The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has been working for 50 years to develop, interpret and communicate the genetic technology that helps beef producers breed better cattle. Participants on the 2014 BIF tour to Circle 5 Feedyard, the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and GeneSeek saw state-of-the-art technology and breeding programs in action.
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1. Sun shades
Circle 5 Feedlot at Henderson, NE, uses a variety of feeding, management and marketing technologies, including sun shades in some pens.
2. Comparing notes
Tour participants had plenty of time to compare notes and opinions during the 2014 Beef Improvement Federation tour. This conversation took place at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center at Clay Center, NE.
3. Ammo bunkers
The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center began as a Navy ammunition facility during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Around 400 ammo storage bunkers are still in existence on the facility.
4. Nutrition research
During the tour of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, BIF attendees got to see and learn about some of the beef cattle nutrition research that scientists are conducting.
5. South African cattlemen
The Beef Improvement Federation meeting was truly an international affair. This group traveled from South Africa to attend.
6. Genetic research
Mark Thallman (left center), one of the geneticists at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, describes the genetic prediction evaluation research the facility has been conducting for many years. In all, 18 breeds are part of the research.
7. Research herd
The genetic prediction evaluation research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center has been on-going for several decades. The research herd consists of more than 7,000 cows.
8. Shady cattle
Among the feedyard research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center is a look at the effect of shade on cattle performance. These two-tiered shade structures provide double shade for most of the day and more intense shade in one place at mid-day.
Stewart Bauck (center) general manager at GeneSeek, welcomed the BIF group to the company's brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Lincoln, NE. The group saw every step in the process of finding genomic information.
10. Genomic science and technology
Technology and science come together in spades at the new GeneSeek facility in Lincoln. NE. BIF tour attendees saw the path that a sample takes from arrival to final genomic information.
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