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Tentative Schedule for BIF 2013 Announced

The 2013 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium is scheduled for June 12-15 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The symposium will be at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. Themed “Where Profit and Progress Intersect,” the program promises to provide the newest research insights and information presented in a practical manner. The event will also feature a fun night out at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, formerly known as the Cowboy Hall of Fame, as well as tours across the state.

This year’s symposium is being hosted by BIF and Oklahoma State University. The following preliminary schedule has been posted to www.beefextension.com/genetics/.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
noon–8 p.m.

5 p.m.–7 p.m.
  Oklahoma Welcome Reception

7 p.m.–9:15 p.m.
  NAAB Symposium

7 p.m.

7:15 p.m.
  How the Sorting Process Works, Dustin Dean, Sexing Technologies

7:45 p.m.
  The Challenges of Producing Sexed Semen for AI Organizations, Willie Altenburg, Genex Cooperative

8:15 p.m.
  Developing Strategies to Optimize Use of Sex-Sorted Semen in Conjunction with Fixed-time AI Breeding Programs, Dr. David J. Patterson, University of Missouri

8:45 p.m.
  Thoughts and Results of Using Sexed Semen from a Producer, Galen Fink, Fink Beef Genetics

Thursday, June 13, 2013
6 a.m.–6 p.m.

8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  General Session I: Crossbreeding vs. Straightbreeding — Show Me the Money

8 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
  Crossbreeding: Considerations and Alternatives in an Evolving Market
    • Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University
    • Tom Brink, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding

9 a.m.
  Crossbreeding: One of the Tools to Increase Profitability
    • Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
    • Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

9:30 a.m.
  Panel Discussion: Crossbreeding or Straight Breeding: How Does the Choice Impact Consumer Satisfaction?
    • Norlyn Tipton, SYSCO
    • Newley Hutchison, Chain Ranch
    • Dr. Brad Morgan, Zoetis
    • Chris Hitch, Hitch Feeders
    • Tom Brink, JBS Five Rivers
    • Dr. Nevil Speer, Western Kentucky University
    • Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
    • Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

10:30 a.m.

11 a.m.
  Breed Utilization and Production Efficiency, Merlyn Neilsen, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

11:45 p.m.
  That’s Nice, but I Raise Cows, Dave Daley, California State University–Chico

12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
  Awards Luncheon
    • Frank Baker awards
    • Roy Wallace Scholarship
    • commercial producer awards

2 p.m.
  Technical Breakout Sessions
    • Live Animal, Carcass and End Point
    • Selection Decisions
    • Producer Applications

5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
  Shuttle to Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum and return to headquarters hotel, museum tours and live entertainment by Bunkhouse Band and Cowboy Jim Garling

7 p.m.–8 p.m.
  Dinner and presentation of Seedstock Producer of the Year award
Friday, June 14, 2013
6 a.m.–6 p.m..

8 a.m.–
12:30 p.m.
  General Session II: Using Genetic Tools to Address Environmental Challenges and Cow Herd Efficiency

8 a.m.
  Addressing Cow Herd Efficiency in a World of Mixed Messages for Producers: Matching Production Levels to Environmental Conditions, Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University

9 a.m.
  Bad News: They’re all Carriers of Something — Understanding the Impact of Broken Genes in the Beef Business, Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University

10 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
  Do We Raise Cattle or Bugs? Exploring the Symbiotic Relationship Between Cattle and Microbes, Andrew Benson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

11:30 a.m.
  Charge and Session Wrap-up

11:45 a.m.
  Annual meeting, regional caucuses and election of directors

12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
  Awards Luncheon: presentations of Pioneer awards, Continuing Service awards and president’s address

2 p.m.
  Technical Breakout Sessions
    • Cow Herd Efficiency and Adaptability
    • Genetic Prediction
    • Emerging Technology
Saturday, June 15, 2013
7 a.m.–6 p.m.
  Northern Oklahoma Tour, lunch provided by Pollard Angus
    • Oklahoma State Food and Agriculture Products Center
    • Oklahoma State Willard Sparks Beef Research Center
    • M&M Charolais
    • Pollard Angus

6:45 a.m.–6 p.m.
  Southern Oklahoma Tour, lunch provided by Noble Foundation
    • Historic Oklahoma City Stockyards
    • Raber’s Saddlery
    • Noble Foundation
    • Stuart Ranch




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