Perth to host 2018 LambEx

The West Australian
LambEx organising committee chairwoman Bindi Murray.
Camera IconLambEx organising committee chairwoman Bindi Murray. Credit: Kate Pollard

Perth will host Australia’s biggest national sheep and lamb event — LambEx — in August next year.

The biennial event brings together producers, processors, researchers and service and education providers, from all over Australia as well as internationally, to discuss all facets of the industry.

Sheep Alliance of WA director Bindi Murray, of Woodanilling, has been appointed chairwoman of the LambEx 2018 organising committee.

“LambEx 2018 will provide local producers with the opportunity to promote their work and get insights into how they can continue to build their businesses,” Ms Murray said.

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“Our first step is to establish the JUorganising committee to help deliver the event. This will comprise a cross-section of industry leaders, sponsors, producers, processors and service providers.”

LambEx founder and national JUexecutive chairman of the national LambEx executiveDawson Bradford said the appointment of Ms JUMurray to the critical role of being JUresponsible for the event’s design and execution was an easy decision.

“Bindi has a wealth of industry JUleadership experience and a vision for a highly sustainable WA sheep JUindustry,” Mr Bradford said. JU“LambEx provides a wonderful JUplatform for a team of committed JUpeople to help drive the industryJU forward.”

The first step in the creation of LambEx will be an open industry meeting hosted by the Sheep Alliance of WA during the third week in June.

“Until the professional conference organiser is contracted, the Sheep Alliance will fulfil the role of staging the initial meeting and the call for expressions of interest of people wanting to be part of the organising committee. This will allow us to engage the entire industry in extracting the first wave of ideas that could be incorporated into the big event and the newly appointed conference management company to then hit the ground running,” Ms Murray said.

“We have tentative dates and venues on hold but we want to check in with industry as we go and will not be announcing the dates until our first meeting."

The Department of Agriculture and Food WA is supporting LambEx 2018 through its Sheep Industry JUBusiness Innovation (SIBI) project, which assists the industry in buildingJU capacity to supply new markets for sheepmeat and live exports.

DAFWA sheep industry development director Dr Bruce Mullan said with more than 13 million sheep and lambs in WA, Perth was an ideal JUlocation for LambEx 2018.

“The sheep industry contributes almost half of the gross value of JUagricultural production from allJU livestock industries in WA, including $513 million from the sheepmeat JUindustry,” Dr Mullan said.

“LambEx is the country’s biggest sheep industry conference and plays a key role in helping the Australian industry maintain its position as one of the world’s leading lamb producers and exporters. “We are extremely pleased that WA will host this event, which will include local and international speakers and industry representatives from across the country.”

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