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Wellard’s successful tie-up with Team USA in ISDE

October 7, 2012

The world’s leading sheep and cattle exporter, Wellard, has again occupied the winner’s podium in the world’s biggest off road racing event, the International Six Days Enduro, as part of its support of the United States team.

The company, which exports beef and dairy cattle from the United States, partnered the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) to support the 31 rider American team at this year’s ISDE in Germany.

Wellard and the riders were rewarded by the Junior Trophy Team consisting of Thaddeus Duvall, Travis Coy, Andrew Delong and Jesse Groemm, who battled out for six days on some of the harshest terrain Germany had to offer to place third.

The Saxony region of Germany was the setting for the 99th running of the ISDE, which started in 1913 and has become one of the most coveted prizes in the world of Enduro. The Wellard-supported junior riders, who were all under 23 years of age, consistently turned in some of the fastest times for the event and were rewarded with third outright for their efforts, just behind winners France and second placed Great Britain.

Wellard also supported a Club based team of its own, consisting of Fred Hoess, Jordan Brandt and Johnny Barber. The Wellard Club Team was the fastest American Club Team, placing 13th outright from the 80 teams entered in the World Club Team Cup.

C1 rider Fred Hoess has competed in 22 ISDEs and is second outright in the world for Gold medals, with 16 out of 22 he has attended. He lead the team and consistently put in the quickest special test stages. His experience and professionalism showed through for the entire week, as he claimed his 17th ISDE Gold.

C2 rider Johnny Barber had to deal with a massive crash and injury to his leg in the days just prior to commencement of the event, along with a series of small mechanical issues that plagued him over the course of the race. Even with the issues, he was able to claim a silver medal.     

Jordan Brandt was impressive with an 8th outright overall in the C3 division and scored a gold medal for his efforts. His tough never say die riding style saw him revel in the extreme conditions of the special tests and his pace on the trail was equal to the challenge.

Wellard has supported teams at the ISDE on a multinational level since 2007, when it first sent a team to La Serena in Chile. The company has assisted teams from Australia and New Zealand with great results and the Wellard ethos that passion and courage will win the day.

The mixture sport with business is part of Wellard’s corporate DNA and our commitment to community.

Wellard is growing its business interests in USA by exporting high quality cattle to overseas markets like Russia and Kazakhstan. Coincidentally, today one of Wellard’s technologically advanced, modern  livestock carriers is loading  4000 beef and dairy heifers out of Galveston, Texas, for Kazakhstan and Russia. Given Wellard’s previous sport and business relationship, an association wth young American athletes was always inevitable.

Evaluation of the Germany campaign will now take place along with potential planning for the 2013 Sardinia ISDE, where Wellard would like to send another Club team of its own and possibly look further into support of a national US team to consolidate our global spread.   

See pictures below:


Photos by Dario Agrati.

For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888
Mobile: +61 (0) 433 886 871
Email: cameron.morse@fticonsulting.com
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 and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

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