National Swine Improvement Federation

Conference and Annual Meeting

Des Moines Marriott Hotel

Des Moines, IA

November 16-17, 1999



Tuesday, November 16, 1999


7:00 a.m.                                  NSIF Board of Directors Meeting


10:00 a.m.                                Welcome to the Quality Lean Growth Modeling Symposium


10:15 a.m.                                Individual Pig Feed Intake Evaluation

Dr. Rodger Johnson, University of Nebraska


11:00 a.m.                                Economic lessons from growth, carcass and feed intake data

Dr. Mike Tokach, Kansas State University


11:45 a.m.                                Questions


12:00 p.m.                                Lunch


1:00 p.m.                                  Valuing market pigs by carcass components

Dr. Hal Sellers, National Pork Producers Council


1:45 p.m.                                  Use of Fat-Free Lean prediction equations for determining production end points.

Dr. Tom Baas, Iowa State University


2:30 p.m.                                  Questions


3:00 p.m.                                  Break


3:15 p.m.                                  Results of Bacon Production

Dr. Roger Mandigo, University of Nebraska


4:30 p.m.                                  Questions


5:00 p.m.                                  Break for dinner on your own.


7:00 - 9:00 p.m.                       NSIF Roundtable Discussion and Reception

Pork Quality: The Future of Quality Measurements,

Important Quality Traits, Payment for Quality

Moderator: Dr. Jim Schneider, Babcock Swine


Wednesday, November 17, 1999


8:00 a.m.                                  Results of Consumer Preference Trials for Loins

Dr. Steven Moeller, Ohio State University


8:45 a.m.                                  Results of Consumer Preference Trials for Fresh Ham

Dr. Rhonda Miller, Texas A&M Unviersity


9:30 a.m.                                  Questions


10:00 a.m.                                Break


10:15 a.m.                                Value of Fresh Loin Quality Traits for producers and processors

Dr. Rodney Goodwin, National Pork Producers Council


10:45 a.m.                                Value of Ham and Bacon quality traits for producers and processors

Dr. Rhonda Miller, Texas A&M University


11:15 a.m.                                Questions


11:45 a.m.                                Adjourn Quality Lean Growth Modeling Symposium II


12:00 p.m.                                NSIF Annual Awards Banquet


1:15 p.m.                                  NSIF Graduate Student Award, Research Presentation

Bradley Isler, Ohio State University


1:45 p.m.                                  Genetics of Boar Taint:  Implications for the Future use of Intact Males

Dr. James Squires, University of Guelph


2:25 p.m.                                  New Technologies in Animal Breeding

Dr. Jack Dekkers, Iowa State University


3:05 p.m.                                  Break


3:15 p.m.                                  Challenges in the Competition for the Consumer Dollar: A Beef Cattleman’s Perspective

                                                Mr. David Nichols, Managing Partner, Nichols Farms,

                                                Bridewater, IA


4:00 p.m.                                  Adjourn National Swine Improvement Federation Annual



4:00 – 4:30 p.m.                       NSIF Board of Directors Meeting