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Nov. 4 is the deadline for sign-ups to be part of the 2012 BEEF Study Tour to Brazil. The eight-day immersion into Brazil’s beef industry begins Jan. 19, 2012, in São Paulo, Brazil, and ends Jan. 25 in the same city. For just $3,999/person, travelers will gain firsthand experience into all production sectors of Brazil’s beef industry, as well as experiencing its culture.
Tour participants will experience a variety of cattle ranching and feeding operations in Brazil's west-central region, an area of subtropical cattle farming. The hands-on beef study tour is designed to show the whole chain of Brazilian beef production and marketing – from genetics to finished product. Stops include seedstock ranches, commercial cattle ranches, a livestock auction, and a cattle production research center.
"You will be immersed into Brazilian culture, with the opportunity to meet families that have been in the cattle business for generations. We'll sample their hospitality, and taste the tantalizing Brazilian Churrasco beef," says Renata Stephens. She is owner of Brazilian Liaisons travel agency and a native Brazilian who speaks excellent English and has family interests in Brazilian livestock production.
"Beyond learning about the challenges and opportunities facing Brazilian ranchers, we'll interact with local farming families, experiencing their day-to-day lifestyles," Stephens says. "South Americans are very gracious hosts and we fully enjoy our American guests."
Brazil has the world's second-largest cattle herd, second only to India. From 1996 to 2006, Brazil increased its beef exports tenfold, overtaking Australia as the world's largest exporter.
"In today's global marketplace, cattlemen need to know their competition and how it operates," says Burt Rutherford, BEEF senior editor who will accompany the tour. "We've developed an itinerary that will give U.S. beef producers a broad and intensive look at Brazil's beef systems, while assessing its strengths and weaknesses as a competitor in international markets."
The tour package includes:
- Domestic flights within Brazil
- 2-3 meals/day as per itinerary
- Air-conditioned private ground transportation
- Tourist-class hotel accommodation (based on double/twin occupancy)
- Transfers to/from airports and hotels
- Tours and professional visits as noted
- Tour escorts: Brazilian Liaison staff / Portuguese, English interpreter, and BEEF magazine representative
- Air and hotel taxes.
The tour price does not include round-trip international airfare from the U.S. to Brazil and back to the U.S. (Brazilian Liaison can provide reduced-rate quotes). Nor does it include domestic flights within USA/Canada (Brazilian Liaison can provide domestic add-ons from your home airport), or a Brazilian visa.