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Tour Schedule

Three Tours Available

Three tours are available at the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting. The event and tours are being hosted by the California Cattlemen’s Association and the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association April 30-May 3 in Sacramento, Calif. For more information and to register, click here.

East Tour - Thursday, April 30

The East Tour will begin with a California ranch breakfast at Five Star Land and Livestock, home of Mark and Abbie Nelson. It will be followed by a cutting horse demonstration at the Rancho Murietta equine facility, host to two national cutting futurities. Lunch will be at the Trinchero Family Estates Winery in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, renowned for its zinfandel wines. The final stop on this tour will be at the ranch of Duane Martin, one of the top 10 cow-calf operators in the United States.

Family/Spouse Tour - Friday, May 1

The Family/Spouse Tour is Friday, May 1, and will encompass Sutter’s Fort, built in 1839; the State Capitol Building, which underwent a $68 million renovation; the International Gardens of the Capitol Park; and visits to the Firefighters Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the International World Peace Gardens and the Historic Governor’s Mansion.

The West Tour - Sunday, May 3

The West Tour will visit Drake’s Bay Family Farm, which raises grass-fed beef and oysters. The tour includes lunch at the scenic Bodega Bay Marine lab, and concludes with wine tasting on the beach. Coastal California can get rather cold, so meeting hosts recommend bringing a coat for this tour.

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