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Beef industry heads to Bozeman for annual BIF Symposium June 1-4

Bill Brewster

The 43rd annual Research Symposium and annual meeting of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) gets underway in Bozeman, MT, June 1-3. The jam-packed agenda will bring together the academic and production leaders of the beef cattle industry to Montana. The symposium provides a treasure box of information and tools that give producers cutting edge technology for their livestock operations.

Approximately 600 cattlemen and allied industry representatives are expected to attend the event at Montana State University, said Joe Cassady, associate professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and BIF executive director. Seedstock and commercial cow-calf producers, university specialists and breed association leaders will gather to explore innovative technologies and management practices to improve beef production for the benefit of seedstock and commercial producers.

BIF President Ben Eggers, Sydenstricker Genetics, Mexico, MO, encourages producers to attend this year’s meeting to participate in discussion of accurate measurement and prediction of genetic traits, environmental effects, genetic effects on animal health, and tying it all to profitability.

Dr. Jerry Lipsey, Ph.D, executive vice president of the American Simmental Association of Bozeman, and member of the planning committee for the event, said the meeting offers producers the opportunity to be arm to arm with some of the most motivated, informed cattle producers in this nation.

“Only NCBA provides a similar opportunity to meet the very best commercial and seedstock producers and also the leaders of the beef cattle industry,” he said.

The program begins on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. with the National Association of Animal Breeders Symposium. The session starts with a welcome to Montana by Bill Donald, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and a presentation on the topic, “Genetic Improvement from AI and Synchronization – Everybody Wins.”

In addition, Cliff Marshall, vice president of production for Select Sires, is featured during a presentation called, “They call Me Dr. Discard.”

On June 2, the morning speakers will focus on the role of genetic evaluation technology to enhance global competitiveness during the first section. After the break, the focus switches to the role of genetics in improving animal health and the factors influencing BVDV antibody levels in weanling calves.

At a luncheon, awards will be given to the commercial producer of the year and other federation accomplishments.

Concurrent technical sessions are scheduled for the afternoon.

On June 3, the general session opens with a program on new traits in national cattle evaluation, chaired by Kathy Creighton-Smith of the Montana Angus Association.

Other program topics during the morning include measuring feed efficiency in beef cattle, selecting for female fertility, weighting BRD resistance in selection decisions and genetic prediction tools.

During the luncheon, the seedstock producer of the year will be announced.

That afternoon, the focus turns to advances in genetic prediction with a number of experts from around the world providing updates. A look at emerging technologies, chaired by Jack Ward of the American Hereford Association, completes the program for the day. Included in the session is a presentation on the economic value of residual feed intake at bull sales by Dr. John Paterson, extension beef cattle specialist at Montana State University.

On Saturday, June 4, two separate tours are scheduled.

Tour One includes a visit to Midland Bull Test, Columbus; Genex Hawkeye, Billings; and Holden Ranch Red Angus, Reedpoint.

Tour Two travels to Sitz Angus Ranch, Harrison; Virginia City; 5L Red Angus, Sheridan; and Cooper Hereford Ranch, Willow Creek.


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