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NATIONAL WESTERN TO HOST INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CONGRESS

Denver – The National Western Stock Show will host the 2007 International Livestock Congress – USA (ILC-USA) Jan. 9 in Denver. The ILC is hosted in partnership with the International Stockmen's Educational Foundation and the National Cattlemen's Foundation.

“As the global economy continues to propel the beef industry into the world marketplace, producers are realizing that their day-to-day decisions go beyond their county line, state line and national borders,” said National Western president and CEO Pat Grant. “The 2007 International Livestock Congress, “Global Beef: Thinking Beyond the Fence,” gives producers, ranchers, retailers, packers and other industry suppliers real tools to make decisions for tomorrow.”

Highlights of the event include a packer panel with representatives from Swift, Tyson and Cargill Meat Solutions; a producer panel with representatives from the cow-calf and feedlot segment and the export and auction market segment; a hands-on program showing producers where the various cuts come from, why certain cuts are exported, and a comparison of values, i.e. the Flat-Iron Steak and the Tri-Trip, a discussion on grid pricing based on carcass merit; workshops on age and source verification, additional methods of adding value to the ranch (wildlife, fishing, birding etc.), disease prevention, drought management and risk management.

The Animal Identification Trailer from Montana State University, demonstrations from Colorado State University students and staff and the Beef Quality Assurance Display from Oklahoma State University will also be on hand.

The ILC-USA is held at Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, 303-399-7500. A special room rate of $87US has been secured for conference attendees who specify ILC-USA. The cost of registration is $150 through Dec. 15 and $175 thereafter. Students may attend for $100. Registration includes the conference, grounds admission to the National Western, and all Jan. 9 evening activities, including a beef tasting experience and the Professional Bull Riders performance.

For schedule and registration information, visit TheISEF.com or call (303) 777-5662 or (817) 443-0686. Registration is limited, so prompt registrations are encouraged.

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