A World Angus Forum Organising Committee is being formed to guide and assist Angus Australia in planning, promoting and conducting the 2021 World Angus Forum in Australia.
The organising committee, to be announced this month, will comprise four or more people to be appointed by the Angus Australia board.
Committee membership may change over time, but it will aim to maintain continuity during the lead-up to the forum. Expressions of interest for the committee closed on New Year’s Eve.
The World Angus Secretariat agreed, at its meeting in Mazatlan, Mexico, early last year, to a proposal by Angus Australia to host the World Angus Forum in Australia during 2021.
The secretariat meeting, hosted by the Mexican Angus Association, included delegates from the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Argentina, Sweden, Uruguay, Portugal, Brazil, Columbia, New Zealand and Australia.
President Hugh Munro and chief executive Peter Parnell represented Angus Australia.
“Angus Australia was honoured by the decision of the World Angus Secretariat to award the 2021 Forum to Australia,” Mr Munro said.
“Hosting the forum in Australia will be a fitting way to celebrate 100 years of the existence of the Angus Society of Australia (Angus Australia), which will occur in 2019.”
Dr Parnell said the World Angus Secretariat was an important body that set international standards for pedigree recording and maintenance of Herd Books by member countries.
“It is also an important forum for the establishment of protocols for international exchange of genetic information, and exchange of technical material related to the ongoing genetic improvement of Angus cattle and Angus beef in member countries,” he said. “Presentations by member countries at the World Angus Secretariat meeting indicated the Angus breed continues to grow in prominence in all major beef producing countries.
“The dominance of Angus-based beef brands across the world is a clear indication of the continued recognition of Angus as the breed of choice for quality beef production.”
The next World Angus Forum will be conducted in Scotland from June 15 to July 3 this year.