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In search of a prosperous world.

An expatriate Englishman, who runs one of Brazil's largest beef cattle operations, will be the main speaker at a conference to be held in conjunction with the UK's national beef event, Beef Expo 2004, at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, in August.

Ian Hill is director of a privately-owned group which runs 32,000 Nelore cattle, including 13,500 breeding females, on 11,000 hectares of pasture North-west of Sao Paulo. Mr Hill has been involved in the beef cattle industry in Brazil for 26 years after joining the Vestey Group in 1977.

He worked in the UK with Nickerson Seeds after gaining a National Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) at Berkshire College of Agriculture.

Mr Hill is due to speak at the conference, which will have as a theme, "Towards a Prosperous New World", on Tuesday, August 3, and will also be one of the speakers at a seminar the following day at Beef Expo. The conference will be held in the new Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre.

Also joining the panel of four speakers will be M Jean Chavel, chief executive of CHARAL, the leading beef processor in France.

Completing the panel will be Brian Pack, chief executive of ANM Group Ltd, the Aberdeenshire-based farmer-owned business and Jim Walker, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland and a past-president of NFU Scotland.

Guest speaker at the pre-event dinner following the conference will be Scotland's rural development and environment minister, Ross Finnie.

Tickets, priced pounds 36 for the conference and dinner, and pounds 5 for the conference only, are available from event organiser, Euan Emslie, at 3 Briar Close, Newport, Brough, East Yorkshire. HU15 2QY. Tel: 01430 441870. Fax: 01430 448432. E-mail: info@beef2004.co.uk. Web: www.beef2004.co.uk
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