Producer input sought for International Livestock Congress

The annual International Livestock Congress USA (ILC) will convene Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver. In preparation for the event, organizers are asking cattle producers to outline some of their short-term strategies of beef cattle managers. Results will be used to help frame a panel discussion about balancing costs and expenses in the cow-calf business. The panel will include John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Company, Nebraska; Kevin Yon, Yon Family Farms, South Carolina; and Butch Bratsky, Stockman Banks, Montana.

The survey can be completed in five minutes or less, and responses are completely confidential. We need your input!!! Click here to participate: (

Envisioning 2020 – Preparing for Future Global Demand is the topic of this year’s ILC. The keynote speaker will be Richard Brown, London, England, partner in GIRA Euroconsulting. GIRA is a French-based international organization which offers strategic marketing consultancy and research throughout the food industry. Brown will provide summary projections and analysis of the global beef industry based on the general economic outlook of the global financial system and global market developments.

Other speakers at this year’s ILC include: Wesley Batista, JBS Swift; Erin Daley, U.S. Meat; Export Federation; Greg Bloom, Colorado Meat Packers; Rob Shuey, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Jeff Simmons, Elanco Animal Health; Randy Blach, CattleFax; and Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Pre-Congress tours set for Monday, Jan. 11, will include stops at the JBS Swift meat packing plant in Greeley, Colo. and the Colorado State University Grow Safe System near Ft. Collins. Another tour within the Denver-area will feature the King Soopers Case-Ready beef processing facility and the NCBA’s new products development center.

Cost of the ILC is $175/person or $100/student before Dec. 11, 2009 and includes a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch, the Flavor of Beef Tasting reception and admittance to the National Western Stock Show. Tours are $45/person before Dec. 11 and $65/person after Dec 11. ILC is sponsored by the International Stockmen’s educational Foundation (ISEF).

Go to for lodging information and to register on-line. For more details contact Clint Peck, Montana’s director of Beef Quality Assurance and 2010 ILC co-chair at 406-896-9068 or


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