Improved Fertility and Reduced Embryonic Loss in U.S. Cattle Breeds, Jerry Taylor, University of Missouri
  • Technical Breakout — Efficiency & Adaptability Chairman: Mark Enns, Colorado State University
    1. (2:00)
    2. (3:00)
    3. (3:30)
    4. (4:15)
    5. (4:45)

 
6:30 p.m.
  Evening Social & Dinner at Club 71, SDSU campus
Thursday, June 20, 2019
 
  General Session II: Utilization of Big Data
 
7:45 a.m.
  Announcements
 
8 a.m.
  Multi-breed Genomic Evaluations — TBA
 
8:40 a.m.
  An Update on the Latest Agri-tech Emerging in the Australian Grazing Industries — Mark Trotter
 
9:20 a.m.
  Break
 
9:50 a.m.
  Big Data in AgricultureTBA
 
10:30 a.m.
  Question and answer session
 
11 a.m.
  Wrap-up — Matt Perrier, Dalebanks Angus, Kansas
 
11:15 a.m.
  Caucuses and Elections
 
12:30 a.m.
  Awards Luncheon
  1. — Presentation of BIF Pioneer and Seedstock Producer awards
  2. — Frank Baker and Lary Cundiff scholarships
  3. — Introduction of newly elected BIF Board of Directors
  4. — Invitation to BIF 2020
 
2-5:30 p.m.
  Breakout Sessions:

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

    1. (2:00)
    2. (2:30)
    3. (3:15)
    4. (3:45)
    5. (4:15)
  • Technical Breakout — End Product Improvement
    Chairman: Tommy Perkins, International Brangus Breeders Association

    1. (2:00)
    2. (3:00)
    3. (4:15)
    4. (4:45)
  • Technical Breakout — Selection Decisions
    Chairman: Bob Weaber, professor and cow-calf extension specialist, K-State

    1. (2:00)
    2. (2:30)
    3. (3:00)
    4. (3:30)
    5. (4:00)
    6. (4:30)
 
6:30 p.m.
  Evening social and BBQ, SDSU Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility
Friday, June 21, 2019
 
  Tours
 
 

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