If you cannot attend the 44th Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium & Annual Meeting April 18-20 in Houston, Texas, you can watch a live webcast hosted by Liveauctions.tv at www.BIFconference.com.
Sessions began at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, with keynote speaker Larry Cundiff.
Thursday morning’s general session begins at 8 a.m. and focuses on different aspects of fitting cattle to the environment. After the morning break, presenters will address economically relevant traits for commercial cow-calf production, addressing longevity, selection tools for temperament, reproduction, and weight and carcass merit.
The afternoon features concurrent technical sessions of the Emerging Technologies Committee and joint session of the Cow Herd Efficiency and Selection Decisions committees. The webcast will cover the session on cow herd efficiency.
Texas rancher and animal scientist Ron Gill will host a stress-free cattle-handling demonstration Thursday evening at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.
Friday’s general session at 8 a.m. addresses the meaning of the National Beef Quality Audit to the varied segments of the beef retail chain. Speakers will represent the cow-calf, feedlot, beef processor and retail segments. After the break, presenters will focus on epigenetics and fetal programming.
After that, Angus Productions Inc. (API) will offer live coverage of the Producer Application committee session.
API will provide comprehensive coverage of the symposium at www.BIFconference.com. Following the event the organization will offer in its newsroom summaries, PowerPoint presentations, proceedings papers, audio and videos. It will also post award winners.
For information on the BIF symposium, contact Joe Paschal at [email protected] or (361) 265-9203, or Chris Shivers at [email protected] or (713) 349-0854. For questions regarding the website, contact Shauna Hermel, API editor, at [email protected] or (816) 752-0089.