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Schedule of Events

The following is a tentative schedule for the 2010 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting June 28-July 1, 2010.

Note: All conference events will be at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Conference Center unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 28, 2010

7 a.m.–5 p.m.


Pre-conference Tour

Noon–5 p.m.


Noon–5 p.m.

5:30 p.m.–7 p.m.


Opening Reception, Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, MU Campus

7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.


Animal Breeding Then to Now: A Tribute to Dick Quaas, Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, MU Campus

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

6 a.m.–6 p.m.



8 a.m.–noon


General Session I — Genetic Selection To Achieve Your Profit Objective: Using Today's Tools

8 a.m.–8:30 a.m.



8:35 a.m.–9:25 a.m.

  A Systems Approach to Beef Improvement, Barry Dunn, executive director, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

  Production (And) Or Profit? Focusing Our Breeding Objectives By Selecting for Profitable Genetics, Not Necessarily High-Production Genetics, Matt Spangler, Extension specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m.



10:50 a.m.–11:30 a.m.


Making Selection Tools Work for Us: Producer Panel Discussion, Brian McCulloh, BIF President, moderator

  • Adding Value to Weaned Calf Marketing System, Mike John
  • Adding Value to an Ownership/End Product

11:30 a.m.–noon


How to Evaluate Investment in New Technologies, Eric DeVuyst, Oklahoma State University

Noon–2:30 p.m.


Beef Improvement Federation Awards Luncheon, featuring Commercial Producer of the Year, Baker Scholarship Award, Roy Wallace Award, Ambassador Awards, BIF Continuing Service Awards, Graduate Fellowship Recipient Recognition

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.


Concurrent Technical Keynote Sessions

  1. 1. Advancements in Cow Herd Efficiency and Live Animal, Carcass and End Point, Chairmen: Mark Enns, Colorado State University, and Robert Williams, American International Charolais Association
    1. 2:30-3:10 — Evaluating Cow Maintenance, John Evans, SWB Consulting Inc.
    2. 3:10-3:50 — Genetic Evaluation of Residual Gain as an Alternative Measure of Efficiency of Feed Utilization, Mike MacNeil, USDA-ARS, Miles City, Mont.
    3. 4:10-4:50 — Genetic Improvement of Feed Utilization in the Swine Industry, William Herring, Smithfield Premium Genetics Group, Rose Hill, N.C.
    4. 4:50-5:30 — A Breed Association Perspective on Feed Efficiency, Dan Moser, Kansas State University
  2. 2. Advancements in Producer Applications, Chairman: Jane Parish, Mississippi State University
    1. 2:30-3:10 — Differences in Hair Coat Shedding and Effects on Calf Weaning Weight and Body Condition Score Among Angus Dams, Trent Smith, Miss
    2. 3:10-3:50 — Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Program Update, Mike Kasten, Kasten Ranch, Millersville, MO

    3. 4:10-4:50 — Understanding Cow Size and Efficiency, Jennifer Johnson and J.D. Radakovich, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Texas A&M University, Kingsville

6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.


Evening BBQ and Social Event with music by Becky Blackaby, Trowbridge Livestock Arena, MU Campus

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

6 a.m.–6 p.m



8 a.m.–noon


General Session II: The Future of Beef Cattle Selection in the United States

8 a.m.–8:55 a.m.


Raising Beef in a First-World Country: Science, Media and Politics, Tom Field, director of producer education, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

9 a.m–9:30 a.m.


How the Next Generation of Genetic Technologies Will Impact Beef Cattle Selection, Jerry Taylor, University of Missouri

9:35 a.m.–10 a.m.


The Case and the Place for Genomic Tools in Beef Cattle Selection: How Beef's Implementation Model Will Be Different from the Dairy Industry's, Curt Van Tassell, USDA-ARS

10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.



10:30 a.m.–11 a.m.


Implementation and Deployment of Genomically Enhanced EPDs: Challenges and Opportunities, Sally Northcutt, director of genetic research, American Angus Association

11 a.m.–11:15 a.m.


BIF's Role in Charting Our Future: Charge and Session Wrap-Up, Larry Cundiff, USDA-ARS (retired)

11:15 a.m.–noon


Annual Meeting, Regional Caucuses, Election of Directors

Noon–2:30 p.m.


Beef Improvement Federation Awards Luncheon, featuring Seedstock Producer of the Year Award, Pioneer Award, President's Address, Afternoon Program Review, BIF Continuing Service Awards, 2011 BIF Conference invitation, and international guest recognition

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.


Concurrent Technical Keynote Sessions

  1. 1. Advancements in Genetic Prediction, Chairman: Mark Thallman, USDA-ARS
    1. 2:30-3:10 — Advances Including DNA Tests in Genetic Evaluations, Mike MacNeil, Miles City, Mont.
    2. 3:10-3:50 — Genetic Evaluation for Reproductive Traits, Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    3. 4:10-4:50 — 2010 Update to Across-breed EPD Adjustment Factors, Larry Kuehn, USDA-ARS, MARC
    4. 4:50-5:30 — International Bovine Genetics Collaboration, Gary Bennett, USDA-ARS, MARC
  2. 2. Advancements in Emerging Technologies, Chairman: Jack Ward, COO and director of beef improvement, American Hereford Association
    1. 2:30-3:10 — 2000 Sires Project at USDA-MARC, Larry Kuehn, USDA-ARS MARC
    2. 3:10-3:50 — Genetics of Heifer Fertility, Milt Thomas, New Mexico State University
    3. 4:10-4:50 — Genetics of Healthfulness of Beef, Jim Reecy, Iowa State University
    4. 4:50-5:30 — Genetics of Feedlot Cattle Health, Mark Enns, Colorado State University
  3. 3. Advancements in Selection Decisions, Chairman: Bob Weaber, state Extension specialist–beef genetics, University of Missouri
    1. 2:30-3:10 — Evaluation of Genetic by Environment Interactions in Beef Cattle Using Reaction Norms, Bill Lamberson, University
    2. 3:10-3:50 — Factors Affecting the Selling Price of Arkansas Feeder Calves and Implications on Selection Decisions, Brett Barham, University of Arkansas
    3. 4:10-4:50 — Value of DNA Marker Information for Beef Bull Selection, Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California-Davis
    4. 4:50-5:30 — Use of Bovine SNP50 Data for Feed Efficiency Selection Decisions in Angus Cattle, Megan Rolf, University of Missouri

5:30 p.m.


Evening on your own, or departure

Thursday, July 1, 2010

7 a.m.–5 p.m.


Post-conference Tour




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