The 2004 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) will meet May 25-28 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls, S.D., for its 36th annual meeting. The following are some topics to be covered at the national event.
Tuesday, May 25. A 7 p.m. session on developing technologies in animal agriculture includes a look at reproductive technologies, transgenics, DNA fingerprinting and marker-assisted selection (MAS).
Wednesday, May 26. An 8:15 a.m. session features costs and potential profits of new technologies. A 10:15 a.m. session looks at leverage points for profit. Roundtable discussions at 2 p.m. focus on genetic prediction; producer application; and live animal, carcass and end point.
Thursday, May 27. An 8 a.m. session discusses expectations of end users and the costs of meeting consumer demands. At 10:30 a.m., the topic is the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) tenderness project. Roundtable discussions at 2 p.m. deal with cow herd efficiency, emerging technologies and selection decisions.
Friday, May 28. The conference features two tours of area beef operations and companies that serve the beef industry.
Angus Productions Inc. (API) will provide real-time coverage of the event at www.bifconference.com. Visit the Web site, which is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., for registration information, proceedings papers, audio files of speakers, PowerPoint® presentations and photos of award winners. Archived coverage of the 2002 and 2003 meetings is also available.
Full registration costs $125. Spouses can register for $110; students for $80. You can also do daily registrations if you cant be in Sioux Falls all week. To register online visit www.bifconference.com. For more details, contact Cody Wright at (605) 688-5448, or call Justin Stockall of the South Dakota Cattlemens Association at (605) 945-2333. SDSU, the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the South Dakota Cattlemens Association sponsor the conference.