Live Export

Animal welfare speakers prominent in live export conference lineup

Sheep Central, September 20, 2016
Professor David Mellor

Professor David Mellor

ANIMAL welfare experts lead the speaker lineup at the 2016 LIVEXforum conference in Canberra next month.

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive officer Simon Westaway said the LIVEXforum on October 26-27 in Canberra’s QT Hotel will cover key industry issues, with guest speakers to discuss advocacy, regulation, animal welfare and global food production. The theme of conference is ‘Striking the social balance: Regulation, Accountability and Profitability’.

One of the world’s leading animal welfare scientists, Professor David Mellor, will speak about new ways of thinking about animal welfare, incorporating themes such as ‘freedoms’, ‘provisions’, aligned ‘welfare aims’ and ‘lives worth living’.

Another leading animal welfare scientist, Dr Teresa Collins, will provide an update on how science-based measurements can inform and improve animal welfare through the livestock export industry’s research and development agenda.

RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil will participate in a panel discussion hosted by The Daily Telegraph’s rural reporter Samantha Townsend, addressing outrage in the community. Panel members include Consolidated Pastoral Company CEO Troy Setter, Australian Pork Limited CEO Andrew Spencer and risk communications expert Kelly Parkinson.

Experienced agribusiness litigator and adviser Dr Michael Maxwell will draw on his involvement with the livestock export industry in his presentation on how regulation impacts the live trade.

Competition in the farm sector will be addressed by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Agriculture Commissioner Mick Keogh. Rabobank analyst Angus Gidley-Baird will share his insights into peak global food production and the dynamics of export supply chains.

Mr Westaway said the LIVEXforum 2016 program reflected the industry’s commitment to ongoing reform and continuing to be a global leader in all facets of the livestock export supply chain.

“ALEC and LiveCorp look forward to hosting a lively and topical discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing our $2 billion industry.”

Co-host will be industry service provider LiveCorp.

For more information and to register:

Source: ALEC.


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