National Beef Symposium Heads to Biloxi in 2015

A national organization dedicated to improving the beef industry will hold its annual meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June and bring together cattle producers from across the world.

The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Convention, themed “Rebuilding a Cowherd,” will take place June 9-12 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Conference Center in Biloxi. The annual conference allows participants to discuss issues involving genetic improvements, new technologies, and management practices to aid profitability in beef production.

Brandi Karisch, a Mississippi State University Extension Service animal scientist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is coordinating the event.

“This is a great opportunity for researchers, industry representatives and beef producers from across the Southeast to attend the international meeting in their backyard,” Karisch said. “Participants will exchange ideas and receive information from experts on beef cattle and the industry from across the country and beyond.”

The schedule of events features speakers from across the country, including several preconference symposiums, a post-conference tour, and a spouse tour. Awards will honor the Commercial Producer of the Year and Seedstock Producer of the Year. Award honorees will also receive pioneer awards and continuing service awards.

“The facilities, food and hospitality of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are second to none,” Karisch said. “We are excited to showcase what the beef producers of Mississippi have to offer.”

The organization’s website with updated conference information, including hotel accommodations, is