Welfare at centre of live export conference
The national roll-out of a new animal welfare standards system is expected to be a hot topic at an upcoming live export conference in Perth.
The WA capital has been selected to host LIVEXforum 2017 for the first time from November 15 to 16.
WA Live Export Association will co-host this year’s event, themed “taking stock: (business) adaptability, (industry) sustainability, (community) accountability”.
WALEA chairman David Jarvie said the forum traditionally included two-way panel interviews with leaders in the live export industry.
He said this year’s agenda would also reflect WA’s standing as a gateway to key markets in South-East Asia and the Middle East.
“It’s a unique opportunity for industry stakeholders to discuss key opportunities and challenges confronting the livestock export trade,” Mr Jarvie said.
“This includes continual improvement of supply chain capabilities, market opportunities and animal welfare outcomes.
“LIVEXforum 2017 will again feature plenty of open and frank discussion, with a number of panel sessions planned.”
The conference comes on the back of the recent Federal Budget inclusion of $8.3 million over four years to implement a new animal welfare standards system.
The Livestock Global Assurance Program will build on the current Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System and improve industry compliance in Australia.
The annual conference is a joint venture between the Australian Livestock Export Corporation and the Australian Livestock Exporters Council.
Each event concludes with a gala dinner and charity auction.
This year’s conference will be held at Crown Towers.
Confirmed guests include Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research commission chairman Don Heatley as master of ceremonies, and speakers CSIRO Northern Territory research leader Chris Chilcott, RSPCA NSW chief executive Steve Coleman and Livestock Dynamics director Kimbal Curtis.
To find out more, visit liveexchangeconference.com.au.
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