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Symposium Schedule

2019 BIF Research Symposium & Convention

June 18-21, 2019
University Comfort Suites and Convention Center, Brookings, S.D.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  Young Producers Symposium
1 p.m.
  Introduction to BIF, Lee Leachman, president of BIF
1:15 p.m.
  Drafting Your Team, Alan Hojer, Keep Farmers Farming manager, legacy consultant, First Dakota National Bank
2:00 p.m.
  Building a Ranch Using Data, Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyo.
2:45 p.m.
  Thinking Outside the Box, Tom Field, Paul Engler Chair of Agribusiness Enterprenuership, University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
3:30 p.m.
  Q&A Roundtable
5:30 p.m.
  Opening Reception
7:00 p.m.-
8:30 p.m.

National Association of Animal Breeders Symposium

  1. (7:00) Welcome and presentation of sexed semen research, George Perry, South Dakota State University
  2. (7:25) Collaborative research efforts, Jordan Thomas and Brent Mason
  3. (8:00) Panel discussion and Q&A
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    General Session I: Applications of Technology
7:45 a.m.
  Welcome — Barry Dunn, president of South Dakota State University
8 a.m.
  New Technologies in Cattle Reproduction and the Correlated Acceleration of Genetic Gain — Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa
8:45 a.m.
  Update on Gene Editing — Alison Van Eenennaam, extension specialist in animal biotechnology and genomics, University of California–Davis
9:30 a.m.
  Question & Answer Session
10 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
  Elite Commercial Producer Panel John Moes, Moes Feedlot, Watertown, S.D.; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyo.; Tylor Braden, King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas; and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Neb.
11:30 a.m.
  What you heard: Summary of morning sessions
— Kevin Schultz
  Awards luncheon
  Presentation of BIF Commercial Producer, Continuing Service and Ambassador Awards and Roy Wallace Scholarship

2–5:30 p.m.



Breakout Sessions:

  • Technical Breakout — Advancements in Genomics & Genetic Prediction
    Chairman: Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.

    1. (2:00) Introduction, Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
    2. (2:05) BIF Guidelines Update, Lauren Hyde, International Genetic Solutions
    3. (2:20) Would You Drive a Racecar Without Steering?, Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of Colorado
    4. (3:00) Decision Support Using Customizable Indices Across Breeds, Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska
    5. (3:40) Break
    6. (4:00) Detection and Treatment of Various Birth Weight Contemporary Group Recording Methods in the IGS Evaluation, Bruce Golden, Theta Solutions
    7. (4:40) Low-pass Sequencing to Genotype Cattle: Promises and problems, Warren Snelling, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • Technical Breakout — Advancements in Producer Applications
    Chairman: Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky
    1. (2:00) Introduction, Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky
    2. (2:10) BIF Guidelines Update, Megan Rolf, Kansas State University
    3. (2:20) Can We Select for Structure? Foot Score EPD, Kelli Retallick, Angus Genetics Inc.
    4. (2:40) Beyond the Milk EPD: Udder Scores, Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association
    5. (3:00) Fertility Traits: Where we are and opportunities for advancement, Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
    6. (3:30) Break
    7. (3:45) Getting the Most From Our Selection Tools: Decision support, Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska
    8. (4:30) Developing DNA Tests for Improved Fertility and Reduced Embryonic Loss in U.S. Cattle Breeds, Jerry Taylor, University of Missouri
  • Technical Breakout — Advancements in Efficiency & Adaptability
    Chairman: Mark Enns, Colorado State University

    1. (2:00) Introductions, Mark Enns, Colorado State University
    2. (2:05) Improving Thermotolerance in Beef Cattle: A genomic approach, Raluca Mateescu, University of Florida
    3. (2:50) The BIF Guidelines Wiki, BIF Guidelines Drafting Team
    4. (3:05) Genetic Control of Cattle Feet and Leg Structure, Jennifer Borman, Kansas State University
    5. (3:45) PAP, HMD and FHD: Alphabet Soup of what we know and don't know about genetics of pulmonary hypertension in cattle, M.G. Thomas, Colorado State University
    6. (4:30) PAP EPD: A new tool to improve adaptability, Kelli Retallick, Angus Genetics Inc.

6:30 p.m.
  Evening Social & Dinner at Club 71, SDSU campus
Thursday, June 20, 2019
  General Session II: Utilization of Big Data
7:45 a.m.
  Welcome John Killefer, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, South Dakota State University
8 a.m.
  The Next Generation of Genetic Tools — John Genho, senior director of technical services, Neogen
8:40 a.m.
  An Update on the Latest Agri-tech Emerging in the Australian Grazing Industries — Mark Trotter, Central Queensland University
9:20 a.m.
9:50 a.m.
  The Use of 'Big Data' in a Modern Swine Breeding Program Now and in the Future Jeremy Howard, Smithfield Premium Genetics
10:30 a.m.
  Question and answer session
11 a.m.
  Wrap-up — Matt Perrier, Dalebanks Angus, Kansas
11:15 a.m.
  Caucuses and Elections
12:30 a.m.
  Awards Luncheon
  1. — Presentation of BIF Pioneer and Seedstock Producer awards
  2. — Frank Baker and Lary Cundiff scholarships
  3. — Introduction of newly elected BIF Board of Directors
  4. — Invitation to BIF 2020
2-5:30 p.m.
  Breakout Sessions:

  • Technical Breakout — Advancements in Emerging Technology
    Chairman: Megan Rolf, Kansas State University

    1. (2:00) Update on the BIF Guidelines Wiki, Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky
    2. (2:15) Development of a Web-based Sire Selection Tool, Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska
    3. (3:00) Past, Present and Future of Genetic Embryo Testing in Cattle, Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics
    4. (3:45) Break
    5. (4:00) ROH and Genomic Inbreeding in Angus, Duc Lu, Angus Genetics Inc.
    6. (4:45) Individual Animal Supplementation Using SmartFeeds, Timothy DelCurto, Montana State University
  • Technical Breakout — Advancements in End Product Improvement
    Chairman: Tommy Perkins, International Brangus Breeders Association

    1. (2:00) BIF Guidelines Web Version Update, BIF Wiki Team Members
    2. (2:10) Using Genomics to Improve Meat Quality in Bos Indicus-influenced Cattle, Raluca Mateescu, University of Florida
    3. (2:45) From Label to Table: Understanding consumer preferences for beef, Amanda Blair, South Dakota State University
    4. (3:30) Use of Cloning in Beef Production, the WTAMU PrimeOne Project, David Lust, West Texas A&M University
    5. (4:15) Consumer Perceptions of Beef and Beef Production, Rick Husted, vice president strategic planning and market research, National Cattlemen's Beef Association
    6. (4:45) Ultrasound Guidelines Council Update, Patrick Wall, executive director, Ultrasound Guidelines Council
  • Technical Breakout — Advancements in Selection Decisions
    Chairman: Bob Weaber, Kansas State University

    1. (2:00) Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) Research at USMARC, Larry Kuehn and Tara McDonald, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
    2. (2:45) Economic-based Index Selection: An example in pigs, Scott Newman, Genus-ABS
    3. (3:00) Break
    4. (3:45) New $Value Indexes at AAA, Stephen Miller, Angus Genetics Inc.
    5. (4:30) Utilization of Beef Cattle Genetic Technology by Producers, Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
6:30 p.m.
  Evening social and BBQ, SDSU Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility
Friday, June 21, 2019

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