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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7:00pm

Cocktail party@ ML Letty’s Saddle & Western Store

Day 2: Tuesday – September 25, 2018

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6:00am

Breakfast

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6:30am

Depart HQ Hotel for ranch tours =Sack Lunch provided=
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5:00pm

Return to HQ hotel from ranch tours
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7:00pm

Evening meal at Joe T Garcia’s Restaurant

Day 3: Wednesday – September 26, 2018

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6:00am - 7:00am

Breakfast

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8:00am - 10:00am

WSFF Board Meeting-Formal part
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9:00am

Online Exportable Embryo and semen sale starts
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10:00AM – 12:00PM

WSFF Board Meeting Technical

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12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch

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1:00PM – 5:00PM

Technical Meeting
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7:00PM – 9:00PM

Dinner

Day 4: Thursday – September 27, 2018

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6:00am - 7:00am

Breakfast

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8:00am - 10:00am

WSFF General Session

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10:00AM – 12:00PM

Technical meetings

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12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch

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1:00PM – 3:00PM

Conference of Americas Meeting

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4:00PM

Depart HQ Hotel for Gala at Buzzard Hollow Ranch

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5:00PM

Gala at Buzzard Hollow Ranch and Evening meal

Day 5: Friday – September 28, 2018

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6:00am - 7:00am

Breakfast

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10:00am

Online semen and embryo sale ends

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10:00AM – 5:00PM

Cattle Show

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6:00PM

Attend Rodeo

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10:00pm

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

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!!!

Speakers

Dr. Joe Paschal

Professor & Livestock Specialist Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

Resume

Office:

  • 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

Resume

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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  • Director of Marketing and Genomics – IowaLifeScience.com
  • Director of Marketing and Genomics – Info.Resource , Inc.
  • Research Geneticist for the Agricultural Research Service – U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Research Geneticist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service – U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

Education:

  • Doctorate University of Nebraska, master’s DegreeUniversity of Nebraska, undergraduate animal science degree University of Nebraska

Affiliations:

  • Member – Allan Fitting Service
  • Adjunct Faculty Member – University of Nebraska

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., as Director of Genomics Research.

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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