The 2003 International Livestock Congress, set for Feb. 25-28 in Houston, TX, will focus on profitability in the horse and beef industries. In each species, a keynote speaker will preface a program of breakout sessions addressing critical issues facing the two industries.

“The volatile nature of the beef industry… demands that we keep a sharp eye focused on the trends shaping consumer perceptions and needs so the beef industry can remain profitable,” says Gary Smith of Colorado State University, who, along with Jack Allen, Michigan State University professor emeritus, is a co-chair of the beef program.

Addressing that topic in the opening session are four prominent beef industry figures: Chuck Schroeder, former National Cattleman's Beef Association executive vice president; Paul C. Genho, vice president and general manager for King Ranch Inc.; Bill Buckner, co-leader of Cargill's Meat Solutions Platform; and Randy Blach, executive vice president of Cattle-Fax.

For program and registration, contact Julie Kimball at 817/367-6563, e-mail her at julie@livestockcongress.com or go to www.livestockcongress.com.

New Internet Directory

Looking for an online, all-breeds, one-stop shop for your bull listing and buying needs? Check out www.bullshop.com. The new Web site brings all elements of the cattle industry together — all breeds and all herd sizes, both seedstock and commercial — to encourage interaction on the Web.

Folks looking to gain exposure for their herds, regardless if they have a Web site or not, can create for no charge their own listing on www.bullshop.com using their home or office computer. The site plans to soon offer listers the opportunity to promote private auctions, private treaty sales, and semen or embryo offerings, plus more.