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MEDIA RELEASE: LambEx 2012 program to tackle the big issues


29th March 2012

A program tackling the big issues for the sheep industry has been released for LambEx 2012, to be held in Bendigo on June 28/29.

Chief executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), Professor James Rowe, said the conference program addresses the barriers to greater productivity and profitability in the industry.

“The conference this year features a speaking program of local and international experts who will cover the latest in industry research and development,” Prof. Rowe said.

“This is a rare opportunity to learn from the insights and expertise of researchers, processors and leading lamb producers.

“The Sheep CRC’s input will focus on how genetic research can be adopted by commercial breeders, taking the opportunity to showcase latest developments at the Sheep CRC Breakfast Workshop on the 28th.”

The Sheep CRC is a major partner in LambEx 2012. Operating as part of the Federal Department of Innovation Industry Science and Research’s CRC program, it is a collaboration of industry, government and the commercial sector.

It is working to increase productivity and profitability of the industry through new technologies for adoption by both the meat and wool supply chains.

The final program is currently on-line at, however printed brochures and registration forms will soon be available from LambEx major partners JBS, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, MLA and AWI, as well as the Sheep CRC.

The LambEx program has a strong contingent of international speakers from the processing, distribution and consumer sectors, each charged with challenging Australian perspectives and modes of operation.

According to chair of the organising committee Jason Trompf, the finished program is a reflection on the industry’s vision to ensure all sectors of the lamb supply chain are brought together under the banner of ‘unite and excite’.

“We have been keen to strike a balance between providing a speaking program of internationals that are otherwise unavailable to our Australian lamb producers, but also to provide the very best in Australian content in order to share the successes of our researchers, processors and leading lamb producers here,” Mr Trompf said.

The action-packed two-day conference program will commence with the Sheep CRC Genomics Breakfast Workshop on the morning of June 28, with delegates moving directly from this to the official conference opening.

LambEx will be augmented by a significant trade show, and an interactive demonstration of the JBS mobile boning room, which will take centre stage in the demonstration area.

Also expected to be a talking point is the AWI Grandslamb Dinner held on the night of June 28, which offers an opportunity for the lamb industry to celebrate its successes whilst enjoying a lamb dinner.

Meanwhile, LambEx media partner Rural Press is working with Marnoo based stud Glendemar and will offer 50 preg-tested ewe lambs with a value estimated to be around $10,000 as part of a door prize. Entry forms for the Glendemar ewe lambs will be available in coming issues of Rural Press publications.

Registrations for LambEx are now open, with significant early bird discounts available for farmers registering before June 1.

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Media contact: Janelle Holzberger: 02 6773 2927


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