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Former Vic premier Napthine to speak on animal welfare at Livestock SA dinner

Sheep Central, June 20, 2016

Livestock SA logo June 2016FORMER Victorian Premier and rural veterinarian Dr Denis Napthine will share his unique insights on the politics of animal welfare at Livestock SA’s Southern Region annual general meeting dinner meeting at The Barn Steakhouse at Mount Gambier next month.

A special combined workshop will also be held before the AGM and dinner on Wednesday July 27 to provide an update and consultation on the SA Sheep Industry Blueprint and the Southern Australian Meat Research Council. The workshop will also be held at The Barn Steakhouse from 4pm.

Dr Napthine, who is based at Port Fairy in Victoria, worked as a rural veterinarian prior to entering Victorian State Parliament in 1988. He represented the regional south-west corner of Victoria for more than 25 years, including many years as a frontbencher and culminating in a period as premier from 2013-2014.

Livestock SA Southern Region secretary Tom Dawkins said Dr Napthine’s presentation would be very timely and highly relevant for livestock producers in south east South Australia.

“We’re particularly fortunate to be able to draw on the wisdom and significant experience of someone like Dr Napthine, with a professional background as both a rural veterinarian and a political leader who spent decades representing regional communities and the livestock sector.

“Our industry is more aware now than ever about the community’s interest in livestock welfare and we welcome this valuable opportunity to discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities arising from the ongoing discussion about animal welfare,” Mr Dawkins said.

The dinner meeting will commence at 7pm, with pre-dinner drinks from 6pm. A three-course meal will be available at the special price of $50.

Members and guests are asked to confirm their attendance as possible, with final RSVPs to be accepted on Friday, July 22. Members should liaise with the secretary regarding any matters or interest or policy motions.

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