Key stakeholders from across the European beef industry will gather in Ireland on October 10 to launch the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS) during the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), a four-day conference in Co. Kilkenny.
Dawn Meats is a co-sponsor of the conference hosted by Bord Bia which will bring delegates from Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, the United States and South Africa to Ireland.
The ERBS will be made up of multiple stakeholders, demonstrating the important role the beef sector plays in the food chain, and will focus on improvements in sustainability across all aspects of the European beef value chain, from farm to fork. Dawn Meats has worked with its partners in the SAI Platform’s Beef Working Group over the last two years, chairing the technical work of the group and developing the principles and practices for beef sustainability to bring the ERBS into being.
The ERBS will initially concentrate on four key priority areas: greenhouse gas emissions; animal health and welfare; animal medicines; and farm management.
These priority areas were identified through engagement with more than 150 stakeholders across Europe and will be reviewed regularly to ensure they remain relevant and are being adequately addressed.
SAI Platform’s Beef Working Group lead, Patricia García-Díaz commented: “The ERBS aims to be a catalyst for change. We welcome stakeholders from across the beef value chain that support the ERBS vision and mission and who strive to work constructively towards improving beef sustainability. Together, we will represent the European beef value chain with one voice on the global stage.”
Dawn Meats Group Agriculture manager Sarah Haire commented: “We are delighted to launch the ERBS and have been actively engaged with member organisations across Europe over the last 24 months in agreeing common sustainability priorities.”