The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association took notice of the Tyson Foods Inc. purchase of IBP.

The poultry giant is purchasing IBP for $30 a share in cash and stock, for a total of $3.2 billion. Tyson also will assume $1.5 billion of IBP debt.

The sale was announced Monday.

"NCBA is intensely interested in the recent announcement that IBP Inc. has accepted Tyson Foods Inc. bid to purchase the company,” an NCBA release stated. “Activities surrounding IBP, as the largest beef processor worldwide, are important to the beef industry's continued success in increasing beef demand. While Tyson has been very successful processing and marketing poultry, beef is unique and we are interested in the company's vision for the beef industry.

"We recommend five areas for consideration for any merger: A positive corporate culture for a smooth management transition; Good relationships with producers, labor and customers; A strong financial portfolio for the company; A vision for the beef industry consistent with the Industry Long Range Plan as developed by an industry-wide planning committee; and a competitive market structure for fair and open markets for live cattle."