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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 40 As global beef trade increases, organisations such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) become increasingly important for groups such as the FNBA and the beef producer organisations that form the Alliance. The FNBA’s overriding principle is ‘to exceed global consumers’ expectations in respect to beef, while eliminating non-scientific and political trade restrictions. Discussions surrounding their key strategies are held annually in one of the five member countries at the Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference. Mexico provided the location for the 2015 conference with a delegation of Cattle Council representatives attending, including; Howard Smith, Jed Matz, Heidi Eldridge, and Rising Champions, 2013, Blythe Calnan, 2014, Sam Becker and 2015, Kevin Stark. Invited guests from the nations of Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay also attended the tour. Together, the Cattle Council of Australia, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas represent producers from countries that account for 1/3 of global beef production. The first conference of beef producing nations was held in 1976, following with the 1983 Four Nations Beef Conference. These countries included Australia, Canada, United States and New Zealand. It later became the Five Nations Beef Alliance when Mexico joined the alliance in 1993. The Five Nations Beef Alliance recognised the increasing importance of evolving animal health, welfare, and trading standards within major beef producing countries. To address these issues, the FNBA has coordinated efforts to work within our respective national governments and other international and inter-governmental organisations that are related to the beef industry. Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference 2015 The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) includes the national organisations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.