KANSAS CITY (B)--Beef producer organizations from five countries are seeking to increase global trade while boosting beef demand worldwide after a meeting last week in Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia. Besides the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, which represented the U.S., cattle associations from Canada (Canadian Cattlemen's Association), Mexico (Confederacion Nacional Ganadera), Australia (Cattle Council of Australia) and New Zealand (Meat New Zealand) worked out the goals.

The overriding principle to come out of the meeting was "to meet or exceed global consumers' expectations in respect of beef, while eliminating non-scientific and political trade restrictions for the benefit of all beef producers," an NCBA release said.

The group continues to support further market liberalization as a key priority in the upcoming round of World Trade Organization negotiations. It supports continued progress in reducing production and trade-distorting programs and in improving market access.

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