Beef and Sheep Conferences

The annual Beef and Sheep Conferences are the main event of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep activities.

Here you find information about the Beef (and Sheep) Conferences starting with 2006. The Beef and Sheep Conference 2017 took place in Saskatoon/Canada, the 2018 Conference is planned for Ireland.

In the Beef and Sheep Conferences, results of our benchmark activities are presented, specific topics are addressed in plenary sessions or workshops, and the next steps in the Network are discussed and decided commonly by the partners.

Since 2009, a one-day public Global Forum is added addressing decision makers of the beef and sheep sectors in the host country. The motto of the Global Forum is 'Bring the world to the hosts and show the host country to the network'.

The programme is complemented by pre-conference trainings, field trips to farms and agribusiness companies, invited speaker presentations as well as pre- or post-conference tours providing a good mixture of agribusiness and networking.

Other Conferences

Apart from running our own annual conferences and trainings, agri benchmark staff and cooperation partners regularly participate in international conferences to exchange ideas, to find new partners and to intensify long-standing partnerships and last, but not least, to present agri benchmark results to a broader public.

Competitividad de los sectores ganaderos ante el reto de la internacionalización, Madrid, 20 March, 2018

Claus Deblitz presented findings of the situation and the prospects of the Spanish beef, sheep and pig sector in the context of the international competitiveness. The event was organized by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fish, Nutrition and Environment (MAPAMA) and hosted about 100 decision makers of the Spanish livestock supply chain.

(pdf, 706 KB)

Data collection and field visits in Paraguay, 2018

Within the WWF project of “Opens external link in new windowBest practice land use options in flooded savannahs in Colombia and Paraguay” a field trip for data collection was undertaken with WWF-staff, local experts and producers from 12 to 16 March, 2018. Participants from agri benchmark were Elizabeth Lunik (cash crops), Katrin Agethen (beef), Ernesto Reyes (project manager agri benchmark) and Claus Deblitz (project leader from Thünen).


Heifers grazing in Chaco North

In the field trips and workshops, the following activities were performed:

  1. The reference situation (baseline) located close to the Pantanal region for the cow-calf in the so-called Palmar – palm tree situation – and the cow-calf plus beef finishing – in the Palmar and the Bosque (former savannah forest) – situation was presented and discussed. In another step, the land use options to improve productivity and sustainability in these systems were discussed and specified.
  2. The scenario for the North Chaco with integration of livestock (cow-calf plus finishing) and cash crops was established and validated through a farm visit. This will be confronted by a baseline with extensive grazing to compare productivity, economics and sustainability. 
workshop participants
Workshop participants

6th IMS Economics Workshop in Paris

G.Roué, C. Deblitz
Claus Deblitz talking with Guillaume Roué, President of IMS and INAPORC

Every two years the members of the International Meat Secretariat with affiliation towards economics meet for an Economics Workshop which took place in Paris in the IMS headquarters this year. The hosts for the Workshop were the French pork inter-profession (INAPORC) and the French Beef inter-profession (INTERBEV). Support was also provided by technical institutes IFIP (pork) and IDELE (beef).

Claus Deblitz represented agri benchmark and the Thünen Institute as the only German out of 60 participants. He gave three presentations on the international competitiveness of beef production, international competitiveness of pig production and the situation of the German pig farming. 


World Meat Congress in Uruguay 2016

Claus Deblitz, coordinator of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Network, took part in the 21st World Meat Congress in Uruguay. The congress was supposed to discuss a new global agenda of the sector.

As an invited speaker Claus Deblitz presented agri benchmark results stressing the importance of production system analyses. 

Global beef production – Why production systems are relevant for perspective analysis
(pdf, 3 MB, English Version)

Producción mundial de carne vacuna - Por qué los sistemas de producción son pertinentes para el análisis de las perspectivas
(pdf, 3,1 MB, Spanish Version)

During the World Meat Congress in Uruguay Claus Deblitz talks about latest developments in world meat production and trade.

Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock - Meeting 2016


The 6th multi-stakeholder partnership meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock took part in Panama, 20-23 June, 2016.

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock is a partnership of livestock sector stakeholders committed to the sustainable development of the sector. agri benchmark has been an active member since 2013 and participates directly and indirectly in this activity, providing its core competence of measuring production systems, their economics and practice change.

agri benchmark’s manager international institutions, Ernesto Reyes, presented in his role as chairman of the Focus Area 1 ‘Closing the efficiency gap’ the progress made in the action plans and pilot projects, in some of which agri benchmark plays a role.

Closing The Efficiency Gap
(Ernesto Reyes, pdf, 9,8 MB)

Lesley Mitchell, International Head of Policy from World Animal Protection, presented her organisation’s view on animal welfare and common actions and mentioned the cooperation with agri benchmark in the analysis of silvo-pastoral systems in Colombia.

Integrating Animal Welfare In Sustainable Livestock To Deliver The SDGS
(Lesly Mitchell, pdf, 711 KB)

Julián Chará, our Colombian partner from CIPAV presented the Global Network on Silvo-Pastoral Systems (see also the World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems).

Global Network on Silvo-Pastoral Systems
(Julian Chará, pdf, 3,9 MB)

World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems in Evora


The Global Network on Silvo-Pastoral Systems (GNSPS) emerged as a proposal during the 5th meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock held in 2014, in Cali, Colombia. The GNSPS is intended to serve as the platform to exchange that information and to promote silvo-pastoral systems in different regions and scales of production.

As a result of the first activities, the network has 62 stakeholders from 16 countries mainly from Latin America representing research centers, universities, farmer associations, governmental agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

agri benchmark were represented by Claus Deblitz and Ernesto Reyes. Julian Chará provided a presentation on the Global Network of Silvo-pastoral Systems (see below at the Global Agenda Meeting).
Pablo Peri from INTA Patagonia (Argentina) talked about the status quo and advances of SPS in Latin America.

agri benchmark – a global approach to measure silvo-pastoral systems
(Claus Deblitz, pdf, 1,4 MB)

Advances in Silvo-Pastoral Systems in Latin America
(Pablo Peri, pdf, 3,2 MB)

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