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South Dakota to Host Beef Improvement Federation Meeting - Register Now

June 18-21-2019- Early registration deadline for #BeefImprovement19 is May 15. Attendees can save $100 by pre-registering. Online registration is available at


Tuesday, June 18

1 pm – Young Producer Symposium

1 pm – Introduction to BIF – Lee Leachman, BIF president

1:15 pm – Drafting Your Team – Alan Hojer

2 pm – Building a Ranch Using Data – Trey Patterson

2:45 pm – Thinking Outside the Box – Dr. Tom Field

3:30 pm – Question and Answer Roundtable

5:30 pm – Opening Reception

7 pm – National Association of Animal Breeders Symposium

Wednesday, June 19 Theme:  Applications of Technology

7:45 am – Welcome from Dr. Barry Dunn, President of South Dakota State University

8 am – New Technologies in Cattle Reproduction and the Correlated Acceleration of Genetic Gain – Mark Allan, Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, IA

8:45 am – Update on Gene Editing – Alison Van Eenennaam

9:30 am – 30 minute Q&A

10 am – Break

10:30 am – Elite Commercial Producers – including John Moes, Moes Feedlot, Watertown, South Dakota; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch, Ranchester, Wyoming; Tylor Braden, King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas; and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Co., Wauneta, Nebraska

11:30 am – What I heard

noon – Lunch Presentation of BIF Commercial Producer, Continuing Service and Ambassador Awards, Frank Baker and Larry Cundiff Scholarships

2 pm  – Breakout sessions: Advancements in genomics and genetic prediction – Chair, Mark Thallman; Advancements in producer applications – Chair, Darrh Bullock; Advancements in efficiency and adaptability – Chair, Mark Enns

6:30 pm – Evening social and dinner at Club 71, SDSU campus

Thursday, June 20 Theme:  Utilization of Big Data

7:45 am – Announcements

8 am – Multi-breed Genomic Evaluations – TBA

8:40 am – An Update on the Latest Agri-tech Emerging in the Australian Grazing Industries – Dr. Mark Trotter

9:20 am – Break

9:50 am – Big Data in Agriculture – TBA

10:30 am – 30 minute Q&A

11 am – Wrap-up, Matt Perrier

11:15 am – Caucuses and elections

12:30 pm  – Lunch Presentation of BIF Pioneer and Seedstock Producer Awards, Roy Wallace Scholarship, Introduction of newly elected BIF Board of Directors, Invitation to BIF 2020.

2 pm to 5:30 pm – Breakout sessions: Advancements in emerging technology – Chair, Megan Rolf; Advancements in end product improvement – Chair, Tommy Perkins; Advancements in selection decisions – Chair, Bob Weaber

6:30 pm – Evening social and BBQ, SDSU Cow/Calf Education and Research Facility

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