ABBA TO HOST BIF EVENTS IN HOUSTON

Houston -- The 44th Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and annual meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston on April 18 20, 2012. This year's meeting is hosted by Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Animal Science and the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA). The symposium's focus is the impact of Bos indicus genetics in the U.S.

The symposium will hold an opening night reception and will include presentations on the influence of Bos indicus genetics in the global beef industry on the evening of Wednesday, April 18.

The symposium will also host a variety of events on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, including presentations on current beef issues, committee sessions to discuss current research, an educational event hosted by the American Breeds Coalition, and the Seedstock and Commercial Producer Award nominees will be announced. For a more detailed list of events, refer to the attached schedule.

Registration for the event is $185, but will increase to $285 after March 25. Rooms can be reserved at a rate of $119 per night. Those who choose to remain in Houston over the weekend have the choice of three optional bus tours to South Central and Gulf Coast ranches for an additional cost of $50.

The American Brahman Breeders Association is proud to co-host the 2012 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and annual meeting. To register for the 2012 BIF meeting, go to agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter Beef Improvement. For hotel information and to book a room call 1-800-627-6461.

For more information on the BIF, contact Joe C. Paschal at 361-265-9203, j-paschal@tamu. edu, or Chris Shivers 713-349-0854, chivers@brahman.org.







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