2008 BIF Conference

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Tour Schedule

Companion tour
Wednesday morning, travel companions not attending the BIF conference are invited to attend a tour to Calgary’s Heritage Park. The 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tour will visit Canada’s largest living historic village. Information about the park is available at www.heritagepark.ca/.

BIF producer tour
The free producer tour will take place Tuesday, July, 1, prior to the conference and will include stops at both commercial and purebred breeder operations. Buses will depart from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary around 9 a.m. and will return in time for participants to attend the conference opening welcome reception at 6 p.m. Tour stops include the following purebred and commercial operations:

Cattleland Feedyards Ltd. is a 25,000-head, full-service feedlot in the heart of Alberta’s cattle country. The feedlot provides superior service in all areas of beef cattle procurement, feeding, research and marketing through a globally recognized value chain. Facilities and services include a 5,000-head National Bull Evaluation Centre, 64-pen research facility, 2,500-head backgrounding area, 15,000 acres of farmland and tracking of cattle, grain, feed and sod.
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Soderglen Ranches Ltd. is an Alberta-based operation comprised of three ranches. Soderglen raises Black and Red Angus, Charolais, Black and Red Simmental, and two proprietary hybrid breeds — MAX for commercial cattlemen who want a powerful performance and maternal line and CCM genetics that focus on carcass and performance. Soderglen Ranches prides itself on producing the “cattleman’s kind” of cattle, with a program based on sound economics — from the cow-calf operator to the feedlot, to the packing plant, to the table. Soderglen will host breed tour participants for lunch.
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Hamilton Farms, established in 1981, is located northwest of Calgary near Cochrane in the scenic foothills. Rob and Gail Hamilton manage 400 mother cows on more than 5,000 acres of pasture, hayland and cropland. Hamilton Farms’ bulls and females received grand, supreme and national champion honors, including supreme champion female, at both Farmfair and Agribition in 2007.
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To confirm coach seating and lunch reservations, please e-mail info@canadianbeefbreeds.com, providing the full names of all of the people in your group. The tour is free. If you have questions about the tour, please contact Doris Rempel, Canadian Beef Breeds Council executive assistant, at the same e-mail address or by telephone at 403-730-0350. Full conference information is available through this site and also via a link at www.canadianbeefbreeds.com.


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