Ensuring a sustainable future in the live cattle trade and making the most of new northern development opportunities will be the focus of a major industry event in Townsville next week.
The ‘Managing Risk: Securing the Future – Live Export Forum’ in Townsville on October 24, will feature a range of guest speakers and interactive sessions.
Queensland exports more than 20 per cent of the live cattle that make up Australia’s $1.35 billion industry to Indonesia and Vietnam. Cattle exports provide a key economic activity across northern Australia at a time when the development of this part of the nation is seen as important for our future economic growth.
This forum is an opportunity for cattle producers, exporters, traders, commercial partners, and government to come together to discuss how the live export sector is positioned now and where it is headed in the future.
Forum keynote speaker, Hancock Agriculture Chief Executive Officer and Acting CEO of Kidman & Co. David Larkin AM, will talk about opportunities to open new markets for northern Australia live exports.
David has an outstanding beef industry background, winning numerous export awards, and he played a pivotal role in free trade agreement negotiations with China, Japan and Korea, providing recommendations on behalf of the beef industry on preferred policy positions.
We are also pleased to have the CEOs of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council and Livecorp, Simon Westaway and Sam Brown, talking about the vision and direction of the industry.
Other topics on the agenda include new biosecurity and animal welfare requirements for the Livestock Production Assurance program, lay pregnancy testing of cattle, the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, and an overview of the Port of Townsville.
It promises to be an informative day discussing how we secure a sustainable future for the livestock export sector and benefit from emerging opportunities.
To register for the Townsville forum and for more information, visit the AgForce website ‘Events’ page.