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Live Export Awards Recognise Young Wellard Talent

November 7, 2013

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Wellard Rural Exports rising talent Gemma Lomax was celebrated last night as she was awarded the 2013 Livestock Export Industry Young Achiever Award.

Gemma was honoured for her achievements and contribution to the live export industry and the broader agricultural sector as an outstanding and ongoing representative.

Gemma, an agriculture university graduate, joined Wellard in 2010 as a Coordinator for Wellard’s Queensland operations where she quickly became a vital member of the Wellard team. She went on to fills roles in livestock receivership, vessel loading management and undertook voyages as an on-board stockperson to South-East Asia.

“I am proud of my achievements and was honoured to be recognised at last night’s awards. I am truly humbled to join a long list of such ambitious and high-achieving young people from the livestock industry,” she said.

Gemma pays particular tribute to a three month period spent managing Wellard’s unique pilot cattle breeding program in the Philippines, believing it paid a significant part of her career development.

Wellard Rural Exports CEO Fred Troncone said Wellard was delighted to have played such an integral part of Gemma’s journey and has enjoyed working closely with her throughout her professional development.

“In an industry which is predominantly male-orientated, it is such a thrill to see Gemma recognised for her achievements. I have been fortunate enough to have worked closely with Gemma over the years and believe we have only just seen the beginning of what I am sure will be an illustrious career,” Mr Troncone said.

Wellard Rural Exports is the world’s biggest livestock exporter. Its livestock are transported on purpose-built, state of the art livestock carriers with superior feed, water and ventilation systems, and are cared for by experienced stockmen and stockwomen and a dedicated on-board crew. 


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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, 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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