AUSTRALIA’S premier sheep and lamb conference, LambEx, has been postponed for 12 months due to the growing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Organisers had planned to hold the 2020 conference for the first time in Victoria since 2012, on 1-3 July, at the Melbourne Showgrounds, but new dates for the next Lambex have been set at 30 June-2 July 2021.
Conference chair Georgina Gubbins says while it is disappointing for all involved, the decision has been made in the best interests of protecting delegates’ health and our whole industry.
“Due to the current circumstances, LambEx organisers have made the decision because we have a responsibility to ensure the well-being of all involved,” she said.
“We want to ensure that when sponsors, exhibitors and delegates come to LambEx, they can book with confidence knowing that everything will proceed as scheduled and the current environment is too uncertain.”
LambEx organisers are currently working with the Melbourne Showgrounds to lock-in arrangements for 2021 to secure spaces to host 1100 delegates and 10,000 square metres for exhibition and networking.
“Since 2010, LambEx has grown to become a much-anticipated event and a highlight in the industry calendar.
“Now that industry will wait another year to attend, we’re anticipating delegates will flock from all over Australia, New Zealand and internationally to make LambEx 2021 the biggest event in LambEx history,” Ms Gubbins said.
“We are viewing this as an opportunity to build on the 15 months of planning the committee has invested to date to provide the industry with an even bigger and better event than we had originally planned.
“The committee will take the additional year to plan and ensure LambEx 2021 is not only the event you know and love, but will deliver to delegates an engaging program that focuses on developing our greatest asset – the people in our industry,” she said.
“I encourage all of industry to save 30 June to 2 July 2021 in your diaries, LambEx 2021 will be a conference not to be missed.”
I hve every intention to visit from the UK. Our biennial National Sheep Event on 28th July is in jeopardy of postponing to our autumn /winter. Could be a ‘silver lining’, moving away from cereal harvest season, similar to Australia /NZ. I visited Sheepvention, Australian Sheep and Wool Show and conference at Charles Sturt University in 2019. All great events and with all the extra planning time for Lambex 2021, I’m sure it will be to. Good luck and stay safe.