Live export award to WA tyro

Rueben HaleThe West Australian

Emanuel Exports' Ben Stanton has been crowned the industry's 2015 Young Achiever of the Year on the back of his 13-year tenure with the WA-based business.

The 34-year-old has worked in several roles with Emanuel and is now the company's export manager for all sheep shipments.

Mr Stanton was one of a list of past and present industry achievers honoured at the Australian live animal export industry's second conference in Darwin last week.

Held over two days, it brought together producers, exporters, international customers, logistics suppliers and other trade suppliers and stakeholders to discuss key issues confronting the trade's future, based on the theme of people, perspective and relationships.

The event was a partnership between LiveCorp, Australian Livestock Exporters Council and the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association.

The inaugural LIVEXchange conference was held in Townsville 2013 and saw 300 industry stakeholders take part.

WA was well represented at the conference by live animal exporters Emanuel Exports, Wellards and Livestock Shipping Services.

Mr Stanton's responsibilities include organising the purchase of stock to specification, delivery to the feedlot depot, loading of the consignment and adhering to the protocols of the relevant import market.

Mr Stanton also supervises all approval application processes, industry compliance, and reporting and welfare management for every shipment of sheep.

Emanuel Exports' Graham Daws said Mr Stanton had demonstrated a long-term commitment to the livestock export industry.

"Ben has contributed to industry issues and developing company processes and procedures for the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System and the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock sharing his hands-on, practical knowledge of how livestock exports need to meet the various rules and regulations pertaining to the Australian trade," Mr Daws said.

"ESCAS and other compliance standards require someone with an enormous understanding and work capacity, and with an annual volume of 1.5 million sheep, Ben has proven he is more than capable of meeting the demands of the role."

The industry's Lifetime Achiever Award went to Corral Line owner Bjørn Clausen.

Mr Clausen, who was born in Denmark, has spent his entire career in shipping and succeeded his father Christian as head of the family business in 1985.

The arrival of specialist sheep and cattle ships, starting with the Clausen Steamship Co in 1960, had much to do with the ultimate success of the Australian export trade.

The Clausen family has been in Australia for more than 50 years and, in that time, it is said that there hasn't been a month when the family company didn't have a ship servicing the livestock export trade.

The business, which changed its name to Corral Line in 1983, has used 35 different ships to transport sheep and cattle to market.

Corral Line now operates four vessels, with three in Australia, carrying breeding cattle to China, Russia and South-East Asia.

LiveCorp chairman David Galvin paid tribute to Mr Clausen.

"Bjørn has been a true visionary in shipping capacity and vessel standards, enabling the Australian livestock export to meet the growing food demand including for more Australian livestock," he said.

Australian Livestock Exporters' Council Chairman Simon Crean said it was important the livestock export industry acknowledged the achievements of individuals who make significant contributions.

The industry also paused to acknowledge two highly esteemed livestock export stalwarts, Peter Lang and John Darling, who both died in the past 12 months.

Mr Lang, as managing director of Fares Rural, was one of the major livestock exporters commencing in the trade in the 1970s.

He served in a number of industry leadership roles including as chairman of ALEC and the Red Meat Advisory Council, a director of Livecorp and as WA live export coordinator with Meat & Livestock Australia.

Mr Darling was the founder of livestock export company AustIran in the 1970s and was responsible for the shipment of about three million sheep to Iran until the market effectively closed after the revolution in 1979.

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