2024 ILC Event Information


El Congreso Internacional de Ganadería (ILC) 2024 se llevará a cabo de manera presencial los días 28 y 29 de febrero de 2024 durante la Feria y Rodeo Ganadero en Houston, Texas.


The 2024 International Livestock Congress will be held in-person on February 28-29, 2024, in Houston, Texas, during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo for ILC participants to interact with global industry leaders. Updates on the topic of the 2024 ILC will be made soon.

NOTE: All time frames in the schedule are in Central Time.


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As the 2024 schedule is being updated, take a look at the previous ILC agenda and presentation line up. Stay tuned for more details on the next conference!

2023 International Livestock Congress

Impact of Global and National Policies (Environmental, Social, and Governance-ESG) on livestock & meat industry’s ability to feed the world?

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2023
What is ESG and its impact?
7:00-8:30 am Registration and continental breakfast
8:45-9:00 am Welcome
James O. Reagan, Ph.D., Zoetis, Chairman, International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation, Fort Collins, CO
Chris Boleman, C.E.O., Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Randy Pauly, Chair, International Committee, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
9:00-10:00 am Moderator: Don Close, American Ag Credit, St. Louis, MO Keynote, Day One. How does the food system prepare for success with the rise of Global and National ESG Policies?
Sara Place, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
10:00-10:30 am Break/Networking
10:30-11:10 am Potential impact of ESG requirements on the U.S. cattle feeding and beef processing industries.
Mike Smith Vice President Technical Services, Harris Ranch Beef Division, Selma, CA
11:10-11:50 am What does leadership in ESG look like in the future?
Justin Ransom, Ph.D., Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, AR
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch-Student and Alumni Recognition
1:30-1:40 pm Moderator: Don Close
1:40-2:20 pm How are ESG requirements impacting the live beef sector?
Dave Daley, Chico State University, Chico, CA
2:20-3:00 pm The ESG train has left the station-Unintended consequences remain.
Bill Rishel, Rishel Angus, Lincoln, NE
3:00-3:45 pm Panel Discussion:

Opening remarks by moderator followed by brief remarks from previous five speakers.
3:45-4:15 pm Break/Networking
4:15-5:15 pm How are international beef sectors dealing with sustainability requirements for export? Panel discussion from four speakers representing Australia, South America, Central America and Canada.
Opening remarks from moderator Close followed by remarks (8-10 min.) from each speaker.
Doug McNicholl, MLA Regional Manager, North America, AU (b). Bruno Cunha, Brazil, (c). Luis Diego Obando, Costa Rica, and (d). Dennis Laycraft, Canadian Cattlemen’s Assoc., Calgary, CA.
5:15-5:30 pm What have we learned today?
Jason Strong, Meat & Livestock Australia, Sydney, AU
5:30-6:30 pm International Committee Reception (followed by Rodeo)
THURSDAY, March 2, 2023
Food or Nutrition Security and Sustainability
7:00-8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 am Moderator: Jessica Finck, Merck Animal Health, Centennial, CO
8:15-9:00 am Keynote Day Two. Challenges to food security: the role of livestock production in developing countries.
Elsa Murano, Ph.D., Director, Borlaug Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
9:00-9:40 am What roles will robotics, artificial intelligence and automation play in the future of meat production (existing & new plants)?
Chafik Barbar, CEO, Marble Technologies, Cambridge, Mass.
9:40-10:10 am Break/Networking
10:10-10:50 am How does red meat trade fit in the global food security conversation?
Erin Borror, Vice President of Economic Analysis, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Denver, CO.
10:50-11:30 am Safeguarding international trade-Australia’s animal health preparedness.
Andrew McCallum, Meat & Livestock Australia, Sydney, AU
11:30-12:00 pm Call to Action!
Jason Strong, Meat & Livestock, Australia, Sydney, AU