Schedule of Events

Day 1: Monday – September 24, 2018

Congress participants arrive DFW Airport

-Shuttle service provided from airport to Congress headquarters hotel

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1:00pm – 5:00pm

Registration at Congress HQ Hotel
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5:00pm

Cocktail party@ ML Leddy’s Saddle & Western Store

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6:00pm

Delegates purchase dinner on their own in Stockyards

Day 2: Tuesday – September 25, 2018

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6:00am

Breakfast provided for registered Hyatt guests, Courtyard guests must purchase

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6:45am

Load buses, Depart Hotel Headquarters for Red River Ranch

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9:00am

Red River Ranch Tour, presented by Greg Burden (Grand Saline, Texas)

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10:30am

Load buses, Depart for Black Oak Ranch and K5 Rafter Top Simmentals, snacks and waters provided on buses

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11:00am

Black Oak Ranch and K5 Rafter Top Simmentals Tour, presented by Kenneth and Ronda Airheart (Mineola, Texas)

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12:30pm

Load buses, Depart for Pine Ridge Ranch, sack lunch provided on buses

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2:00pm

Pine Ridge Ranch Tour, presented by Bill and Jane Travis and Diane Travis-Jolly (Athens, Texas)

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3:30pm

Load buses, Depart for Hotel Headquarters

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5:00pm

Arrive at Hotel Headquarters from Ranch Tours

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6:45pm

Groups leaves Hotel Headquarters, participants walk to           Joe T. Garcia´s at 2201 N Commerce St.

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7:00pm

Evening meal at Joe T Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

Day 3: Wednesday – September 26, 2018

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7:00am

Breakfast provided at Hyatt for registered guests

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7:30am

Group Leaves from Hyatt/Courtyard to walk to River Ranch

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8:00AM

Sponsor Booths open at River Ranch

World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Board Meeting, Formal Section

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9:00AM

Accompanying Delegates Leave from Hotel Headquarters for Tour of Fort Worth Historical Stockyards and Shopping

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10:00AM

Board Meeting Break, River Ranch

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10:15AM

Board Meeting Resumes Formal Section, River Ranch

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12:00PM

Accompanying Delegates Return to River Ranch for lunch

Lunch at River Ranch

Walt Roberts, Welcome from Texas Department of Agriculture

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1:00PM

Accompanying Delegates Leave for Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Board Meeting, Technical Section

 

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3:15PM

Break, Adjourn Technical Section Board Meetings

Accompanying Participants Return to River Ranch

 

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3:30PM

Dr. Wade Schafer, Executive Vice President, American Simmental Association 

“The Vision of the American Simmental Association”

 

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4:30PM

Conference of The Americas Meeting

 

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5:30PM

Adjourn Meetings, Return to Hotels

 

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6:15PM

Participants Leave from Hyatt/Courtyard to walk to River

 

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6:30PM

Ranch Dinner and Entertainment at River Ranch

Acoustic Concert with Sonny Burgess and Jolie Holliday

 

Day 4: Thursday – September 27, 2018

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7:00am

Breakfast provided for registered Hyatt guests, Courtyard guests must purchase

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7:30am

Group Leaves from Hyatt/Courtyard to walk to River Ranch

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8:00AM

Sponsor Booths open at River Ranch

Welcome, Opening Session

Fred Schuetze, World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation President

 

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8:15AM

Dr. Bruce Golden, Co-Founder and CEO, Theta Solutions, LLC

“The Design of BOLT for Multi-Breed Single Step Genetic Evaluation Enhanced by Genomics for the American Simmental Association”

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9:00am

Accompanying Delegates Leave Hotel Headquarters for Clerk Fork Mall

Dr. Joe Paschal, Beef Cattle Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

“Education, Use of Genomic Enhanced Single Step EPD´s for Selection”

 

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9:30AM

Dr. John Paterson, Territory Manager, Neogen Genomics and Emeritus Professor for Montana State University

“How to Use Genomic Enhanced EPD´s at the Ranch for Selection”

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10:00aM

Break, Visit Sponsor Booths

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10:30AM

Dr. Joseph (Nader) Deeb, Technical Director of Genetics and Genomics, Sexing Technologies

“Genomics and All Good Things”

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11:00AM

Matt Barten, Embrion, LLC

“Technological Advancement of Genomic Testing of Embryos PRior to Freezing and Implantation to Enhance Genetic Superiority”

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11:30AM

Lunch, River Ranch for Presentation Delegates

Lunch, Clear Fork Mall for Accompanying Delegates

 

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12:30PM

Sponsors Offer Brief Presentations

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1:00PM

Dr. Mark Allan, Director of Genetic Technology, Trans Ova Genetics

“Development of Local and Global Data Bases for Genetic Evaluation, What Have We Learned from the Dairy Industry”

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1:30PM

Panel of Speakers, Question and Answer Period

Accompanying Delegates load vans for Rod Patrick Bootmakers

 

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1:45PM

Accompanying Delegates Arrive for Cocktail Reception at Rod Patrick Bootmakers

 

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2:30PM

Closing Session

Fred Schuetze, World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation President

PJ Budler, Global Livestock Solutions

 

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2:45PM

Accompanying Delegates Depart for River Ranch

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3:00PM

Accompanying Delegates Arrive at River Ranch

Cocktail Hour, Sponsor Recognition Front Lawn of River Ranch

 

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4:00PM

Delegates Return to Hotels to Change for Gala Evening

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5:30PM

Load Buses, Depart for Gala Evening at Buzzard Hollow Ranch

  **note: High Heels not recomended

 

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6:15PM

Arrive at Buzzard Hollow Ranch

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6:30PM

Entertainment by Jimmy Bramlett

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7:30PM

Dinner, Buzzard Hollow Ranch Gala Evening

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10:00PM

Load Buses, Depart for Hotel Headquarters

Day 5: Friday – September 28, 2018

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8:00am

Breakfast provided for registered Hyatt guests, Courtyard guests must purchase, Participants may also purchase breakfast in the Stockyards

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10:00am

Cattle Show Starts, Fort Worth Historical Stockyards  (121 East Exchange Avenue)

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12:00PM

Delegates have lunch on their own in the Stockyards

Supreme Champion Drive

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1:00PM

“Welcome to the World” Sale, Fort Worth Historical Stockyards (121 East Exchange Avenue)

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6:00PM

Move to Billy Bobs, The World’s Largest Dance Hall & Saloon

Concert by Chris Knight  (2520 Rodeo Plaza)

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10:00pm

Move to Billy Bobs, the world’s largest Dance hall & saloon

Day 6: Saturday – September 29, 2018

Flights depart for home or post-Congress tour in Las Vegas from Dallas-Fort Worth airport. 

Self-booked transportation back to the airport.

 

 

Congress Post-Tour

LAS VEGAS

Depart for post congress tour to Las Vegas Nevada

       *Travel agent to book separate from Congress

GRAND CANYON

Tour of Grand Canyon

*Travel agent to book separate from Congress

Depart for Home

Monday – October 1, 2018

Thank you and have a safe trip back home!!!

Ladies Program

Tuesday – September 25, 2018:

Option to attend Farm Tours

Wednesday – September 26, 2018:

9:00 AM     Leave from Hotel Headquarters for Tour of Fort Worth Historical Stockyards and Shopping

12:00 PM    Return to River Ranch for Lunch

1:00 PM      Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

3:15 PM       Return to River Ranch

Thursday – September 27, 2018:

9:00 AM     Leave Hotel Headquarters for Clear Fork Mall

11:30 AM     Lunch, Clear Fork Mall

1:30  PM     Load Vans for Rod Patrick Bootmakers

1:45 PM      Arrive for Cocktail Reception at Rod Patrick Bootmakers

2:45 PM     Depart for River Ranch

3:00 PM     Arrive at River Ranch

Speakers

Dr. Joe Paschal

Professor & Livestock Specialist Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

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  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi
  • Undergraduate Education
  • B.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
  • Graduate Education
  • M.S. in Animal Science, Texas A&M University
  • Ph.D. in Animal Breeding, Texas A&M University

Awards:

  • Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas President’s Council Award (2012)
  • State Specialist of the Year in Agriculture presented by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association (2013)
  • Dr. Joe C. Paschal (pronounced PASS-skull) is the Texas AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist stationed at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi serving 37 counties in Extension districts 11 (Gulf Coast) and 12 (South Texas).
  • Paschal is a member of the animal breeding and genetics section in the Department of Animal Science and of the graduate faculty at Texas A&M University. He is also an external professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He earned his bachelor’s (1977) and master’s (1982) degrees in animal science and doctorate in animal breeding (1986) from Texas A&M University.
  • Paschal assists County Extension Agents in conducting, developing and evaluating educational and applied research activities in livestock in Extension districts 11 and 12 in South Texas. His work and interests include animal breeding and genetics, reproduction, nutrition, management and marketing.

In addition to his regional programming responsibilities, Paschal works closely with the Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association Bull Gain and Heifer Development Program and is responsible for collecting and compiling the data for the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) Carcass Merit Program and the Santa Gertrudis Breeders Association (SGBI) National Steer Feedout Program.

Paschal’s recent awards include the ABBA “Brahman Friend of the Year” (2003), the SGBI “Service Industry Award” (2008), and the Texas AgriLife Specialist Award (2009).

Dr. John Patterson

Neogen Genomics

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Montana, Idaho, Wyoming Dr. John Paterson Bozeman, MT

He received his Ph.D. in beef cattle nutrition from the University of Nebraska,  and from 1979 to 1993 was on the faculty of the Animal Science.

Department at the University of Missouri. He was a beef extension.

Specialist at Montana State University and later executive director of education for the National Cattlemen’s Association. John has received numerous industry awards from the American Society of Animal Science, including the Pfizer Animal Health National.

Extension Award and the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Bruce Golden

Co Founder, CEO & President Theta Solutions LLC

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Prior to founding Theta Solutions, Bruce was the Chief Executive Officer of a biomedical instrument technology company he founded after a 19-year career on the faculty at Colorado State University where he was a full professor of animal breeding and genetics. Dr. Golden has also been on the faculty as a Department Head at Cal Poly, SLO where he innovated novel graduate degree programs and raised substantial funds through research and advancement. Dr. Golden’s research and service to industry have resulted in numerous awards and publications including a series of patents related to animal identification and diagnostic instruments. While at Colorado State he was the founder of the Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock, a provider of genetic evaluations for breed organizations and breeding companies worldwide. He has extensive international experience in livestock production including working in China, Brazil, Venezuela, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and Australia. Dr. Golden attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where he received both Bachelor of Science and Master degrees in Animal Science. Dr. Golden received his Doctorate degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Matt Barten

Technological Advancement in Genomic Testing, of Embryo’s Prior to Freezing and Implantation, to Enhance Genetic Superiority

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Matt has multiple degrees ranging from animal science to medical diagnostic imaging. Upon completion of his medical ultrasound training in 2002 he pursued work performing large animal sonography and fetal sexing for veterinarians in a multi state area, something he still does on a limited basis today. This lead to the formation of Bluestem Embryo Transfer Center (BETC) in 2007, a company started with his brother Casey Barten DVM.

Seeing a quickly evolving opportunity in the realm of genomics Matt exited BETC in 2014 and formed Embruon, LLC. At that time the services offered were very limited but have continued to grow as advances in genomic technology are made available.

Mark F. Allan

Director of Genetic Technology at Trans Ova Genetics

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Dr. Mark F. Allan presently serves as the Director of Genetic Technology for Trans Ova Genetics, Sioux Center, Iowa. 

In this role he oversees R&D for genetics, genetic marketing opportunities and new product development activities. Early career established himself with expertise in livestock industry production. First in the beef industry working directly with purebred/commercial cow-calf production.

He returned to graduate school at the University of Nebraska and studied mouse models to understand the genetic basis of energy metabolism and response of correlated traits in livestock species.

Dr. Allan served as a Research Geneticist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (2003-2008) in Clay Center, Neb.

At USMARC served as a member of the team of scientists that brought the first bovine 50K genomic chip to market. 

From (2008-2011) served as the Associate Director of Global Technical Services for Pfizer Animal Health-Genetics.  

Mark has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including being named as one of the “Top Ten Industry Leaders Under 40” by Cattle Business Weekly and receiving the Trail Blazers Teachers and Researchers honor from the American Angus Association.  

Mark has also been honored by the University of Nebraska, having accepted the Milton Mohr Teaching Fellowship Award and the Jon Holling Distinguished Teaching Award. 

Additionally, from 2006-2011 he served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Nebraska Animal Science Department.  Mark has given numerous invited symposium talks in North America and abroad.  

Dr. Wade Shafer

EVP, American Simmental Association

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Wade Shafer, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, American Simmental Association

Wade Shafer grew up in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, on Shoestring Ranch, a small seedstock operation.  Shafer completed his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at North Dakota State University, followed by a master’s and a doctorate in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University.

While at Colorado State, Shafer did extensive work in the area of bio-economic simulation modeling.  Following his formal education, he expanded Shoestring Ranch to over 500 cows, with cooperator herds representing another 500+ cows.  The ranch sold up to 200 bulls annually.

After selling his cow herd, Shafer joined the Simmental team as the director of breed improvement for the American Simmental Association (ASA) in 2003; in 2011, he accepted the position of ASA’s chief operations officer.  After Dr. Lipsey’s retirement in 2013, Shafer now serves as executive vice president of ASA.

Joseph (Nader) Deeb

EVP, American Simmental Association

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Livestock reproductive services innovator Sexing Technologies has bolstered its research program by hiring genetics expert Joseph
Deeb, Ph.D., Technical Director of Genetics and Genomics for Sexing Technologies.

In his new position, Dr. Deeb will help grow the company’s already top-flight Research and Development Team, expand ST’s genomics research program and facilitate implementation of R&D advances into the company’s commercial operations. He will also focus on utilizing genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and statistical tools to continue to improve the accuracy of estimated genomic breeding values and explore new technologies and their applications across beef, dairy and porcine animals.

Dr. Deeb received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in Quantitative Genetics from The Hebrew University as well before completing his post-doctoral work in Molecular Genetics at Iowa State University. Prior to joining ST, Dr. Deeb was Genomics Research Manager at Genus plc for 14
years.

Dr. Deeb will be based at ST’s corporate headquarters in Navasota, Texas.

Contact for Mexico, Central & South America

Denisse Almaguer Wong

Phone

+52 1 (81) 1801 9746

eMail

denissealmaguer@gmail.com

Contact for Canada, Europe & Australia

Stacy Felkar

Phone

+1 (780) 222-4990

eMail

stacyfelkar@townsquareconsulting.ca

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