CATTLE Council of Australia chief executive David Inall is leaving Australia to start a new job with America's United Egg Producers.Mr Inall told Weekly Times Now he was leaving the Cattle Council of Australia knowing the live export industry was stronger after turmoil last year which saw a month-long ban to Indonesia.
After seven-year-and-a-half-years in the job, Mr Inall will leave the council in mid-January and start soon after in Georgia as the United Egg Producers deputy chief executive.
When asked about achievements while at the council, Mr Inall said the live export issues in the past year was the most significant the council had dealt with.
"It's been a tumultuous time in Australian agriculture and never before we have see the livestock industry on the front page of newspapers around the country for weeks on end," he said.
He said the industry had funded and worked on animal welfare issues for years in the trade and last year's work with the Federal Government had ensured the industry would become stronger.
"Without a doubt in my mind the live export trade is significantly stronger because it is a very important trade for both Australian livestock producers . . . and an important trade for our customers to their right to have a protein source."
He said relationships with governments "ebbed and flowed" depending on issues of the day but the council prided itself on ensuring it had on-farm quality and traceability to ensure the Federal Government could focus on trade arrangements.
Before joining Cattle Council, Mr Inall worked for LiveCorp as the live export manager for South East Asia and NSW Dairy Farmers Association in policy.