Dates announced for California Beef Rush 2009

Feb 13, 2009
by WLJ

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) will hold their Annual Research Symposium and meetings in Sacramento, CA, April 30–May 3, 2009. Topics for discussion at the “California Beef Rush 2009” will include beef cattle reproduction and beef cattle cost efficiency. BIF works with cattle breeders to improve the science and technology applied by the beef industry with the purpose of improving production.

More than 450 cattle breeders, commercial producers, university researchers and supporting businesses and organizations are expected to attend the four-day conference.

On Friday, May 1, the program will look at the value of genome selection in beef cattle reproduction with a panel of industry experts.

On Saturday, May 2, the program will focus on enhanced standards involving beef cattle cost efficiency. Tom Field, Ph.D., representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will moderate a panel of experts including Dave Daley, Ph.D., California State University, Chico; John Lawrence, Ph.D., Iowa State University; Mike Smith of Harris Ranch Beef Company, California; and Chip Ramsey of Rex Ranch, Nebraska.

A pre-conference tour on Thursday, April 30, will visit Five Star Land & Livestock (owned and operated by Mark and Abbie Nelson) and Duane Martin and Son, one of the top 10 cow/calf operators in the U.S. In addition, a cutting horse demonstration at Rancho Murietta’s equine facility and a winery will take place. The post-conference tour on Sunday, May 3, will visit Drake’s Bay Family Farm, which raises grass fed beef and oysters, and Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory. Space for these tours is limited.

Attendees are encouraged to register early to be included. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, CA. For registration and hotel information, visit

The special BIF hotel rate at Sheraton Hotel is $139 per night, available only through April 3, 2009. Hotel reservations at this special group rate can be made online at tel.html.

For additional information or conference details, you may also contact the organizing committee cochairs Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam at 530/752-7942, al, or Terry Jochim at 916/709-2159,— WLJ