Dr Donna Evans introduced our Year 12 Economics class to Mr Will Evans and Miss Kari Moffat, respected professionals in the livestock export industry. Our Economics students are presently learning about international economics and are researching trade agreements on a global scale.
Mr Will Evans is the most recent Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA). The NTLEA represents the interests of exporters and the supporting industry. He’s also the incoming CEO for the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association – beginning in the role next week.
Miss Kari Moffat is the Animal Welfare Assurance Manager at AUSTREX, a global leader in livestock export and supply chain management. AUSTREX invests heavily in training and innovation, working closely with suppliers and customers as an international animal welfare leader, and ensuring transparent practices. Kari is also Chair of the Young Live Exporters Network (YLEN), which aims to build networks and leadership through pathways of professional development within the livestock export supply chain.
Mr Evans delivered an introduction and history of the live export trade, outlining trade agreements and the non-tariff barriers to exporting. His insight is beneficial for our students as they gather research, ready for assessment in the unit.
Miss Moffat delivered an in-depth presentation about the animal welfare considerations and implications of live export. It was fascinating to learn about the level of care and respect taken with cattle from the time of acquisition from farmers, transportation to port, onboarding cattle to ships, care in transit and the discharge process to a humane end of life.
It is interesting to note that countries like Indonesia and Vietnam prefer the live export/import process due to a lack of trust in the supply of chilled products. Wet markets continue to be a preference with consumers as they know the product is fresh and free from tampering. The importation of live cattle is also a significant employer throughout South East Asia. Thousands of families throughout Asia rely on the industry, not only for food but for income.
It would be reassuring for our primary producers to be a part of the supply chain that respects animal welfare.
We thank Mr Evans and Miss Moffat for their time today, and for the impressive work they do in their chosen fields.
Mrs Tracey Kessels
Development Officer - Marketing