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RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner Catherine Marriott joins Wellard

July 09, 2012

Wellard Rural Exports (“Wellard”) has invested in even greater animal welfare and production performance through the appointment of Catherine Marriott as Projects and Animal Welfare Manager.

Catherine is the winner of the 2012 WA Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award, which recognises and encourages rural women’s contribution to primary industries, resource development and rural Australia.

She has extensive experience in the agriculture industry, and previously worked as a consultant for Wellard on board the company’s ships and providing advice to end-market clients. She specialises in animal nutritional formulations and advice, supply chain assurance, welfare systems and feedlot management.

“We are pleased that Catherine has accepted a permanent role with the company and will work with all divisions to continuously improve the performance and welfare of our livestock,” said Wellard Rural Exports General Manager Fred Troncone.

In addition to providing advice and implementation to Wellard on animal welfare and performance, Catherine will also develop training materials and delivery of training courses on these topics and conduct additional animal welfare checks and reviews of facilities in Australia and internationally.

“We are confident that Catherine’s enthusiasm and dedication to the rural sector will make a valued contribution to Wellard,” Mr Troncone said.

Catherine joined Wellard on July 1st. Her first task is to formulate an improved  feed ration for cattle Wellard recently shipped to a feedlot in the Philippines.

“I’m pleased to be working for a company that holds integrity, people and animal welfare in such high regard,” Catherine said.

“Animal welfare has been a major part of my life, through my direct involvement in beef production and as a consultant to the industry. I am very excited to assist continuous improvement in this all important area at Wellard as well as providing input into live export industry strategy.

“I find it very rewarding working in cultures that are different to mine, the people and animals are why I bounce out of bed in the morning.”

For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9386 1233
Mobile: +61 433 886 871
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 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 and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

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