Beef Improvement Federation

2021 Schedule

53rd Annual BIF Research Symposium and Convention
June 22-25, 2021 • Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

8 am    BIF Board of Directors Meeting

Young Producer Symposium ~Profitability in Balance~

1 pm  Managing for Profitability: John Locke, Ranching for Profit instructor and J.D. Hudgins Inc. manager

1:45 pm  Building a Brand: Rachel Cutrer, Ranch House Designs owner

2:30 pm  Break

3 pm  Breeding for Profitability — Keeping Balance for the Long Haul

Producer panel: Steve Radakovich, Bart Jones and Mary Ann Kniebel. Moderated by Brian McCulloh

5 pm  Opening Reception

7 pm  National Association of Animal Breeders Symposium

Beef on Dairy – What’s going on and Why?

The changing AI landscape: Don Trimmer, Alta Genetics

Using beef genetics in a modern dairy : Lynn Boadwine, Boadwine Farms Inc.

The benefits of beef on dairy: Randall Grimmius, Grimmius Cattle Company


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

7:30 am  Continental Breakfast

General Session I ~Beef Industry: Where is it Going?~

8 am    Opening Comments and Welcome: John Lawrence, Iowa State University vice president for extension and outreach

8:15 am  Meat Consumer Purchasing Trends & Expectations: Michael Uetz, Midan Marketing managing principal

9 am    Lessons From Other Industries in Genetics: Jim Pillen, Pillen Family Farms owner

9:45 am  Break

10:15 am  We Can Sell More Beef: Dr. Dan Thomson, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science chair

11 am What I Heard: Troy Marshall, American Angus Association director of industry relations

11:30 am  Panel Discussion with morning speakers, moderated by Troy Marshall

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

2 pm    Technical Breakouts

Advancements in Genomics and Genetic Prediction-Chair: Dr. Mark Thallman, US-Meat Animal Research Center

2 pm  Genomic Dissection and Prediction of Bull Fertility – Dr. Francisco Penagaricano, University of Wisconsin

2:40 pm  Proposed Guideline Revisions for Contemporary Groups – Dr. Mark Thallman, US-Meat Animal Research Center, and Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

3:20 pm  Break

3:40 pm  Low-pass Sequencing Reveals Functional Genomics Affecting Cow Weight and Productivity – Dr. Warren Snelling, US-Meat Animal Research Center

4:20 pm  Developments in Research and Implementation supporting Genomic Prediction for Australian beef cattle – Dr. David Johnston, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Advancements in Producer Applications -Chair: Dr. Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky

2 pm  Understanding the Value of Accuracy – Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2:45 pm  Milk: Benefit or Burden – Ben Crites, University of Kentucky

3:20 pm  Break

3:30 pm  Selecting for Dollars: Putting Selection Indices to Work – Dr. Troy Rowan, University of Tennessee

4:15 pm  Target Selection to Meet Consumer Demands – Dr. Jennifer Bormann, Kansas State University

Advancements in Efficiency and Adaptability-Chair: Dr. Mark Enns, Colorado State University

2 pm  Calving Ease Cows – Optimal or Extreme? – Dr. Gary Bennett, USDA-MARC

2:45 pm  An Introduction to the ARS Beef Grand Challenge Project – Dr. Larry Kuehn, USDA-MARC

3:15 pm  Break

3:30 pm  A Piece of the Adaptability Puzzle: Multi-Breed Hair Shedding Genetic Effects and EPDs – Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri

4:15 pm  Sire Differences Within Heart and Heart Fat Score in Beef Cattle – Isabella Kukor, Colorado State University


5 pm    Travel to Ames

6 pm    Evening Social and Dinner at Hansen Agriculture Learning Center, Iowa State University

Welcome: Dan Robison, ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean


Thursday, June 24, 2021

7:15 am  Continental Breakfast

General Session II ~Precision Livestock Technology~

7:45  am  Announcements

8 am  Gene Editing Today and in the Future: Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, UC Davis Animal Genomics and Biotechnology

8:45 am  The Role of Technology in the Beef Industry: Justin Sexten, Precision Livestock Analytics vice president of strategy

9:30 am  Break

10 am  Applying Precision Technologies: Panel Discussion

Early implications of intelligent intake management on selection: Pat Wall, ISU extension specialist

Our experience with behavior monitoring ear tags: Reiss Bruning, Bruning Farms

Our experience with virtual fencing systems: Cody Jorgensen, Jorgensen Land and Livestock

Moderated by Justin Sexten

11 am  What I Heard: Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech University extension beef and sheep specialist

11:15 am BIF Board of Directors Caucuses and Elections

Noon   Awards Luncheon
Presentation of BIF Pioneer and Seedstock Producer awards, Frank Baker & Lary Cundiff scholarships, retiring president’s comments, introduction of newly elected BIF Board of Directors and invitation to BIF 2022


2 pm    Technical Breakouts

Advancements in Emerging Technology-Chair: Dr. Megan Rolf, Kansas State University

2 pm  Multi-breed genetic evaluation:  How does it work for seedstock and commercial cattle? – Dr. Randie Culbertson, American Simmental Association

2:40 pm  Gene-Edited Food Animals – The path from Proof of concept to Commercial Use – Dr. Tad Sonstegard, Acceligen

3:20 pm  Break

3:30 pm  Use of advanced reproductive technologies and inclusion of these records in genetic evaluation – Dr. Mark Thallman and Dr. Alexandria Snider, US-Meat Animal Research Center

4:10 pm  Practical Examples of Machine Learning in Animal Breeding – Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Advancements in End Product Improvement-Chair: Dr. Tommy Perkins, West Texas A & M University

2 pm    Ultrasound Guidelines Council Update – Mr. Patrick Wall, UGC Executive Director

2:30 pm  Impact of Ultrasound, Carcass and Genomic Data on Body Composition EPDs – Kelli Retallick, American Angus Association

3:15 pm Break

3:45 pm  Use of New Generation Ultrasound Equipment to Collect Carcass Data – Dr. Tommy Perkins, West Texas A&M University

4:15  pm  Genomics Use in Improving Meat Quality in Cattle – Dr. Raluca Mateescu, University of Florida

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

2 pm   An Update on and Demonstration of iGenDec – Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2:40 pm  Examining the impact of situational indexes on selection decisions – Dr. Bruce Golden, Theta Solutions, LLC

3:25 pm  Break

3:40 pm  An Overview of Economic Selection Indexes Offered by American Breeds – John Genho, Neogen

4:20 pm  Using Beef on Dairy Data to Increase the Accuracy of Selection Decisions for Carcass Traits – Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University

5 pm   BIF Board of Directors Meeting

5 pm    Cocktail hour

6 pm    Dinner in Des Moines (not included in registration)


Friday, June 25, 2021

Post-conference Tours: Eastern Iowa or Western Iowa

7:30 am Load buses

6 pm    Return to Iowa Events Center