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Government investigation finds Wellard compliant with ESCAS obligations

July 24, 2013 

Wellard Rural Exports welcomes a Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) investigation finding that Wellard complied with its regulatory obligations with a shipment of sheep to Pakistan in 2012 and that the issues encountered with the shipment were “beyond the control of Wellard and could not have been avoided through the exercise of all due care”.

Wellard provided its full co-operation to the comprehensive DAFF inquiry which found that: “Wellard complied with the conditions the NOI (Notice of Intention to Export), CRMP (Consignment Risk Management Plan) and ESCAS (Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System) approvals except when risks to personal safety or intervention by Pakistan authorities prevented Wellard from doing so”.

“Wellard is pleased that DAFF found the company had complied with its regulatory requirements and could not have foreseen the events that occurred,” said Wellard Managing Director and CEO Mauro Balzarini.

“However, the sadness created by the events that occurred in Pakistan has not diminished in time and nor has our commitment to keep improving international animal welfare standards.”

The DAFF investigation also confirmed that Wellard self-reported the ‘loss of control’ of the sheep in Pakistan and that the company worked closely with the Australian Government to attempt to regain control of the situation.

Wellard’s exports of sheep to Pakistan remain suspended.

 

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

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 and frozen meat.

Wellard Agri owns and operates eight farms covering 35,700 hectares across three principal 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 being more than 21,500 hectares, in total planting 23,500 hectares to a variety of grains and legumes. The other 6,100ha is devoted to sheep and cattle production, including the Hyfield Poll Merino stud at Kojonup. In addition, Wellard leases an additional 13,500ha for livestock and grain production.

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

 

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