Friday, April 5, 2013

Beef Improvement Federation 2013


Missouri producers interested in quality beef and genetic improvement can attend a nearby national meeting. But, they need to sign up before April 15th to get the early-bird rate.
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meets in Oklahoma City, June 12-15. It’s where researchers, producers and industry leaders meet to discuss discoveries in beef production.
The theme is “Where Profit and Progress Intersect.” A major topic will be the crossbreeding vs. straight-breeding debate.
New genetic tools are available that aid production of quality beef. Producers will hear various sides of all issues.
MU beef reproduction specialist Dave Patterson will present results of research on breeding protocols. Those were developed and tested at the MU Thompson Farm, Spickard Missouri.
It’s a chance to hear the latest in beef cattle breeding and genetics.
The main program is June 13-14. Other events and ranch tours surround the meeting at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
There will be more than serious science. The group visits the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum the evening of June 13. Entertainment includes the Bunkhouse Band.
Producers can sign up at the BIF website. Hotel links are included.
There is one fee for all four days. However, various combinations down to one-day tickets are available. The early-fee deadline is April 15.

Read more at University of Missouri Extension news.

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