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Montanans to participate in International Livestock Congress-2010

November 24, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Montana State University students and a Montana banker will join cattle industry professionals from around the world at the International Livestock Congress-2010 to be held Jan. 11 and 12 in Denver.

Tickets are being sold now for the ILC-2010, which will be held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show, said Clint Peck, ILC co-chairman and Montana's director of Beef Quality Assurance. This year's theme for the ILC is "Envisioning 2020 -- Preparing for Future Global Demand."

A delegation of students from MSU's Department of Animal and Range Science will join ILC-2010 student scholarship winners from nine nations, Peck said. The students will share a special set of programs with the Five-Nations Young Ranchers representing the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.

Butch Bratsky, senior banking executive for Stockman Bank-Billings, will be part of a panel discussion about balancing costs and expenses in the cow-calf business. He will be joined by John Maddux of the Maddux Cattle Company in Imperial, Neb., and Kevin Yon of Yon Family Farms in Ridge Spring, S.C.

Keynote speaker for the ILC will be Richard Brown, partner in GIRA Euroconsulting. GIRA is a French-based international organization that offers strategic marketing consulting and research throughout the food industry. Speaking Tuesday, Jan. 12, Brown will provide long-term projections and analysis of the global beef industry based on the international economic outlook and global protein market dynamics.

Other speakers will be Wesley Batista, president and CEO of JBS Swift; Erin Daley, chief economist with the U.S. Meat Export Federation; Greg Bloom, owner of Colorado Meat Packers; Randy Blach of Cattle-Fax; Rob Shuey, vice president for international sales with Tyson Foods, Inc.; Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco Animal Health and Colin Woodall, director of legislative affairs with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Pre-Congress tours, set for Mon, Jan 11, will include stops at the JBS Swift meat packing plant in Greeley, Colo., and the Colorado State University Grow Safe System near Fort Collins. Another tour within the Denver area will feature the King Soopers Case-Ready beef processing facility and the NCBA's new products development center.

Cost of attending the ILC is $175 per person or $100 for students before Dec. 11. That includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, Flavor of Beef Tasting reception and admittance to the National Western Stock Show. Tours are $45 per person before Dec. 11 and $65 per person after Dec 11. ILC is sponsored by the International Stockmen's Educational Foundation.

For lodging information and to register online, go to For more details, contact Clint Peck at (406) 896-9068 or

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or