The Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association has set the date for its annual conference, with this year’s event scheduled to be held in Broome on October 13 and 14. The conference attracts all manner of pastoral industry figureheads and is the State’s premier cattlemen’s forum, with a focus on the ongoing improvement and advancement of the WA pastoral sector. It will be held at the Broome Civic Centre, with guest speakers and other details to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Energy provider GenOffGrid will sponsor the event. “With restrictions lifting and domestic and international travel now occurring, we plan to present an informative and entertaining event for all,” KPCA chief executive Mick Sheehy said. “More conference details will be circulated as we progress with the organisation.” As the conference looms, pastoralists are anxiously watching events unfold in Indonesia, where Australian authorities are helping to stop the spread of lumpy skin disease (LSD) and foot and mouth disease. Mr Sheehy said the highly contagious diseases — which have so far not been detected in Australia — posed a “significant threat” to the nation’s cattle industry. “LSD has highlighted the need to be ever vigilant about the threats that biosecurity poses to the cattle and broader agricultural industry in Australia,” he said. “As a result, KPCA will be holding some discussions with the government around the establishment of a truck wash in the Kimberley.” He said the KPCA had been appointed to a Domestic Containment Strategy Committee set up through the Industry Taskforce on LSD. The taskforce is focusing on four key areas: Overseas in-country support to manage and slow the spread of LSD in Indonesia; trade and protocols to ensure trade can continue in the event of an incursion; diagnostic capability and vaccine development; and domestic containment strategy. The KPCA has also announced its Low Stress Livestock Handling Cup will be held at Sandfire Roadhouse, Eighty Mile Beach, on September 15 and 16. The announcements come as the not-for-profit organisation — the peak industry development and advocacy body for the WA pastoral sector — celebrates the opening of its new Broome office. The office, which opened last month, is at 41 Carnarvon Street. “At this stage we do not plan to employ a receptionist, so the office will not always be attended,” Mr Sheehy said.