2016: It’s a wrap!

Thank you to all who attended LIVEXforum 2016 and a special thank you to our sponsors.

LIVEXforum provided a unique opportunity for industry stakeholders, including Ministers, Embassy representatives, exporters, importers, producers, service providers and researches, to discuss key opportunities and challenges confronting the livestock export trade. These issues included continual improvement of supply chain capabilities, animal welfare outcomes and market opportunities.

On the first day, a Peak Council and Producer briefing provided producers and other attendees with some key insights into research investment, market access and trade opportunities in the live export industry, noting China as a future growth market. A panel session with Sheepmeat Council of Australia CEO Kathleen Giles, Cattle Council of Australia Director Geoff Pearson and Goat Industry Council of Australia’s Fiona Landers discussed the challenges of advocacy, communicating knowledge and the need for collaboration.

The full-day LIVEXforum provided insights into the state of the trade, public perception, latest research in animal welfare, Australia’s global leadership and the impact of growing competition. The predominant theme throughout the day was the need for the industry to recognise the challenges from growing competition and adapt industry standards to current research and the changing nature of the trade.

Video recordings of all the presentations and panel sessions are now available for viewing here. We hope that you found the sessions as insightful as we did.

As part of the Coopers Sundowner Welcome BBQ and Drinks a select number of industry VIPs and Lifetime Achievers had the unique opportunity of touring Old Parliament House. Pictures of this event are available in the Photo Gallery.

The Gala Dinner was another huge success with the industry pulling together yet again at the charity auction to raise $44,000 in support of Lily Mackett, daughter of MENA Livestock Services Manager Joffrid Mackett, and Royal Far West, which works to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in rural and remote communities. A brochure with information on the charity beneficiaries and auction items can be viewed here. The great generosity of those who donated and purchased the auction items is commended.

Also during the Gala Dinner, two outstanding role models of the industry, Byron O’Keefe and Jim Stewart, were recognised and awarded the Young Achiever of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achiever Award, respectively. LiveCorp and ALEC, together with the industry as a whole, salute their efforts in building and sustaining the livestock export industry.

Finally, LiveCorp and ALEC acknowledge and thank the sponsorship of the many organisations whose support made this event possible.