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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 41 own conference, discussing issues such as youth involvement, policy, beef demand and the recent Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). CCA Heidi Eldridge presented at the annual conference about the importance of Young Leaders within the beef industry. CCA would like to welcome the new nations of Brazil and Paraguay to the alliance. The FNBA will change its name to the International Beef Alliance this year to accommodate the new and future nations of the alliance. Representing Australia were the past 2013, 2014 and 2015 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions. Kevin Stark (2015) provided a presentation to the 5NBA Young Leader attendees. He discussed the current issues facing the Australian beef industry and also provided the audience with examples of his own Hereford operation, located in Lake Mundi, Victoria. The 5NBA Young Leaders had the opportunity to learn from both their international peers and from industry leaders representing the Five Nations at the conference. The annual Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference and tour showcased the uniqueness of the Mexican culture and beef industry. The general session provided the opportunity for delegates to debate opportunities and challenges that are currently facing global beef markets, including driving global demand, market access and beef industry sustainability. The members discussed the recent TPP agreement and opportunities that will arise in the future due to the concluding of this agreement. Overall discussions were positive from the conference and Cattle Council look forward to maintaining this relationship with all nations in the future. The FNBA comprises the Cattle Council of Australia, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Confederacion Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. HEIDI ELDRIDGE CCA The 2015 tour began in Durango, Mexico with an opening presentation from Oswaldo Cházaro, President of CNOG, Jorge Herrera, Governor of the state of Durango and Jose Calzada, Secretary of Agriculture at the Durango Convention Centre. Attendees then travelled to “La Punta” ranch for a property tour showcasing Mexican farming practises. The day concluded at the ‘Centro Cultural Bicentenario’ for an exceptional evening of entertainment of a Mexican garden performance. The delegates were invited to attend the Annual Fair Grounds Heifer Show held in Durango with the feature breed being Red Angus. Attendees then toured the showgrounds and were provided with a presentation from junior beef exhibitors. The tour continued on to “Estrada Brangus Ranch”, a large scale cattle operation within central Mexico. A presentation and property tour showcased the differences to Australian beef production and management systems. Throughout the four day tour delegates were provided with cultural city tours and specialised ranch tours that aided in gaining an insight into beef production in Mexico. The Five Nations Beef Alliance also supports the education and growth of young beef advocates across the world. This year 13 Young Leaders of the Five Nations Beef Alliance Young Leaders program attended a meeting to discuss the importance of youth advocacy within the beef industry. The 5NBA Young Leaders Program aims to develop the skills and knowledge of future beef industry networks. The 5NBA Young Leaders took part in their