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BIF Meets in Colorado for Ruby Anniversary

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) returned to its roots to celebrate its 40th anniversary Wednesday evening. Producers gathered in Fort Collins, Colo., for the 39th Annual BIF Research Symposium and Annual Meeting June 6-9. The event will be hosted by Colorado State University (CSU), the Colorado Livestock Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and BIF.

An opening reception kicked off activities Wednesday evening, followed by a symposium sponsored by the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB). The symposium featured the history of artificial insemination (AI) and a commercial cattleman’s perspective of the economic benefits of AI.

General sessions today and Friday will focus on “Performance Programs at a Crossroads” and “Challenges to Conventional Wisdom.” Conference presenters will take a critical look at current methods of beef cattle evaluation and incorporation of new tools in genetic evaluation.

BIF will honor several individuals in the next two days, including its seedstock and commercial producers of the year. A spouse’s tour Thursday will visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Two tours are available Friday — the Beef Industry Players Tour and the Seedstock Alliances Tour.

For more information about the conference, contact Willie Altenburg, 2007 BIF committee chairman, at 970-568-7881 or willie@rmi.net or Mark Enns at 970-491-2722 or mark.enns@colostate.edu.

Angus Productions Inc. (API), publisher of the Angus Journal and the Angus Beef Bulletin, is proud to present online coverage of the 2007 BIF annual meeting.

Available now:

    • Browse Symposium Papers for proceedings of the conference.

    • Browse the Newsroom for summaries of the sessions written by API       writers and audio of the sessions. Speakers’ PowerPoint®       presentations and proceedings will be posted if available.

    • Visit the Schedule now for times and a description of presentations.

    • Visit the Tour Schedule now for a schedule of all three tours.

    • Visit Award Winners for listings of past winners and nominees for this       year’s commercial and seedstock producers of the year.

    • Visit Accommodations & Travel for information and links about the       Fort Collins area, hotel accommodations and travel details.

    • Visit the Archives page for access to API’s coverage of the 2002,       2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 meetings.

    • Visit the Links page to access links to breed associations and
      industry organizations.

    • Visit Angus Supporters for links to Angus producers supporting the       BIF mission and celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary.

    • Re-visit the Award Winners page after the meeting for       announcements of this year’s winners, including seedstock and       commercial honorees, Continuing Service Award winners, Pioneer       Award winners, Ambassador of the Year and the Frank Baker       Memorial Scholarship Award winners.

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