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Cattle industry from Australia and the America's forge closer ties

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NEWS RELEASE Ί · SII I lf OF AUST RAL IA MR25/9823 June 1998CATTLE INDUSTRYS FROM AUSTRALIA AND THE AMERICASFORGE CLOSER TIESRepresentatives of the Australian, Mexican, US and Canadian cattle industries are meeting this week in Zacatecas, Mexico.The forum which is drawing these significant beef trading nations together is the Annual General Meeting of the Confederation Nacional Ganadera (CNG - the Mexican Beef Confederation)..Cattle Council of Australia is represented by Mr Peter Milne, newly elected President and Mr Justin Toohey, Executive Director. The Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation will have a display booth promoting Australian beef. Several Australian live cattle exporters will also be in attendance.“This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss face-to-face, important bilateral trade issues with other beef producing nations,” Mr Milne said.“Further, several attending countries will be represented by incoming Presidents. This meeting has presented all new Presidents with the chance to meet and to canvass common cattle and beef issues.“The new Presidents include Clark Willingham - the US National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA); Ben Thorlakson - Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and the President of the Mexican CNG. We also hope to meet with Dana Hauck, Chairman of NCBA’s International Markets Committee, who also serves as a Director on the US Meat Export Federation Board,” Mr Milne added.“During discussions with these representatives from the Americas, Cattle Council will focus on such issues as beef access to the Mexican and Canadian markets, country of origin labelling, trade liberalisation and the WTO, the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the Australian beef trade, live cattle export protocol with Mexico, food safety and the urgent need to arrest the decline in beef consumption.“All of these issues are crucial to each and every cattle producer in Australia. It is without doubt that the continual maintenance of regular, effective communications between Australia and other beef and cattle trading nations will result in a more transparent and profitable trading environment,” Mr Milne concluded.For further information contact:Mr Peter Milne / Mr Justin Toohey President / Executive Director Room 308 / Room 302Ph. 0011 52 4922 9157Mr Peter Weeks Deputy Director02/6273 3688 or 0418 628 713p o b o x e i o (Mexico is 15 hours behind AEST)0.V.T ACT 2600 NFF H o u se 1 4-16 B risban e Ave B arton ACT 2 6 00 Ph: 06 2 7 3 3688Fax: 06 2 7 3 2 3 9 7 Creating an environment for the sustained profitability of cattle producersPrincipal Sponsor M MPrim ary Industry Bank of Australia Limited