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Wellard’s Garry Robinson and Catherine Marriott to speak at Meat Profit Day

August 17, 2012

Wellard Rural Exports General Manager of Middle East & North Africa, Garry Robinson, and Projects and Animal Welfare Manager, Catherine Marriott, will be among the keynote speakers at the 2012 WA Southern Meat Profit Day in Albany, Western Australia.

With a theme of ‘Growing to meat the future’, the Meat Profit will be held at the Albany Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012. Wellard is proud to be the Major Sponsor for this year’s Meat Profit Day, given its experience as a live sheep and cattle exporter, and beef, sheepmeat and live cattle and sheep producer.

Hosted by MLA, Meat Profit Days are held to assist red meat producers with the profitability of their business and provide insights to the latest industry research and new products and trends. An exciting panel of industry speakers have been secured for the Albany event.

Mr Robinson’s keynote presentation, ‘Live export, the new world order!’ will highlight the Australian livestock export industry’s entry into a period of significant change. A high Australian dollar, strong livestock prices and unprecedented regulatory oversight means exporters and producers need to refine their business models to remain competitive on the world stage. With global demand for red meat protein on the rise, Australian exporters are exploring new opportunities to build their businesses and maintain markets for Australian livestock around the globe.

The program includes interactive presentations, a red meat supply chain tour and four modules with several engaging speakers. Ms Marriott, who is speaking in her capacity as WA RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year, will focus on ‘Agriculture, Amazing stories, amazing people’ within the ‘Meating the future’ module.

Western Australian Agriculture and Food Minister, The Hon Terry Redman and Craig Heggaton Chair of the Meat Profit Day Committee will provide the opening address. MLA’s Managing Director Scott Hansen will kick off the keynote presentations with his topic: Future challenges and opportunities facing the WA red meat industry.

Please click here to view the Meat Profit Day itinerary.  

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, Wongan Hills, Geraldton and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

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