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International Livestock Congress set for March 4-5 in Houston

HOUSTON – The 2015 International Livestock Congress – USA will bring together an elite group of livestock and meat industry international leaders to discuss a variety of proactive strategies that address the ever-changing beef industry.

The ILC-USA will be held March 4-5, 2015, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas.

The International Livestock Congress is a unique global event hosted each year by the International Stockmen’s Education Foundation to discuss issues of international importance that affect the future of animal agriculture. This year’s program will feature make or break issues regarding “Providing Animal Protein to the World.”



“The ILC is unique in that it provides an environment where critical issues facing the beef industry are openly discussed among the global beef community. The future of the global beef industry is dependent on producers and industry leaders coming together and finding that common ground which is so important in moving our industry forward,” said Bo Reagan, Ph.D., chairman of the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation.

The 2015 ILC will be held at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where the original Congress was first held in 1986. In 2009, the ILC was moved to the National Western Livestock Show in Denver where the ILC was well received, Reagan said.



“The Board of Directors for the ISEF is proud to re-establish our partnership with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Moving the ILC back to Houston provides a great opportunity to attract new international clientele to this great event,” Reagan said.

The first day of the ILC will feature a presentation by Dr. Bernard Vallat, Director General of World Organisation for Animal Health. Vallat will discuss a new global alliance for a safer, fairer and more sustainable livestock sector. Following Vallat, Kevin Ochsner, Agcellerate, will moderate a panel discussion on global production and consumption of animal protein. Panel participants will include Francois LeGall, World Bank; Jimmy Smith, International Livestock Research Institute; Bruce Feinberg, McDonald’s Corporation; and Hsin Huang, International Meat Secretariat.

Todd Armstrong, Senior Director of Elanco Beef Operations, will open the discussion on day two. He will discuss using technology to provide animal protein. Next, Frank Mitloehner, University of California-Davis, will address sustainability of beef production systems. John Paterson, NCBA, will moderate the morning panel discussion on livestock production systems. Panel participants will include Jimmy Smith, ILRI; Arturo Llavallol, Sociedad Rural Argentina; and Joel Haggard, USMEF.

Concurrent sessions will be held the afternoon of March 5. Topics and speakers include:

• Are There International Markets for All Kinds of Beef? – Leann Saunders, Where Food Comes From, Inc.

• The Future of Agriculture in a Global Market – Paul Genho, Farm Management Co.

• Beef Quality/Safety/Sustainability in US Feedlots – Kevin Hazelwood, Cactus Feeders

• Antibiotic Resistance Issues and Solutions Facing the Beef Industry – H. Morgan Scott, Texas A&M University

• Will Salmonella Ever Be Treated as E. coli O157:H7? Should It? – Mohammad Koohmaraie, IEH Consulting

• Global Animal Protein Production Health Concerns – Sam Thesagayaman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

• Mandatory vs. Voluntary Animal Tracking Systems – John Clifford, CVO, USDA

All segments of the beef industry, both domestic and international, should plan on attending. The ILC in Houston will offer tremendous opportunity to interface with industry and government leaders worldwide, said Russell Cross, Ph.D, ISEF board member.

Cost to attend is $150. Student registration is $50. Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ILC .

A complete schedule of events can be found online at http://www.theisef.

Student program

Additionally, the ILC is complete with a student program in an effort to enhance the educational experiences of college students and strengthen the leaders of tomorrow’s livestock and meat industry.

“ISEF awards travel fellowships to senior level undergraduates and graduate students attending accredited colleges or universities from around the world. Students are invited to attend the ILC as well as a student career workshop and associated tours and activities,” Reagan said.

This prestigious fellowship includes airfare, ground transportation, hotel and scheduled meals for all selected students. Scholastic achievement, leadership experiences and professional references are all part of the stringent qualifying requirements for this fellowship.

Students may apply online at http://www.theisef.com/student-program-1.html. Deadline to apply is Dec. 16, 2014.

–International Livestock Congress


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