International beef forum returns home

The 2017 World Angus Forum returned to its roots on Friday 16 June, for the first time in 40-years. 

Taking place every four years, the event is designed to provide a global platform for industry personnels to share information on genetics and breeding. A youth competition gives the future of the industry the chance to showcase their knowledge of the Aberdeen-Angus breed.

The 17-day forum has returned to the home of the breed and is being hosted by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society. “We all can’t hide our excitement for this great event to finally be getting underway,” said Alex Sanger, chairman of the World Angus Forum organising committee.

“There has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to put everything in place and shape the best possible forum for our friends from overseas who are travelling to our shores to see this great breed in its home. The World Forum will take us on a real journey, geographically, historically and with a view to the future. It presents us with a magnificent opportunity to bring breed enthusiasts together from all over the world, all with the same aim, to share our stories, skills and passion related to the world class Aberdeen-Angus breed.”

The study tour began with delegates visiting the Rosemead and Lockerley herds in Surrey and Hampshire respectively. Over 300 members of the international community have gathered in celebration of the herd, with people coming as far afield as Africa, North America, South America, and across Europe for the knowledge exchange fortnight.

Once the nationwide tour reaches completion, the delegates will attend the World Angus Forum programme in Edinburgh which will involve a two-day technical conference including a line-up of guest speakers and workshops to participate in, with the aim of ensuring beef production is as efficient as possible and well-positioned for the future.

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