February 18, 2018

International Livestock Congress

The International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation hosts the International Livestock Congress, February 28 – March 1, 2018, in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, in Houston, Texas.  The 2018 Congress themes address Science-based Strategies for Meat in the Diet and New Perspectives on Global Trade in response to recent calls for reduced meat consumption, and the rapidly changing world trade landscape.

The Congress will feature 2 keynote addresses, presentations by subject matter experts, and 2 participant panels to clarify priorities and next action steps for the livestock industries.

The first day of The Congress will kick off with Nina Teicholz, NY Times best seller author of “The Big Fat Surprise.” Teicholz will review the latest science-based evidence for meat consumption.  David Klurfeld, National Program Leader, USDA Agricultural Research Service, will discuss the value of animal source foods in the diet, as well as his experience with a WHO working group to evaluate meat’s probability to function as a carcinogen.  Hawley Poinsett of the Texas Beef Council will discuss the health care community’s understanding of the impact of animal protein in human health, and Jamie Greenheck, Fleishman Hillard, will propose a strategy for the livestock industry to manage consumer misinformation related to nutrient-deficient alternatives to animal source foods.  The session will conclude with panel and audience discussion to develop livestock industries’ strategic priorities for the future to better communicate the nutritional value of animal protein.

Dan Halstrom, President and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation will introduce the second day’s topic in addressing international beef trade as a cornerstone of the US beef industry.  Joel Haggard, Senior Vice President of USMEF will review the current status and opportunities surrounding China’s importation of beef.  Keith Belk, Professor at Colorado State University will explore the challenges presented for export trade by use of production technologies such as growth promotants.  In a session to address current threats, Hannah Thompson of Animal Agricultural Alliance will discuss management of activist threats, and Molly McAdams of Om3 will address technologies and innovations that the beef industry should embrace. In her presentation, Lisa Keefe of Meatingplace will offer her take on the future of meat alternatives.  The closing panel session will address actions that enhance U.S. export markets and disruptive challenges and opportunities for the livestock industries.

More information is available at the conference website.