Project Number: 3040-31000-090-06-G
Project Type: Grant
Start Date: Apr 1, 2014
End Date: Oct 31, 2014
The objective of the BIF Annual Research Symposium is to bring together representatives from all facets of the beef industry including research scientists, extension specialists, breed association technical staff, beef industry media, seedstock producers, and commercial cow-calf producers to discuss recent developments of importance to the genetic improvement of beef cattle. The annual BIF research symposium is unique in that it includes many interactive sessions to allow for a thorough discussion of topics that are of interest to stakeholders. This serves as a forum for open dialogue between scientists and the end users as a way to push technology into the industry and to garner valuable feedback to inform research going forward. Decisions that are made in the committee meetings are reviewed by the BIF board of directors for inclusion into the BIF publication, Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs, which is currently in its ninth edition. The goal for the 2014 conference is to focus discussion on the discovery and deployment of genetic/genomic selection tools and management programs for the improvement of novel traits.
The conference will be held June 18 – June 21, 2014 in Lincoln, NE. The BIF Research Symposium and Annual Meeting is held in a different state every year and it has been over 12 years since Nebraska last hosted this event. One of the factors that made Nebraska a logical host for this meeting in 2014 is the fact that the US Meat Animal Research Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary that year. Given the overwhelming contributions of USMARC scientists to BIF, the ability to host an event such as the annual BIF meeting in NE in such a monumental year is truly historical. The dates were selected to avoid scheduling conflicts with other significant beef industry and scientific meetings such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Society of Animal Science meetings. These dates should also minimize interference with regional beef production activities. The meeting will take place over four-day period. The forth day will include optional tours to highlight Nebraska beef production for interested participants. The two and one-half day educational program will be broken into wo morning sessions for which the program committee develops the agenda of speakers and afternoon BIF committee technical sessions. General session speakers will include internationally and nationally recognized experts in the field of beef cattle genetics (see past BIF proceedings at www.beefimprovement.org). The Wednesday evening session is designed to highlight research activities of the US Meat Animal Research Center as the impact this research has had on the beef cattle industry over the past 50 years. General sessions at the annual BIF meeting have historically been a very applied in nature and consisted of presentations that are of interest to beef cattle producers. These presentations are designed to not only increase awareness of topics, but also modify production practices. The committee meetings during the afternoon sessions are designed to be more interactive and often include more technical material. Frequently committee chairs seek audience input regarding proposed policy or guidelines. The intended audience for the BIF meeting includes cattle producers, both seedstock breeders and commercial cow-calf, allied industry, and members of the research and extension community. Consequently, the program is designed to appeal to all in attendance.