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February/March 2020 Edition 
Upcoming YLEN Events
NTCA Conference Alice Springs Event!
The NTCA Conference is fast approaching and to celebrate one year since YLEN started, we have another fantastic event planned! Please visit the Facebook event for more information and to secure your spot, click here

Member Profile 
Brent Williams, Livestock Buyer for Central Stock Care

 
How did you get into the Live Export Industry?  My entry into the live export industry was a little unorthodox! I completed my schooling in Melbourne with no connection to livestock at all, however, I have always been very passionate about the agricultural industry. Once I had completed my education, I went to work on a cattle station in Far North Queensland near Normanton. From there, opportunities began to arise and I went onto work in a feedlot in Victoria with a capacity of 25,000 head of cattle. This experience allowed me to extend my knowledge in many sectors, including enhanced animal health and welfare in the feedlot environment. The opportunity came calling again, and I moved North to be based in Charters Towers where I now call home. I spent 6 years as a Livestock Agent and Auctioneer for a major Australian agency business, where I frequently supplied cattle into the live export trade. The chance to be directly apart of the Live Export sector opened to me when I was approached by Central Stockcare to take on a position as a Livestock Buyer. Central Stockcare is owned and managed by Dean and Katie Ryan from Western Australia. At Central Stockcare we provide a livestock purchasing service to one of Australia’s largest exporters, sending cattle into various international markets from all over Australia.

What does a typical day in your role involve?  I am not sure if there is such thing as a typical day in the live export industry! However, generally speaking, my role is quite varied. From the procurement of cattle, which involves liaising with numerous livestock agents and clients to see what cattle are available and if they are suitable to the Indonesian or Vietnamese trades, we supply livestock to. Once cattle purchases are confirmed and ready for delivery into export quarantine depots, I will attend the receivals of the cattle to make sure they meet our in-market client’s expectations as well as Government requirements. Once all the cattle have been received into the export depot, I will then present them to the selectors, who generally fly over to inspect their cattle for quality and suitability to their feedlot. After this has all been completed, I have a hand in organizing the loading of the livestock onto the vessel. From generating trucking and loading plans to attending the loading and then signing off on all Australian Government paperwork before the cattle can leave the country.

 If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting in the industry what would it be?  My first piece of advice is for the people that have an interest in our industry, however, are alike myself in my earlier years with little to no connection to livestock and may not have much experience. I am a firm believer in the fact that if you have the passion and the will to learn, do not be scared to have a go. The agricultural industry is very open to new people and one of the only industry’s which is willing to educate people as you go.
My other notable piece of advice is for those of us lucky enough to already be involved in the export trade. Whether you are starting out as a stockie onboard the vessels, or a livestock buyer or even in an administration role, always act as if you're being watched. The live export industry can be quite volatile and can attract bad publicity. To ensure the sustainability of the industry, we all need to act professionally in every task we complete and show the World the high standard of workmanship and compassion we have for our industry.

 What are your career goals? 
My future goal is to continue to always complete my role and responsibilities within industry to the highest standards, which can then have a small impact on making the live export trade a better place to work for everyone. I also have a goal to be a mentor one day to the younger generation that is coming through our sector. A major reason as to why I joined the Young Live Exporters Network as the QLD State Representative, is so that I can be there to answer any questions anyone may have and to be a part of any exciting new initiatives we think up collectively.

Tell us about your favorite memory/trip/opportunity that LE has given you?   I consider myself to be quite new to the industry as I have only been in my role for the past 18 months. My role is based heavily in Australia so the biggest opportunity I have had so far is to be able to grow my contact base and meet like-minded people. Having connections with a lot of people in the industry makes my day to day job a lot easier. If I ever have any questions, there is always someone I can connect with and seek advice from. I look forward to one day traveling to the countries we supply cattle to, where I can see the other side of the industry. The Young Live Exporters Network has over 100 members so far and is growing rapidly! All members, from all over Australia, can meet up throughout the year to network and broaden their contact base. Events like this are what I love about the Network and something I may not have been able to do previously should I have not had the opportunity to join YLEN.

 Why work in live export?
I guess the answer would be why not work in the live export industry? 
If you want to be mentally and physically tested every day and then rewarded at the end of it with happy clients, healthy livestock, and getting to work with people who are like-minded with similar passions to you every day, well this industry is for you.
Every year AgConnectWA hosts an annual cocktail party.  this year it is on the 28th of March at the Tradewinds hotel. If any members are interested in attending you are more then welcome to purchase an AgConnectWAs members priced ticket. Click here for the Facebook Event!
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Supply Chain and Logistics Coordinator
An excellent opportunity exists for a bright and positive Supply Chain and Logistics Coordinator to join AUSTREX Head Office team in Brisbane's CBD.  Working for AUSTREX, a leading Australian Exporter of Livestock, the successful candidate must possess a strong sense of responsibility and absolute integrity.  The successful candidate will be highly motivated to drive continuous improvement of the AUSTREX supply and distribution chain.  Click here to learn more about the current role with Central Agri Group!
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Joanna Plains Farm and Feedlot is located two hours north of Perth in Cataby W.A. Our property is a commercial cattle operation which comprises of a 10,000hd grain based backgrounding facility, 3,000hd NFAS accredited Feedlot, Two accredited live export depots, Three sets of working yards and over 20,000ac of paddock grazing. Click here to learn more about the current role with Central Agri Group!
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