2009 BIF meeting to be held in Sacramento, CA

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 3, 2008
2009 BIF meeting to be held in Sacramento, CA

The California Beef Cattle Improvement Association and California Cattlemen’s Association will host the International Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Conference in Sacramento, CA, April 30-May 3, 2009. BIF works with cattle breeders to improve the science and technology applied by the beef industry with the purpose of improving production. More than 750 cattle breeders, commercial producers, university researchers, and supporting businesses and organizations are expected to attend the four-day conference.

“This is a rare opportunity for cattlemen from throughout the western U.S. to come together to learn the latest in breeding technology, science and adaptability to continue to improve one of our nation’s leading industries,” said Thomas Freitas, vice president of the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association. “We are honored to have this conference in California and host our fellow cattlemen from throughout the nation and the world.”

“While we are a leading industry in the United States, and most certainly California, we do some of our best learning from each other, so this exchange amongst industry producers and professionals is an incredible opportunity for cattlemen and women who work so hard every day to continue to improve upon what we do best, raising beef cattle,” he continued.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Session topics will include Genome Selection in the Cattle Industry, Genetic Goals in an Era of High Input Costs, and Economics of Beef Cattle Production. The federation will also hold their annual committee meetings for producers addressing six topic areas: Producer Technology Application, Cow Herd Efficiency and Adaptability, Emerging Technologies, Live Animal, Carcass and End Product Evaluation, Selection Decisions, and Genetic Prediction.

Tours of some of northern California’s top producing cattle operations, including Duane Martin, who is one of the top 10 cow/calf operators in the U.S., and Drake’s Bay Family Farm, which raises grass fed beef and oysters, will be a part of the conference tours and festivities along with wine tasting and a cutting horse demonstration at Rancho Murietta’s equine facility.

For registration and hotel information, visit www.calcattlemen.org/bif2009.html. You may also contact the organizing committee cochairs, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam at 530/752-7942, alvane@ucdavis.edu, or Terry Jochim at 916/ 709-2159, dustytrl@cattlemen.net, for additional information and conference details. — WLJ