LIVEXchange 2019: Welfare beyond borders was held on 30-31 October at The Ville Resort, Townsville, Queensland, providing a unique opportunity for industry stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the Australian livestock export trade.

The Australian Livestock Export Corporation (LiveCorp) and the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) hosted the conference, this year in conjunction with the Queensland Livestock Exporters’ Association (QLEA).

Two days of discussion and debate kicked off with a half-day producer forum and concluded with the annual gala dinner and charity auction. Industry also held a range of key meetings as part of the week.

The theme Welfare beyond borders is recognition of both progress to date and the need for ongoing effort. The conference pushed the boundaries of the industry’s thinking, invited new perspectives and took a hard look at how the industry is dealing with supply chain capabilities, animal welfare outcomes and market opportunities.

Townsville is one of the industry’s key ports, with strong growth in shipments over recent years. The economic contribution of the industry does not just affect producers but communities across Australia, through support businesses from vets to truck drivers to feed manufacturers and more.