The International Beef Alliance includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. Together, the Cattle Council of Australia, Associação dos Criadores de Mato Grosso, Associação Nacional dos Confinadores de Brasil, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Asociación Rural de Paraguay, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, represent producers from countries that account for 46% of global beef cattle production and 63% of global beef exports.
The Five Nations Beef Alliance had its 2014 Conference and Tour in Texas last week (October 4-10).
It was a successful event hosted by the Alliance's United States member, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).
The program included a tour of several cattle operations in south Texas and a two day conference. Delegates, including young leaders, from the five country members and special guests from Brazil and Paraguay were in attendance.
The event began in Corpus Christi, Texas with a FNBA CEO Meeting in the morning and the official Opening Session in the afternoon.
Tours to the legendary King Ranch, McFaddin Enterprises and Graham Land and Cattle Company allowed the participants to picture the cattle industry in South Texas.
Visits to Sexing Technologies, Capitol Land and Livestock, 44 Farms, H.E.B. store and Texas Beef Council in Central Texas followed.
The three days tour set the stage for the FNBA two days General Session meetings outside of Austin, Texas at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. Global Beef Markets and Trends by Brett Stuart opened the session. Lively discussions followed on important issues for the global beef industry such as Sustainability, Engagement in Codex Alimentarius, Young Leaders Development and Trade. The Conference concluded with a joint statement for a strong and ambitious outcome in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
Another highlight of this conference was the acceptance of two new members in an Observer Status. The "Asociacion Rural del Paraguay", Paraguayan cattlemen's Association, represented by its President Dr. German Ruiz and its Vice President Carlos Pereira and ACRIMAT (Associacao dos Criadores de Mato Grosso), Cattle Producers Association of Mato Grosso of Brazil, represented by its CEO Luciano Vacary and Miguel Cavalcanti, presented an overview of their respective cattle industries and organizations. These two new organizations will participate as Observers in the Alliance for one year. At the end of this period, at next year's conference, FNBA and them will evaluate their participation and will decide if they will become full members.
The "Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas" (CNOG) offered to host the 2015 FNBA Conference and Tour in Mexico.