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

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 and a producer panel with representatives from the cow-calf and feedlot segment and the export and auction market segment. There will be 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. Discussions will be held on grid pricing based on carcass merit. This will include 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 Montana Beef Network animal ID trailer, 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 is set for the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, 303/399-7500. A special room rate of $87 has been secured for conference attendees who specify ILC. 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.
-- Clint Peck