LambEx 2018 today released its program featuring a fantastic line-up of international and Australian speakers who will present on an array of local and global issues for the sheep and lamb industry.
LambEx 2018 returns to Perth from August 5-7 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Conference Chair Bindi Murray said LambEx 2018 was shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.
“We have a fantastic program and an amazing line-up of speakers from across the globe who will provide a thought-provoking and insightful look at the lamb and sheep industry in Australia and internationally,” she said.
“LambEx 2018 keynote speakers are internationally recognised including CEO for The Center for Food Integrity Charlie Arnot and Beef and Lamb New Zealand Independent Director Melissa Clark-Reynolds. We are also excited to welcome James Rebanks from the Lake District of the UK.”
James is a modern day shepherd who has gained a flock of more than 80,000 followers on Twitter. An Oxford graduate and author with a passion for his Herdwick sheep, his story will inspire all those with a passion for farming a family property.
Other experts to speak include:
* AuctionsPlus CEO Anna Speer will answer the question whether farmers can expect ‘amazon-style’ disruption in livestock marketing in years to come and how the company has spent 30 years trying to disrupt the way farmers trade livestock.
* Consultant Jason Trompf will navigate potentially the best opening session at LambEx yet with a look at the achievements and leakages of the sheep supply chain … and what can be done about it.
* Meat & Livestock Australia’s Lisa Sharp will discuss the new generation consumer through the lens of making sure we produce what they want.
The LambEx program also features a number of social events including the Fletcher International Exports Welcome Function, breakfasts hosted by Sheep CRC, AusWest Seeds, Boehringer Ingelheim and Gallagher. The highlight of the program will be the Virbac International Pre-Dinner Drinks followed by AWI’s GrandsLamb Dinner with a delicious array of melt-in-your-mouth food, fun, entertainment and networking.
Early-bird registrations are open and rates are $500 for farmers, $400 for students and $625 for service providers and industry representatives. There are further savings for producers who book in groups of 10.
Associate Professor Graham Gardner from Murdoch University will emcee LambEx. Graham’s intimate knowledge of the Australian sheep and lamb industry will certainly add to the program.
“All sectors of the lamb industry have come together to build on LambEx’s previous success and ensure the Australian sheep and lamb industry continues its proud tradition of showcasing its industry,” Mrs Murray said.
LambEx 2018 Major Event Partners are the WA Government Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Meat & Livestock Australia, and WAMMCO International.
Other major sponsors include Fairfax Agricultural Media, Fletcher International Exports, Australian Wool Innovation, Virbac Australia, Rabobank and Boehringer Ingelheim.
There has already been strong interest in the LambEx 2018 Young Guns Competition with $13,000 worth of prizes being offered. The competition aims to reward and encourage young and upcoming producers, industry professionals and scientists to consider a future or ongoing career in the Australian lamb industry.
“It’s never been a more profitable time to be a lamb producer. In the past 12 months sheep, lamb and wool prices have risen to some of the highest levels they’ve ever been,” Mrs Murray said.
“LambEx 2018 will continue to highlight how our industry has grown, and what steps producers and industry stakeholders can continue to take to ensure a lift in production and subsequent profits.
“It’s the first time in almost a decade that LambEx has returned to WA, and I encourage everyone to make sure they take advantage of the great early-bird rates. The two previous LambEx events in 2014 and 2016 were nearly sell outs so we’re encouraging people who want to attend to get in early and register,” Mrs Murray said.
Picture - Bindi Murray