Traceability will be a hot topic at this year’s Cattle Industry Convention

Some cattle producers are preparing for this year’s Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

Some cattle producers are preparing for this year’s Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association says the event will touch on a lot of topics.

“We’re going to have some discussion about animal disease traceability. The National Animal Disease Traceability Task Force has finished their work and are bringing some policy that will consider how to institute a disease surveillance program on a national level that includes not only older, more mature cattle, 18 months and older, but also younger cattle. So, we’re going to have a discussion about that and see kind of where that shakes out at the end of the day. I’ve seen some of those draft policies, they’re pretty long and pretty complicated, but they need to be because that’s not an easy issue,” said Michael Kelsey.

Sustainability will be another big topic at the Convention. Kelsey says it is something that affects every level of the industry.

“Yeah, the long range plan, beef sustainability, the Beef Checkoff, those types of things are very, very important to our membership and our group, but you’re absolutely right, to make sure we’re part of those conversations, wherever those conversations might occur. If they’re at the state level, if they’re the national level, even if they’re at the international level we need to make sure that beef is positioned positively, and so sustainability, whether we like it or not, it’s a topic and it’s a topic that some interest is there by some folks who don’t have our best interests in mind, and so we’ve got to be at the table, advocating for our industry.”

The event kicks off tomorrow in Orlando and goes through February 2nd.

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