June 18, 2004
June 18, 2004 -- The theme of the 15th World Meat Congress held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from June 14 to 17, ?The World Meat Industry at a Crossroads,? reflected a global concern for the industry. Representatives of meat and livestock industries from around the world gather every two years at the International Meat Secretariat to discuss the state of the industry, analyze trends and review international issues.
More than 600 participants focused on the evolution of the meat sector from its production-driven, domestically focused and nationally regulated beginnings to the current global status within a market-driven economy striving toward increasingly free international trade. Dialog addressing issues relating to food security, quality assurance, guarantees of origin, crisis management and consumer confidence were key elements of the Congress.
American Sheep Industry Association Executive Director Peter Orwick participated in the Sheepmeat Committee Meetings by discussing the research and development initiatives of the U.S. sheep industry as well as reviewing the promotional activities of the American Lamb Board.
?Sheep inventories have contracted world-wide, however, on the positive side, lamb-meat prices have generally strengthened for producers,? stated Orwick.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33