Researchers, producers and industry stakeholders focused on genetic improvement of beef cattle gathered last week in Sacramento, Calif., for the 41st Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium. 

This year’s meeting focused on the progress that has been made in DNA selection technologies just in the last year. Researchers and participants alike recognized the potential that genome selection could have for the U.S. beef industry, but also stressed that more research and validation should be a priority to move the technology forward. As a sign of the times and the current economic environment, the other key meeting theme focused on defining and improving efficiency in beef production systems. During the program, BIF recognized several award winners including this year’s seedstock and commercial producers of the year. Champion Hill Inc., of Bidwell, Ohio, and Harrell Hereford Ranch of Baker City, Ore., were recognized as the 2009 Seedstock Producers, while JHL Ranch, Ashby, Neb. received the award for the commercial category.