The Iowa Beef Center will be holding the Inaugural Genetic Symposium on December 18-19, 2023 in Ames, Iowa at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center on the Iowa State University campus.


Registration is now open. Deadline to register is Dec 11, 2023 extended to Dec 14.

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IBC Extension specialist Randie Culbertson has planned the event with a variety of learning opportunities from various speakers.

Culbertson said there is an exciting lineup of presenters, from leading geneticists in beef cattle, bull buyers, and breeders who use the tools available to make genetic improvements to their herds.

“This year’s genetic symposium will focus on the bull,” she said. “Understanding the tools available to you for genetic selection can help you choose the right bull for your operation. We will also have demonstrations on carcass ultrasound and bull development.”

Attendees will be able to hear from a bull stud panel, a keynote speaker on bull buying, and a producer panel that focuses on bull selection from a seedstock perspective. A fun evening activity includes a mock bull sale, after which the drivers for bidding and buying behavior will be broken down and discussed.

Symposium topics include:

  • Current events on genetic prediction
  • Bull fertility
  • Data collection
  • Adaptability and selection
  • Carcass ultrasound demonstration

Visit the Program page for full symposium details.


Gold sponsors

ABS Global
Butterfly Network
Select Sires Members Cooperative

Silver sponsors

Kent Nutrition Group
MRW Cattle Resources




Monday, December 18, 2023 – Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Registration check-in 12:00 pM, Monday, December 18.
Program begins at 1:00 pM and concludes at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, December 19.


Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
2508 Mortensen Rd
Ames, Iowa 50011


Randie Culbertson

Randie Culbertson
assistant professor and extension cow-calf specialist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

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Iowa Beef Center