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Improving Beef Cattle

01 July 2010

US - Stakeholders in the genetic improvement of beef cattle met in Columbia, Missouri, June 28 for a preconference tour and opening session of the 2010 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual symposium themed “Gateway to Profit.”

Tour-goers visited Sydenstricker Genetics Inc., Mexico; Circle A Feeders, a Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB)-licensed feedyard near Iberia; McBee Cattle Co., a Braunvieh seedstock herd near Fayette; and Warm Springs Ranch, home of the Budweiser Clydesdales. The tour concluded at the University of Missouri Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center for a presentation by Jerry Taylor on the process of genomic discovery.

A number of topics were discussed at the conference, among them was adding value to the weaned calf marketing system, retained ownership. end product marketing systems and how hair shedding rate may affect weaning weight.

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