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Wellard gets its own kelpie

Wellard is getting a new kelpie.

Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini said the company had been doggedly searching to get its paws on a new ‘man’s best friend’, and had scoured breeders to find one with the right conformation and constitution.

“We’ve gone for a kelpie with an impeccable pedigree,” Mr Balzarini said. “The pup has been conceived and we are patiently waiting for her to come into the world. It comes from a long line of hard workers, particularly skilled at rounding up livestock and getting them moving in the right direction.

“More than anything, it will have the stamina to work stock for days and days, and our kelpie will be judged less on its size and more on its performance around animals.”

Mr Balzarini said any self-respecting Australian rural business should have a well-trained workaholic kelpie, and now Wellard can boast an addition to its pack.

“It was a revelation when I realised that while we had a Ute, we lacked a kelpie to complement it. We looked around for the best breeder and drove a hard bargain to make sure that we will get the pick of the litter.”

“Kelpies of this quality aren’t cheap, but I made sure we weren’t getting a pup,” Mr Balzarini said.


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 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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