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Schedule of Events

The following is a tentative schedule for the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting April 30-May 3.

Wednesday, April 29th

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  Registration, Sheraton Grand
Thursday, April 30th

6 a.m.-6 p.m.


Registration, Sheraton Grand


7 a.m.-4 p.m.


East Tour: Foothill bovines, equines and fine wines


1 p.m.-6 p.m.


BIF Board Meeting, Sheraton Grand


5 p.m.-7 p.m.


Reception, Sheraton Grand


7 p.m.-9 p.m.


NAAB Symposium, Sheraton Grand

  • Understanding the Estrous Cycle and Fundamentals of Artificial Insemination, Bill Beal, reproductive physiologist, Virginia Tech
  • The Best-Kept Secret in the Commercial Cattle Business, Herb Holzapfel, California producer
Friday, May 1st

6 a.m.-6 p.m.


6:30 a.m.-8 a.m.


Continental Breakfast


9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Spouse Tour:Sacramento Highlights Excursion


8 a.m.


General Session: "Is There Gold in Those Genomes?" moderated by Alison Van Eenennaam, Sheraton Grand

  • Welcome, Mary Delany, chair, Animal Science Department, University of California-Davis
  • How Can We Best Use DNA Data in Selection of Cattle? Mike Goddard, chief scientist, Beef CRC, Australia
  • Prospects for Genome-Wide Selection in Beef Cattle, Jerry Taylor, Wurdack Chair in Animal Sciences, University of Missouri
  • The Nature and Scope of Some Whole-genome Analyses in U.S. Beef Cattle, Dorian Garrick, Lush Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics, Iowa State University

10 a.m.




10:30 a.m.


Continue General Session:

  • Feedlot Marker-Assisted Management, Bill Kolath, Cargill Meat Solutions
  • Breed and Breeder Adaptation to Genome-Enhanced/Enabled Selection Information, Kent Anderson, U.S. Beef Breeds Council
  • Q&A Panel, Goddard, Taylor, Garrick, Kolath, Anderson
  • Wrap-up, Dorrian Garrick



Buffet Lunch and Awards Presentation, Sheraton Grand


2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.


Concurrent Technical Keynote Sessions, Convention Center

  1. (1) Advancements in Emerging Technologies, Selection Decisions. Click here for agenda.
  2. (2) Advancements in Live Animal, Carcass and End Point. Click here for agenda.

6 p.m.


Bus Transport to Railroad Museum


6:30 p.m.


Winetasting and Reception


7:30 p.m.


Railroad Museum Dinner

Saturday, May 2nd

6 a.m.-noon




6 a.m.-8 a.m.


Continental Breakfast


8 a.m.


General Session: "Panning for Efficiency," Sheraton Grand

  • Beef Production in the New Era of Higher Prices and Higher Costs: Do the Old Rules Apply? John Lawrence, agricultural economist, Iowa State University
  • Fitting Cows to Your Operation, Harvey Freetly, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • Is There a Biological Basis for Genetic Variation in Feed Efficiency? Gordon Carstens, Texas A&M University
  • Crossbreeding: Back to the Future, Dave Daley, California State University-Chico

9:45 a.m.




10:15 a.m.

  • Feedlot Perspective on Efficiency, Mike Smith, Harris
  • Ranch System Perspective on Efficiency, Chip Ramsey, Rex Ranch

11:30 a.m.


BIF Business Meeting and Elections




BIF Luncheon and Awards Presentations


2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.


Concurrent Technical Keynote Sessions,
Convention Center

  1. (3) Advancements in Cow Herd Efficiency. Click here for agenda.
  2. (4) Advancements in Genetic Prediction. Click here for agenda.
  3. (5) Advancements in Producer Application. Click here for agenda.

5:30 p.m.


BIF Board Meeting


5:30 p.m.


Evening on your own

Sunday, May 3rd

7 a.m.-5 p.m.


West Tour: Ocean, wines, views and bovines


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