NWSS to host annual International Livestock Congress

Dec 18, 2009
by WLJ

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) will be hosting the prestigious International Livestock Congress-USA (ILC-USA) for the fourth consecutive year in 2010. Titled Envisioning 2010, Preparing for Future Global Demand, ILC-USA brings producers, retailers, packers and others in the industry supply chain to focus on the entire beef production process.

This year’s program will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel near the NWSS grounds.

This year’s program focuses on information designed to educate the producer about the direct impact of global beef issues to their local market and management practices. The 2010 program will be chaired by Clint Peck, director of Beef Quality Assurance at Montana State University, and Van Ricketts, director, Sure Health and Corporate Accounts for Merial.

The International Stockmen’s Education Foundation (ISEF) works to partner with established livestock events or organizations in furthering its mission to build global beef networks and focus on the emerging issues and challenges facing the beef industry from an international perspective.

Highlights of the event include an international trade panel with representatives from U.S. Meat Export Federation, Colorado Meat Packers and Tyson Foods, and a production survey panel with representatives from two large cow/calf operations, a member of the agricultural finance industry, as well as a political update from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) executive director of legislative affairs, Colin Woodall. For the closing, Wesley Batista, president and CEO of JBS, will provide a global look at the beef industry.

Another element of the ILC-USA is the Student Travel Fellowship Program presented by ISEF. The fellowship program allows 12 students from around the world to take part in the ILC-USA and a career workshop concentrating on their futures in the industry. ISEF focuses on cultivating and encouraging future thought leaders of the industry by providing an interactive real-world environment and experience to senior- or graduate-level students from universities around the world through the fellowship program.

Two optional Pre-Congress tours are offered on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. Tour one will visit the JBS packing plant in Greeley, CO, and the Colorado State University GrowSafe System at the Agricultural Research, Development and Extension Center. Tour two will visit the King Soopers’ retail case-ready processing plant with a second stop at the at the NCBA headquarters to learn more about beef innovations, new cut development, and other cutting edge programs designed to enhance the value and marketability of beef.

The cost of the conference is $195 for a single registration. Student registrations are available for $125. Pre conference tour prices are $65. To register for the ILC- USA, visit www.theisef.com to register online with a credit card. For more information, call 303-299-5566.

The ILC-USA 2010 will be held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, 303/399-7500. A special room rate of $99 has been reserved for ILC at the hotel. For reservations, contact the hotel at 800/228- 9290 and mention the International Livestock Congress or visit www.denverrenaissance.com and input ILCIL- CA in the group code section.

ILC-USA is produced and sponsored in part by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, NWSS and ISEF.— WLJ