2013 BIF Symposium is June 12-15 in Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma State University (OSU), in collaboration with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), will host the 45th Annual BIF Research Symposium and Meeting June 12-15 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Themed “Where Profit and Progress Intersect,” this year’s program will bring together industry professionals, producers and researchers to discuss current issues facing the beef industry. Among those issues, speakers will tackle the crossbreeding vs. straightbreeding debate, as well as using genetic tools to address environmental challenges and cow herd efficiency.

The schedule boasts an array of speakers, socials and tours that promise to be exciting and informative. Special features include an Oklahoma Welcome Reception Wednesday evening, June 12, and a night out at the National Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame Thursday, June 13.

Participants can choose to tour northern or southern Oklahoma Saturday, June 15. The northern tour will feature the Oklahoma State Food & Agriculture Products Center and Oklahoma State Willard Sparks Beef Research Center, both at Stillwater; M&M Charolais, Perry; Pollard Angus, Enid; and Chain Ranch, Canton. The southern tour will visit the historic Oklahoma City Stockyards; Raber’s Saddlery, Colgate; the Noble Foundation, Ardmore; and Stuart Ranch, Waurika.

A complete schedule and links to online registration are available at www.BIFconference.com, the Angus Journal’s online coverage site for the event.

“We are anticipating a large turnout and hope that all of you will be there to promote the rich history and spirit of Oklahoma beef production,” says Megan Rolf, assistant professor of animal science at OSU and one of the symposium organizers.

Early registration is $250 and ends April 15, after which time registrations will still be accepted at a higher price.

Hotel rooms at the headquarters can be reserved in the BIF block at a reduced rate by contacting the hotel directly at 405-228-8000. Additional rooms at the same rate are available at the Courtyard Marriott by calling 405-232-2290, again asking for the BIF room rate.

For more information about the event, contact Rolf at 201h Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078; 405-744-9292; mrolf@okstate.edu; or Joe Cassady, BIF executive director at North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7621, Raleigh, NC 27695; or jpcassad@gmail.com.



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