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Vale Motocross Champion Kurt Caselli

20 November 2013

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Wellard regrets that it has been advised that talented motocross rider Kurt Caselli has tragically died after crashing during the Baja 1000 racing event in Mexico.

Kurt was a member of the successful Wellard team at the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) this year and showed immense talent as a motocross competitor.

 “We are absolutely stricken by the news of losing Kurt. He was a wonderfully talented rider and quickly became part of the Wellard family, it is a sad day for everyone involved, but particularly Kurt’s family and friends,” said Wellard Chairman Mauro Balzarini.

“I would like to extend our deepest condolences on behalf of the entire Wellard team to Kurt’s family, who are in our thoughts during this tragic time.”

Kurt Caselli was a prominent name in the motocross world, having won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 American Motorcyclist Association National Hare and Hound Championships.

He was also named the 2007 AMA Sportsman of the Year and won several races, alongside his Wellard team members, at the association's ISDE competitions.

In only his second career international event since June this year, Kurt was victorious in the Desafio Ruta 40 Rally in Argentina. 

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888
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, 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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