Sam Finlayson and Abbey Mallise were both selected by Angus Youth for the 2019 LIVEXchange Conference Scholarships, offered by the Angus Foundation. The conference took place on the 30th and 31st of October.
The LIVEXchange Conference was hosted by the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) and Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp) in conjunction with Queensland Livestock Exporters’ Association (QLEA).
Read their full reports from the event here:
On the 30th and 31st of October, myself and Abbey Mallise (3rd year UNE student) were fortunate to receive a bursary to attend the LIVEXchange (Live Export) conference in Townsville through Angus Youth Australia. Having come from a background in export (boxed beef) it was enlightening to experience an industry I previously knew very little about but have always had an interest in.
The LIVEXchange conference consisted of 2 days exploring the processes involved in the complete supply chain and the importance of transparency in such an industry. The morning of day 1 focused on the practicalities of ESCAS (Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System) and ASEL (Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock) whilst exploring the market outlook for the livestock export industry and in-market insights. The afternoon then focused on relevant environmental situations such as the floods, drought and fires. To conclude the day there was a panel discussion on sustainability and where the agricultural industry will sit in the future as the world’s population is expected to reach 10billion by 2050.
Day 2 saw the discussion on the approaching African Swine Fever and how it is expected to hinder the export market of pigs and the impact it will have on the beef exports in the future. The day finished with a panel of discussions wrapping up the past 2 days and where we can go from here. The evening events then kicked off at 6pm with networking drinks before we sat down for dinner at 7:30pm and the charity auction commenced later in the night.
The conference allowed me to mix with other likeminded individuals and network with other professionals in the industry of live export of which I previously had little experience but an industry that is so important to Australia, especially moving forward.
Lastly, I would like to thank Angus Youth Australia for the opportunity to attend the LIVEXchange conference as one of the 2 bursary recipients.
This year’s LiveEx conference hosted by LiveCorp, The Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) and the Queensland Livestock Exporters Association (QLEA) was held in Townsville during the dates of October 30th and 31st. As one of the two recipients of the Angus Australia 2019 LivExchange scholarships I was lucky enough to attend the conference and was presented with the opportunity to associate and interact with many industry professionals.
The main theme for the conference was Welfare beyond borders however, the program and discussion topics were diverse. Day one began with an MLA producer forum which covered a variety of topic areas including discussions on market outlooks and economic value of the export trade. Further discussions included the in-market insight which was presented by industry professionals representing Consolidated Pastoral Company/ JJAA Indonesia, MLA, QLEA and Stapleton pastoral company. This discussion provided a first-hand account of what happens within the markets and how this affect producers. The conversation presented by AUSTREX about the practicalities of ASEL (Australian standards for the export of livestock) and ESCAS (Exporter supply chain assurance system) focused largely on highlighting the impact of regulations on exporter producers. Both of these discussions were interesting and informative and gave Sam and I some great insight into some major topics in relation to the export industry. The afternoon session consisted of a flood recovery update and following this professor David Hughes from Imperial College London spoke about global food trends and their influence on live exports. A highlight from the afternoon was the discussion regarding “global challenges and opportunities”. It was fascinating to listen to the opinions of international importers from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in relation to future demand and competition for livestock and also the demand and competition for live animas v’s boxed/chilled/frozen meat.
Day two explored aspects of topics including the preparation of African swine fever and the importance of biosecurity, pregnancy diagnosis: risks myths and opportunities and vessel technology. The ‘beyond welfare’ discussion explored how the live export industry contributes to the welfare of communities both within Australia and in our markets. It was interesting to be exposed to the significant influence our export industry has on importing countries. The discussion further explored broader social issues and concerns including food security and the environment. Following further discussion on where the industry aims to progress in the future we were presented with the opportunity to network and socialise at a gala dinner and charity auction.
The conference was an informative and engaging two days and allowed me to gain further insight, knowledge and understanding into many aspects within the live export industry. I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to associate and interact with many new people whilst being exposed to many in-depth presentations given on interesting and unfamiliar topics. I hope I am able to utilise the connections and understanding gained from the conference within my future career in Agriculture. Whilst being in my final trimester of study the opportunity to attend the conference couldn’t have been presented to me at a better time, the conference definitely exposed me to a potential career industry. The experience was incredible and I cannot thank Angus Australia enough for allowing me the opportunity to attend such as great event.