2008 BIF Conference

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2008 BIF
Schedule of Events

Below find the preliminary schedule for the 2008 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, Alta., Canada, June 30-July 3. Click highlighted text for additional information. Please check back for updates periodically.

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Monday, June 30 – Activity-Free Day
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Registration packages available for pickup

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Tuesday, July 1
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Escorted day tours to visit area breeders/producers

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. BIF board meetings

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. “Canada Day” Evening Welcome Reception & Program

  • Keeping the Genetic Doors “Open” Between Canada and the United States
    John Pollak, director, National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC), Cornell University
  • Emerging Technologies in Genetic Improvement — Convergence of Quantitative and Molecular Tools
    Mike Tess, Montana State University
  • CBBC Purebred Risk Assessment Project
    Herb McLane, executive vice president, CBBC
    Duncan Porteous, PBRA project manager

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Wednesday, July 2
8:00 a.m.-Noon Morning Conference Sessions

  • Trends in Value-Added Marketing Challenges & Similarities; Branded Product Focus on Animal Welfare
    Gary Smith, Colorado State University
  • Traceability in the Supply Chain
    Julie Stitt, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency
  • Integrated Producer Perspective
    David Nichols, Nichols Farms
  • Producer Perspective
    Bern Kotelko, Highland Feeders
  • Informational Channels: Access to, Benefits from, Enhanced Data Protocols
    Brad Wildeman, Poundmaker Feedlot
  • Emerging Technologies/Producer Initiatives: Delivery to Consumers
    Bob Church, University of Calgary

Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch and program featuring commercial producer awards

2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. BIF-led breakout sessions

  • Live Animal, Carcass and End Point
    Robert Williams, American International Charolais Association
  • Genetic Prediction
    Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • Producer Application
    Bob Weaber (2008), University of Missouri;
    Jane Parrish (2009), Mississippi State University

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Evening dinner event at the Palomino Room of Roundup Centre at Stampede Park

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Thursday, July 3
8:00 a.m.-Noon Morning Conference Sessions

  • Collaboration Between Canada and the United States — Financial, Data Flow, Analysis
    Kent Anderson, North American Limousin Foundation
  • Collection and Application of Genetic Information from a Canadian Perspective
    Bob Kemp, RAK Genetic Consulting Inc.
  • New Trait Development
    Mark Enns, Colorado State University
  • Traditional & Marker Assisted Evaluation
    Denny Crews, Research Scientist, Lethbridge
    Research Station
  • Summary & Next Directions, Here is How It Works
    John Pollak, NBCEC, Cornell University
  • BIF Elections

Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch and program featuring seedstock producer awards

2:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m. BIF-led breakout sessions

  • Cow Herd Efficiency and Adaptations
    Mark Enns, Colorado State University
  • Selection Decisions
    Darrh Bullock (2008), University of Kentucky;
    Bob Weaber (2009), University of Missouri
  • Emerging Technologies
    Bill Bowman, American Angus Association


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