Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
June 8-12, 2020 • Online Program


52nd Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention

The virtual event will be hosted online the week of June 8 starting at noon CDT each day. The conference will be hosted on the Zoom webinar platform.

Below is a tentative schedule (all times are CDT).

Monday, June 8, 2020
Noon BIF Board Meeting
  • What Will the Purebred Cattle Industry Look Like in 20 Years — Bill Rishel, Rishel Angus
  • Financial Planning for a New Generation of Producers — Adam Trott, Financial Analyst Manager, Rabo AgriFinance
  • BIF Board/Officer election results
  • Scholarship award presentations — Roy Wallace, Baker/Cundiff
  • BIF Ambassador Award presentation
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Noon Tuesday Welcome

Consumer Market Research — What They Say They Need and They Want — Shawn Darcy, Director of Market Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Market Research

1:15 BIF Awards Program:
  • Commercial Producer of the Year
  • Pioneer Awards
1:45 Perspectives from End Users — What We Need and What We Want — Henry Zerby, Vice President of Protein Procurement and Innovation, Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-Op (QSCC) Inc.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Noon Wednesday Welcome

Global Perspectives on Beef Sustainability — Don Close, Rabo AgriFinance

1:15 BIF Awards Program:
  • Seedstock Producer of the Year
  • Continuing Service Awards

Systems Approach to Beef Cattle Sustainability — Clay Mathis, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Texas A&M University–Kingsville

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Technical Breakout — Advancement in End-product Improvement — Chair: Tommy Perkins, Associate Professor, Dean Hawkins, Chair for Cow-calf Management, West Texas A&M University

  • Sources of Variation in Measurements of Beef Carcass Traits Made Using Ultrasound — Mike MacNeil, Delta G
  • Genetic Improvement: What Does the Grid Show Us? — Brian Bertelsen, Vice President of Field Operations, U.S. Premium Beef
  • Are Alternative Meats an End-product Improvement? — Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California–Davis

2:00 Technical Breakout — Advancement in Emerging Technology — Chair: Megan Rolf, Associate Professor, Kansas State University
  • Application of Novel Reproduction Traits to Genetic Evaluation in Tropical and Temperate Beef Breeds — Matt Wolcott, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
  • ImmuneDEX: Measuring and Selecting for Immune Competence in Angus — Christian Duff, Strategic Projects Manager, Angus Australia, and Brad Hine, Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
4:00 Technical Breakout — Advancement in Selection Decisions — Chair: Bob Weaber, Professor, Kansas State University
  • iGenDec: A Tool for Web-based Sire Selection — Matt Spangler, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • An Index to Select Angus Sires for Use on Dairy Cows — Stephen Miller, Genetic Research Director, Angus Genetics Inc., and Jason Archer, AbacusBio.
  • BreedObject: Breeding for Future Profitability — Brad Walmsley, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
  • DeSireBull: A Bull Selection Decision Support Tool Powered by BREEDPLAN — Laura Penrose, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)
Friday, June 12, 2020
Noon Technical Breakout — Advancement in Efficiency and Adaptability
Chair: Mark Enns, Professor, Colorado State University
  • Cow Milk Production vs. Calf Size — Travis Mulliniks, University of Nebraska
  • Genetic Relationships Between High-elevation Pulmonary Arterial Pressure and Feedlot Growth, Intake and Carcass Traits — Emma Briggs, Colorado State University
  • Three Critical Things You Need to Know About Calculating Growth Curves Using Partial Body Weights — Mark Nelson, GrowSafe
2:00 Technical Breakout — Advancement in Producer Applications — Chair: Darrh Bullock, Professor, University of Kentucky
  • New Selection Tools for Indicus-influenced Cattle —John Genho, Neogen
  • BIF Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs: New, Improved and Wiki — Bruce Golden, Theta Solutions LLC and BIF Guidelines Technical Coordinator
4:00 Technical Breakout — Genomic and Genetic Prediction — Chair: Mark Thallman, Research Geneticist, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, USDA-ARS
  • What is Low-Pass Sequencing Going to Do for Genetic Evaluation? — Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska, and Mark Thallman, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • Increasing Accuracy of Genomic Predictions: from SNP Chips to Sequence Data — Daniela Lourenco, University of Georgia.

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