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2024 Schedule

56th Annual BIF Research Symposium and Convention

June 10-13 • University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Monday, June 10

8 am BIF Board of Directors Meeting

Young Producer Symposium
1 pm  Welcome
Kevin Schulz, BIF President, Haviland, Kansas

1:15 pm  Biotechnology 101 – A practical, producer guide to gene editing, vaccinology and genomics
Dr. Jon Beever, University of Tennessee

2:15 pm  Break

2:30 pm   Land Loss & Estate Planning – Panel Discussion
Kevin Ferguson– University of Tennessee (moderator)

3:30 pm   From nothing to WOW: Innovative Producer Perspectives – Panel Discussion
Jim Johnson, Brands and Barbwire, live Podcast (moderator)

5 pm  Opening Reception and Scholarship Reception
Presentation of the Roy Wallace Scholarship and Frank Baker & Larry Cundiff scholarships

6 pm  Feeder Cattle Panel: Capturing value of improved genetics and health in feeder cattle production

Building Value Added Feeder Cattle
Dr. Nevil Spear, (moderator)

How you nutritionally manage the cow during gestation matters
TBD, (moderator)


Tuesday, June 11

7 am Breakfast

Morning Session

8 am  Welcome

General Session I: Building a better cow

8:30 am  Genetic Selection Tools for More Adaptable Cows
Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri

9 am  Genetic Improvement Programs in the Fescue Belt
Dr. Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky

9:30 am  Why is Cow Longevity and Maternal Performance Important
Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University

10:15 am  Break and Graduate Poster Sessions

10:45 am  The Full Picture of Cow Efficiency
Dr. Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University

11:30 am  Panel Discussion Q and A
Speakers from General Session I

Noon  Awards Luncheon
Presentation of BIF Commercial Producer, Continuing Service and Ambassador Awards

2 pm  Beef Improvement Federation Board of Directors elections (voting and caucus)

2:30 pm  Technical Breakouts

Advancements in Genomics and Genetic Prediction, chaired by Dr. Warren Snelling, US Meat Animal Research Center

Advancements in Producer Applications, chaired by Dr. Troy Rowan, University of Tennessee

Advancements in Efficiency and Adaptability, chaired by Dr. Mark Enns, Colorado State University

6:30 pm Off-Site Social, Yee Haw Brewing


Wednesday, June 12

7 am Breakfast

General Session II: Building a better cow

8 am  Breeding a more resilient cow: Perspectives from the dairy industry
Dr. Christine Baes, University of Guelph

8:45 am  Perspectives on Cow Efficiency from USMARC Research
Dr. Larry Kuehn, USMARC

9:30 am  Break and Graduate Student Poster Session

10 am  With cow efficiency, #PhenotypeIsKing: Putting high-throughput phenotypes to work in UK’s genetic evaluations
Dr. Mike Coffey, Scotland Rural College

10:45 am  Panel Discussion Q and A
Speakers from General Session ll

11:30 am  BIF Board Caucus and Elections

Noon  Awards Luncheon
Presentation of BIF Pioneer and Seedstock Producer awards, retiring president’s comments, introduction of newly elected BIF Board of Directors and invitation to BIF 2025

2 pm Technical Breakouts

Advancements in Emerging Technology, chaired by Dr. Megan Rolf, Kansas State University,

Advancements in End Product Improvement, chaired by Dr. Tommy Perkins, West Texas A & M University

Advancements in Selection Decisions, chaired by Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

5:30 pm BIF Board of Directors Meeting

Dinner on your own


Thursday, June 13

East Tennessee Tour


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