The annual International Livestock Congress USA will convene 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 survey can be completed in five minutes or less, and responses are completely confidential.

“Envisioning 2020 — Preparing for Future Global Demand”is the topic of this year’s International Livestock Congress USA. 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
  • John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Company
  • Kevin Yon, Yon Family Farms                                   
  • Colin Woodall, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Pre-congress tours are set for Jan. 11. Cost of the conference is $175 per person or $100 for students, before Dec. 11,  and includes a continental breakfast, a buffet lunch and grounds admittance to the National Western Stock Show. Go to to register online.