International Beef Alliance
The International Beef Alliance includes the national organizations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. Together, the Cattle Council of Australia, Associação dos Criadores de Mato Grosso, Associação Nacional dos Confinadores de Brasil, Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Ganaderas, Asociación Rural de Paraguay, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, represent producers from countries that account for 46% of global beef cattle production and 63% of global beef exports.
The first conference of beef producing nations was held in 1976, followed by the 1983 Four Nations Beef Conference. These countries included Australia, Canada, United States and New Zealand. It later became the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) when Mexico joined the alliance in 1993.
In October of 2015, during the FNBA annual Conference in Mazatlán, México, it was agreed to expand the Alliance endorsing the membership of producer representative organizations from Brazil and Paraguay. The Associação dos Criadores de Mato Grosso and the Associação Nacional dos Confinadores from Brazil and the Asociación Rural del Paraguay were welcomed to the group.
The International Beef Alliance (IBA)
Now known as the International Beef Alliance (IBA), the IBA recognises the increasing importance of evolving animal health, welfare, and trading standards with major beef producing countries. To address these issues, the IBA has coordinated efforts to work with respective national governments and other international and inter-governmental organisations that are related to the beef industry. 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) have become increasingly important for groups such as the IBA and the beef producer organisations that form the Alliance.
The IBA’s overriding principle is ‘to exceed global consumers’ expectations in respect to beef, while eliminating non-scientific and political trade restrictions. The IBA holds an annual conference, hosted by one of the member nations, to discuss members shared experiences of the beef industry. Each country also brings 'Young Leader' delegates who participate in the Conference and develop their knowledge of the global beef industry. More information about the alliance can be found here.
In October 2017 Cattle Council visited Paraguay as part of the International Beef Alliance. Cattle Council was represented by President Howard Smith, Policy Officer Will Evans and 2016 Rising Champion Kirsty McCormack.
With numerous challenges confronting the global trade environment, the Alliance reconfirmed its commitment to trade reform and liberalisation, sustainable beef production and ensuring confidence amongst global beef consumers. The next annual meeting of the IBA will take place in September 2018 in Canada.
New Zealand 2016
In 2016 Cattle Council visited its neighbour New Zealand to learn about its production systems and talk about market access with the International Beef Alliance. Representatives from Cattle Council that attended included President Howard Smith, Vice President Tony Hegarty, former CEO Jed Matz, and 2016 and 2015 Rising Champions Kirsty McCormack and Kevin Stark respectively.
Mexico provided the location for the 2015 conference with a delegation of Cattle Council representatives attending, including President Howard Smith, former CEO Jed Matz, former communications Manager Heidi Eldridge, and Rising Champions Blythe Calnan (2013), Sam Becker (2014) and Kevin Stark (2015). Invited guests from the nations of Brazil and Paraguay attended the tour, as they discussed their future involvement.
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