Wednesday 13th Dec, 2017

Sheep producer insight into Middle East markets

L to R: Sheepmeat Council of Australia CEO, Dr Kat Giles; SCA President, Jeff Murray; MLA international business manager Nick Meara; and SCA Vice-President, Allan Piggott in Oman in July.
L to R: Sheepmeat Council of Australia CEO, Dr Kat Giles; SCA President, Jeff Murray; MLA international business manager Nick Meara; and SCA Vice-President, Allan Piggott in Oman in July.

SHEEPMEAT Council of Australia (SCA) representatives are to share producers’ perspectives of livestock export supply chains in the Middle East at the upcoming LIVEXchange 2017 Conference in Perth.

SCA chief executive, Dr Kat Giles, and outgoing president, Jeff Murray, are to participate in a panel session at the livestock export industry conference, discussing a recent tour of Arabian Gulf live sheep markets.

Dr Giles said she was looking forward to sharing her observations from the supply chain tour.

“The logistics of our $230m annual live sheep trade to the Middle East are hard to fully appreciate until you’ve followed the supply chain through to the point of slaughter in-market,” Dr Giles said.

“As a veterinarian and animal nutritionist, as well as a representative of Australia’s sheep producers, I was pleased to see first-hand the livestock systems in place at the facilities we visited.”

LIVEXchange 2017 is to be held at Crown Towers, Perth, on November 15-16.

It is expected to attract more than 400 stakeholders including producers, exporters, research scientists, industry and political leaders, and commercial investors from Australia and overseas.

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