The organisers of Australia's premier sheep and lamb conference, LambEx, have announced the event that was rescheduled for 2021 in Victoria, has been cancelled.
Conference Chair Georgina Gubbins said the uncertainty and risk associated with COVID-19 meant it was just not possible to progress plans further at this stage.
Ms Gubbins said, rather than postpone again, LambEx organisers had made the difficult decision to cancel, but plan to re-commence discussions with sponsors and exhibitors as soon as practicable to ensure LambEx continues as a significant sheep industry event.
"We know this news will be disappointing for many people right across the sheep industry and beyond," Ms Gubbins said.
"It is not a decision that has been taken lightly but we feel it is in the best interests of all involved at the moment to wait and resume planning at a later date.
"We are hugely appreciative of the ongoing support of all our sponsors, exhibitors and delegates and look forward to working with them to continue the LambEx tradition. LambEx has been running now since 2010 and has become a major focus for the industry both here and internationally.
"Organisers are committed to the event's future and are keen to put in place plans for when and where a future event might be held and what it might look like in a post-COVID environment."