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Live export to Qatar all smooth sailing

18 October 2012

Wellard’s purpose built vessel, the MV Ocean Drover, has successfully discharged more than 60,000 sheep in Qatar.

The export consignment was one of the first consignments cleared for export approval after trade related issues were experienced in Bahrain and Pakistan.
Wellard Rural Exports CEO Fred Troncone said the voyage and discharge in Qatar was efficient, safe and incident free.

“Both our importer and quarantine officials in Qatar were very happy with the health and quality of the sheep,” Mr Troncone said.

“They have been buying sheep from Wellard for 25 years, and value the quality and supply of Australian livestock.”

As required under Australian export regulations, the sheep have been discharged for feeding and processing into an Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS)-accredited supply chain, which complies with World Animal Health Organisation standards. Compliance with those standards will be subject to audit and enforcement.

The sheep will be processed for consumption during the Muslim religious Festival of Eid. Consumers will be able to buy carcases (not sheep) direct from the abattoir.

Mr Troncone said the voyage was smooth and uneventful, which had been reported back to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in the on-board veterinarian’s mandatory end of voyage report.

For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888
Mobile: +61 (0) 433 886 871
Website: www.wellard.com.au

Background – Wellard Rural and Trading

Wellard is a world leader in the production and distribution of livestock and grain.

Its two largest subsidiaries are Wellard Rural Exports, Australia’s largest livestock exporter and ship owner, and Wellard Agri, a large mixed farming land owner and operator specialising in the production of grains, legumes and livestock.

Wellard Rural Exports has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 30 years, and its investment in the live export industry is without peer.  Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, the company’s operations cover every aspect of the export chain, including feed milling, livestock aggregation, road transport, feedlot facilities throughout Australia and modern shipping.

The company’s flagship carrier, the MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), is a purpose-built livestock carrier capable of carrying 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.  She was commissioned in 2002.

Two new, technologically advanced, purpose-built vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman and the MV Ocean Outback, were launched in 2010. They offer unparalleled levels of safety for the livestock, crew and vessel, and can transport 7000 cattle, 25,000 sheep, or a combination of both.

Wellard’s abattoir, Beaufort River Meats, processes up to 2500 sheep and lambs a day, enabling Wellard to meet customer demand for both livestock and chilled meat.
Wellard Agri owns and operates eight farms covering 33,000 hectares across three agri-hubs. The two northern hubs are located at Dongara and Watheroo in Western Australia’s central midlands and one is located at Kojonup in the Great Southern region of WA.

The Dongara hub is home to The Grange, a 14,500 hectare property which is considered one of Western Australia’s blue chip farming properties.
The remaining landholding totals more than 18,000 hectares, of which 14,000 hectares is cropped to a variety of grains and legumes. The other 4000ha is devoted to sheep production, including the famous Hyfield Poll Merino stud at Kojonup. In addition, Wellard leases an additional 14,500ha for livestock and grain production.

Wellard Agri also has operations in the farm machinery sector, through management of the CLAAS Harvest Centres at Katanning, Wongan Hills and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

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