Welcome to Texas! We are excited to host the 2014 Five Nations Beef Alliance Meeting & Tour in South Texas! We have beef leaders from Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Paraguay and Brazil with us for an exciting and educational week.
We kicked off today with a Young Leader’s luncheon for the young leaders from each country. It was interesting to learn about the backgrounds of each of the participants and gain insight into each of their respective beef industries. The differences in each of our supply chains is fascinating and we look forward to learning more over the next week.
On the agenda for the week are tours of different segments of the US beef production system. We will tour the world famous and historic King Ranch on Monday, as well as touring McFaddin enterprises, the home of NCBA President Bob McCan. On Tuesday, we will tour Graham Land & Cattle as well as a visit to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. Our tours will wrap up on Wednesday with visits to Capitol Land & Livestock, 44 Farms and a final stop at HEB Supermarket.
The remainder of the week will be dedicated to the business portion of FNBA. As young leaders, we have been granted the opportunity to observe the leaders of the global beef industry at work as they formulate policy.
We hope that this week will paint a picture of the US cattle industry for you and we can find common ground between our countries and learn from one and another.
Welcome to the United States!
Margaret Ann Smith & J.W. Wood
NCBA Young Beef Leaders