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2014 BIF Meeting Tentative Agenda

Attention on Novel Traits: Needed or Novelty

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Noon–7 p.m.

1–4 p.m.
  Board Meeting

5–6 p.m.
  Welcome Reception

6–9 p.m.

U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) Symposium: 50 Years of Service to the Beef Industry

• History of the Germplasm Evaluation Project: Past, Larry Cundiff; Present, Mark Thallman

• The Genomics Era, Steve Kappes

• The USMARC–UNL Partnership, Ronnie Green

Panel Discussion: Seedstock, Bill Rishel; Genomics, Dave Nichols; Commercial, Burke Teichert; Feedlot, Chuck Folken

Thursday, June 19, 2014
6 a.m.-6 p.m.

8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  General Session I: Focus on the Cow Herd

8 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
  Economic considerations for profitable cow herds, Clay Mathis, King Ranch Institute

9:15 a.m.
  Heifer intake and feed efficiency as indicators of cow intake and efficiency, Dan Shike, University of Illinois

10 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
  Decreasing costs through improved heifer development strategies, Rick Funston, University of Nebraska

11 a.m.
  The long-lasting impact of nutrition: Developmental programming, Kim Vonnahme, North Dakota State University

11:30 p.m.
  Merging genetics and management for improved profitability, moderator: Tom Field; panelists: Donnell Brown, JD Radakovich, Lorna Marshall

12:30-2:30 p.m.
  Awards Luncheon
  • Commercial Producer of the Year Award
  • Pioneer Award
  • Continuing Service Award
2:30-5:30 p.m.
  Technical breakout sessions:
  • Advancements in Cow Herd Efficiency and Adaptability
    • 2:30 – The challenge: Evaluating cow lifetime productivity and efficiency, Mike MacNeil, Delta G
    • 3:15 – Measuring cow efficiency and productivity: What do we know from the research? Mike Davis, The Ohio State University
    • 4:00 – Cow efficiency and productivity: The MARC Perspective, Larry Kuehn, USDA MARC
    • 4:45 – National Cattle Evaluation: Approaches to cow productivity and efficiency, Scott Speidel, Colorado State University
  • Advancements in Emerging Technology
    • 2:30 – Following the yellow brick road of beef cattle genomics — 25 years of perspective, Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska
    • 2:45 – The evolution of commercial DNA analysis in the cattle industry, Daniel Pomp
    • 3:15 – Accelerating Agrigenomics: The business of cattle genetics, Michael Bishop, Illumina
    • 3:45 – Using genomics to pick high-hanging fruit: Integrated projects update, Ronnie Green/Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska
    • 4:15 – Molecular breeding to accelerate livestock improvement, Scott Fahrenkrug, Recombinetics
    • 4:45 – Design and function of a genomics database for the cattle industry, Harvey Blackburn, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation
  • Advancements in Selection Decisions and Advancements in Producer Applications Joined Session
  • 2:30 – Brief statement on BIF's role in standardization and what we hope to accomplish with this session
  • 2:45 – ERTs for the "New Beef Industry," Bruce Golden, California Polytechnic State University
  • 3:30 – Don't blame the bull: Rethinking contemporary groups starting at or before conception, Dan Moser, Kansas State University
  • 4:15 – EPD wish list and farm-level data collection challenges, Producer panel
  • 5:00 – Performance data wish list now and in the future response to producer panel, Breed association panel
6-10 p.m.
  Dinner at Lincoln Station

Friday, June 20, 2014
6 a.m.–6 p.m..

8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  General Session II: Focus on the Feedlot

8 a.m.
  Selection for novel traits: An international genomics perspective, Donagh Berry, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagas, Ireland

8:30 a.m.
  Economic benefits of using genetic selection to reduce the prevalence of the bovine respiratory disease complex in beef feedlot cattle, Holly Neibergs, Washington State University

9 a.m.
  It is possible to genetically change the nutrient profile of beef, Raluca Mateescu, Oklahoma State University

9:30 a.m.
  Changes in dietary regime impact fatty acid profile of beef, Susan Duckett, Clemson University

10 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
  Improving feed efficiency in the feedlot: Opportunities and challenges, Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska

11 a.m.
  Relationship between selection for feed efficiency and methane production, Harvey Freetly, USMARC

11:30 a.m.
  Wrap up

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

12:30 p.m.
  Awards luncheon
  • Seedstock Producer of the Year Award
  • Frank Baker Award
  • Roy Wallace Scholarship Award
  • Ambassador Award
  • President's address
  • Elections
2:30-5:30 p.m.
  Technical breakout sessions
  • Advancements in Live Animal, Carcass and End Product
    • 2:30 – Diminishing beef cow research herds: Their role in the past and their role in the future, Ken Odde, Kansas State University
    • 3:00 – Meat quality research at USMARC, Tommy Wheeler, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.
    • 3:30 – Measuring and quantifying the role of collagen crosslinks in beef tenderness, John Gonzalez, Kansas State University
    • 4:15 – Healthfulness of beef: A genome-wide association study using crossbred cattle, Lauren Schiermiester & Cashley Ahlberg, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    • 4:45 – Breeding for reduced environmental footprint, Donagh Berry, Animal Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Moorepark, Ireland
  • Advancements in Genetic Prediction
    • 2:30 – Opportunities and challenges for a new approach to genomic prediction, Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University
    • 3:00 – Updates on implementation of genomic-enhanced National Cattle Evaluation, Breed association representatives
    • 3:45 – Eliminating the approximation bias in NCE accuracy computations with high-performance Gibbs Sampling, Bruce Golden, California Polytechnic State University
    • 4:00 – Things that annoy me about National Cattle Evaluation, Mark Thallman, USMARC
5:30-8 p.m.
  Board Meeting

Saturday, June 21, 2014 – Post-conference tour
6:45 a.m.
  Depart hotel
  • Circle Five Feedlot
  • U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • GeneSeek
5 p.m.
  Arrive back to hotel

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