East Lansing Marriott
East Lansing, MI
December 4-5, 1998


Friday, December 4, 1998

9:00 a.m. Tour - Michigan State University Farms, Livestock Pavilion, Anthony Hall, Meats Laboratory

Ron Bates and Maynard Hogberg

1:00 p.m. NSIF Directors Meeting

2:30 p.m. NSIF Caucus and Directors Election

Afternoon Session

3:00 p.m. Chair/Introductory Comments

Chris Leman, Lone Willow/USG, Roanoke, IL

3:05 p.m. The New STAGES

Jim Venner, National Swine Registry, West Lafayette, IN

3:55 p.m. RN Gene Update

Floyd McKeith, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

4:45 p.m. Animal Handling Techniques (Effect on PSE, Improvements in Packer Handling, Tips for Producers)

Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

5:35 p.m. Questions and Discussion

6:00 p.m. Dinner, on your own

7:00 p.m. Chair/Introductory Comments

Cynthia Wood, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

7:05 p.m. New Method for Accessing Connectedness Between Herds

Jacques Chesnais, Canadian Center for Swine Improvement, Ottawa, ONT

7:55 p.m. The Genetics of Disease Resistance in Swine

Max Rothschild, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

8:45 p.m. Questions and Discussion

9:00 p.m. Reception

Saturday, December 5, 1998

7:00 a.m. Breakfast and Committee Meetings

Morning Session

8:00 a.m. Chair/Introductory Comments

Russ Nugent, Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, AR

8:05 a.m. Line Speed Implementation of Various Pork Quality Measures

John Forrest, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

8:55 a.m. Results From Canada's Latest Carcass Quality Evaluations

Jacques Chesnais, Canadian Center for Swine Improvement, Ottawa, ONT

9:45 a.m. The Autofom - A Total Review

Duff George, Hatfield Quality Meats, Hatfield, PA

10:35 a.m. Questions and Discussion

10:50 a.m. Break

11:05 a.m. Chair/Introductory Comments

Matt Culbertson, Cotswold USA, Kansas, IL

11:10 a.m. NPPC Maternal Program Update/Economic Values of Meat Quality Traits

Rodney Goodwin, National Pork Producers Council, Des Moines, IA

11:55 a.m. Questions and Discussion

12:05 p.m. Lunch - Awards and Annual Meeting

Afternoon Session

1:15 p.m. Chair/Introductory Comments

John Mabry, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

1:20 p.m. Graduate Student Award Presentation

2:10 p.m. Investing in Genetics

Cynthia Wood, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

3:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion

3:10 p.m. Adjourn

3:15 p.m. NSIF Board of Directors Meeting

4:00 p.m. Tour - MSU Swine Facilities (Shower-in)

Ron Bates and Maynard Hogberg