Beef Improvement Federation

Schedule

52nd Annual BIF Research Symposium Online

The conference will be hosted on the Zoom webinar platform (all times are CDT). Following the sessions, click on the presentation titles to watch the archived presentation on YouTube. PDF files of presentations slides are also posted.

Monday, June 8

Noon              Welcome

12:15 p.m.       YOUNG PRODUCERS SYMPOSIUM

What Will the Purebred Cattle Industry Look Like in 20 years – Bill Rishel, Rishel Angus
Video || Presentation Slides

Financial Planning for a New Generation of Producers – Adam Trott, Financial Analyst Manager, Rabo AgriFinance

Video || Presentation Slides

1:45 p.m.         BIF Board/Officer election results; Roy Wallace and Baker/Cundiff Scholarships and BIF Ambassador Award presentations

 

Tuesday, June 9

Noon               Tuesday Welcome

12:15 p.m.       GENERAL SESSION 1

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

Video || Presentation Slides

1 p.m.         BIF Awards Program: Commercial Producer of the Year and Pioneer Awards

BIF Wiki Update

Jane Parish, BIF Executive Director, Retiring Remarks

1:45 p.m.         Perspectives from End-User — What We Need and What We Want – Henry Zerby, VP of Protein Procurement and Innovation, Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-Op (QSCC) Inc.

Video || Presentation Slides

 

Wednesday, June 10

Noon               Wednesday Welcome

12:15 p.m.       GENERAL SESSION 2

Global Perspectives on Beef Sustainability – Don Close, Rabo AgriFinance

Video || Presentation Slides

1 p.m.         BIF Awards Program: Seedstock Producer of the Year and BIF Continuing Service Awards

Tommy Clark, 2019-2020 BIF President, Retiring Remarks

1:45 p.m.         Systems Approach to Beef Cattle Sustainability – Dr. Clay Mathis, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Texas A & M University—Kingsville

Sustainable Beef Production Causal Loop Diagram || Video || Presentation Slides

Thursday, June 11

Noon               Technical Breakout – Advancement in End-Product Improvement
Dr. Tommy Perkins, Associate Professor – Dean Hawkins Chair for Cow-calf Management, West Texas A & M

Sources of Variation in Measurements of Beef Carcass Traits Made Using Ultrasound – Dr. Mike MacNeil, Delta G – Presentation Slides | Video

Genetic Improvement – What does the Grid Data Show Us? – Brian Bertelsen, Vice President of Field Operations, US Premium Beef

Are alternative meats an end-product improvement? – Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California – Davis – Presentation Slides   | Video

 

2 p.m.              Technical Breakout – Advancement in Emerging Technology
Dr. Megan Rolf, Associate Professor, Kansas State University

Application of novel reproduction traits to genetic evaluation in tropical and temperate beef breeds – Dr. Matt Wolcott, AGBU (Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit), University of New England – Presentation Slides | Video

ImmuneDEX: Measuring and Selecting for Immune Competence in Angus – Christian Duff, Strategic Projects Manager, Angus Australia and Dr. Brad Hine, Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia – Presentation Slides | Video

Technical Breakout Session Video

4 p.m.              Technical Breakout – Advancement in Selection Decisions
Dr. Bob Weaber, Professor, Kansas State University

iGenDec: A tool for web-based sire selection – Dr. Matt Spangler, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Presentation Slides | Video

An index to select Angus sires for use on Dairy cows– Dr. Stephen Miller, Genetic Research Director, Angus Genetics Inc. and Dr. Jason Archer, AbacusBio – Presentation Slides | Video

BreedObject: Breeding for future profitability – Dr Brad Walmsley, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia – Presentation Slides | Video

DeSireBull – a bull selection decision support tool powered by BREEDPLAN – Laura Penrose – New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) – Presentation Slides | Video

Technical Breakout Session Video

 

 

Friday, June 12

Noon               Technical Breakout – Advancement in Efficiency and Adaptability
Dr. Mark Enns, Professor, Colorado State University

Cow Milk Production vs Calf Size – Dr. Travis Mulliniks, Univ. of Nebraska – Presentation Slides | Video

Genetic relationships between high elevation pulmonary arterial pressure; and feedlot growth, intake and carcass traits – Emma Briggs, Colorado State University – Presentation Slides | Video

Three critical things you need to know about calculating growth curves using partial body weights – Mark Nelson, GrowSafe – Presentation Slides | Video

Technical Breakout Video

2 p.m.              Technical Breakout – Advancement in Producer Applications
Dr. Darrh Bullock, Professor, University of Kentucky

New Selection Tools for Indicus-Influenced Cattle – John Genho, Neogen – Presentation Slides | Video

BIF Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs: New, Improved and Wiki – Dr. Bruce Golden, Theta Solutions LLC and BIF Guidelines Technical Coordinator – Presentation Slides | Video

Technical Breakout Video

4 p.m.              Technical Breakout – Genomic and Genetic Prediction
Dr. Mark Thallman, Research Geneticist, US Meat Animal Research Center, USDA-ARS

Low-pass sequence data in genetic evaluation – Dr. Larry Kuehn, Dr. Warren Snelling and Dr. Mark Thallman, US MARC (Meat Animal Research Center) and Dr. Matt Spangler, Univ. of Nebraska – Presentation Slides | Video

Increasing Accuracy of Genomic Predictions: From SNP Chips to Sequence Data. – Dr. Daniela Lourenco, University of Georgia – Presentation Slides | Video

Technical Breakout Video