Educational programming to focus on improving maternal traits and efficiency.

March 11, 2024

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Registration is now open for the 2024 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention that will be hosted June 10-13 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Participants can save $50 if they register by May 1.

Full registration before May 1 is $250. This includes two and one-half days of educational programming focused on improving maternal traits and efficiency. It also includes the Welcome Reception on Monday evening, lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and an off-site social with dinner on Tuesday evening. The student early bird rate is $200.

Monday, June 10, kicks off with the Young Producer Symposium at 1 p.m. followed by the Welcome and Scholarship Reception. Monday evening a Feeder Cattle Panel will focus on capturing value of improved genetics and health in feeder cattle production.

Tuesday’s general session will focus on “Building a better cow” and will include presentations by Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri; Dr. Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky; Dr. Rick Machen, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management; Dr. Bob Weaber, Kansas State University; and Dr. Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University.

Wednesday’s general session theme will continue the theme of building maternal excellence and speakers will include Dr. Christine Baes, University of Guelph; Dr. Larry Kuehn, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; and Dr. Mike Coffey, Scotland’s Rural College.

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon technical breakout sessions will focus on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics.

For registration and more symposium details, including hotel information, visit

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