Fall Focus 2015 Educational Session Schedule

Confidence Builds Success

September 14, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Jackie Atkins

Our mission is to arm seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen with information to confidently make genetic selection decisions, market their product, promote the beef industry, and plan for future generations.  The information from this session will help seedstock and commercial cattle operations build and maintain a competitive enterprise.

7:00 – 7:30 Packet pick up and Registration

7:30 – 7:45 Welcome ~ Bob Lanting, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, American Simmental Association

7:45 – 8:00 Opening Comments ~ Russell Redding, PA Secretary of Agriculture

8:00 – 9:30 Nuts and Bolts of Genetic Improvement: Understanding the Genetic Model, Predicting Genetic Levels, and Leveraging the Information to Increase Commercial Profitability ~ Drs. Wade Shafer, Lauren Hyde, and Jackie Atkins, American Simmental Association

9:30 - 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:00 Crossbreeding for Seedstock and Commercial Producers ~ Dr. Gordon Jones, Red Hill Farms

11:00 – 12:00 Perspectives on Designing Genetics and Bull Selection for Seedstock Breeders, Commercial Cattlemen and Show Ring Enthusiasts ~ Dr. Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Becoming a Confident Beef Advocate ~ Daren Williams, NCBA

1:30 - 2:30 A Bigger Piece of the Pie: Creating Market Share for SimGenetic Cattle ~ Ben Williamson, Penn State

2:30 – 3:30 The Value of SimGenetics to Retail Carcass– a New York case study ~ Dr. Michael Baker, Cornell

3:30 – 4:00 Break

4:00 – 5:00 Keep/Cull Decisions for a Successful Operation ~ Dr. Alex White, Virginia Tech and A. White Enterprises

5:00 Wrap up

6:00 Host dinner and speaker provided by the PSA

Crafting the 2014 Farm Bill through the Legislative Process ~ Congressman Frank Lucas