Two of the global livestock industry’s most prominent authorities on animal welfare and a former head of JBS Australia will deliver keynote presentations at the 2015 LIVEXchange conference in Darwin on November 25 and 26.
World renowned livestock handling expert, Dr Temple Grandin has accepted an invitation from the MLA/LiveCorp Livestock Export Program to undertake a high level tour of the Australian live cattle export industry commencing in Indonesia and following the supply chain back to northern cattle stations before concluding her visit with a presentation at the LIVEXchange Conference.
“Anyone associated with the cattle industry knows of Dr Grandin’s incredible insight into livestock behaviour,” ALEC CEO Alison Penfold said.
“She has researched and written extensively on humane handling and equipment design and is world renowned for her work.”
Bringing a global perspective to the livestock export industry and the animal welfare challenges it faces will be Dr Bernard Vallat, the Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health and Welfare (OIE).
“Dr Vallat and the OIE have a unique “line of sight” on the challenges of improving animal welfare, lifting standards and changing knowledge and behaviour towards animals across very different geographic, cultural, economic and religious circumstances.
“At the 2012 LIVEXchange Conference in Townsville, the OIE’s Dr Derek Belton recognised Australia’s live export trade as leading the world in animal welfare and we look forward to Dr Vallat’s assessment of our performance in implementing OIE welfare standards 3 years on.”
Iain Mars, the chief operating officer of Brasil Beef, Minerva Foods, and a former CEO of JBS Australia and former MLA board director, has also been confirmed as a key note speaker. Mr Mars will present on the topic of: “A view from another country and what are your expectations for the future?”
Dayne Pratzky, known as The Frackman, will also provide an insight in to how he went from being a pig shooter to rural activist.
Mr Pratsky’s experience lobbying against Coal Seam Gas will help shed some light on how activism operates and how industry can work for a better result.
His address will be followed by a panel session looking at how the industry’s messaging and presentation can improve and be more effective, which will include Kylie Stretton, co-founder of ‘Ask an Aussie Farmer’ and Simon Talbot, CEO, National Farmers Federation, with Peter Lewis as the session facilitator.
Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce will also address the conference, while Peter Schuster of Schuster Consulting will give a presentation on the Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP), which is currently being piloted in-market. Mr Schuster will discuss how LGAP will help animal welfare and the continuous process to improvement.
The Coopers Sundowner Welcome Drinks and BBQ at the Northern Territory Parliament House.
The conference will culminate with a gala dinner featuring presentations of the Young Achiever of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards, with comedian and actor Shane Jacobson as the guest speaker.
The conference will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre. For more information and to register: www.livexchangeconference.com.au