Humane animal handling expert Dr Temple Grandin and World Organisation for Animal Health and Welfare (OIE) chief Dr Bernard Vallat will deliver keynote presentations at this year’s LIVEXchange Conference in Darwin on 25-26 November.
The conference will bring producers, exporters, international customers, logistics suppliers and other trade services and stakeholders together to discuss, debate and network on key issues confronting the Australian live trade’s future.
The conference will be based on the theme of People, perspective and relationships.
Ms Penfold said Dr 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.
OIE Director General Dr Bernard Vallat will bring a global perspective of industry and the challenges faced.
“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,” Ms Penfold said.
“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 three years on.”
Ms Penfold said that the two day program will commence on Wednesday 25 November and will include:
- A MLA sponsored producer forum discussing the livestock export industry and the joint MLA and LiveCorp venture known as the Livestock Export Program (LEP). Topics will include: market access, in market activities, RD&E and regulatory requirements of ASEL and ESCAS and what they mean for producers
- A diverse range of international and national speakers from within and external to the industry covering trade and market access, animal welfare, RD&E, and communications and community engagement
- Panel discussions will be held throughout the program giving opportunity for conference delegates to ask questions
- A trade exhibition; and
- A Welcome BBQ on the Wednesday evening and the industry’s annual Charity Gala Dinner event on the Thursday night where the Young Achiever of the Year and Life Member awards will be presented
This biannual event is a partnership between LiveCorp, Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) and the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA). The inaugural LIVEXchange conference was held in Townsville 2013 and saw over 300 industry stakeholders gather for this hugely successful event.
Registrations are now open at www.livexchangeconference.com.au