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Click goes the Shearer at Wellard

29 June 2015

It is not the dollars, it is animal welfare that is paramount when you are talking about managing sheep, and in its 35 years of operation Wellard has handled more that 32 million sheep.

With such a large and longstanding involvement in Australia’s sheep industry Wellard is acutely aware that the shearer plays a crucial role in the management of sheep and their valuable fleece.

The right wool length is important for transport and spinning, the right time of shearing is important for profitability. And aesthetically, a well shorn sheep looks great in its fresh, white coat. It is the Shearer who makes this difference.

“Wellard has always paid attention to the selection of its Shearer and in their ability to carry out such an important job efficiently, proficiently and with the right focus on animal welfare. Hour after hour, run after run, sheep after sheep, they need to consistently demonstrate a good track record,” said Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini.

“But shearing is a hard and wearing job and even the best of Shearer needs to take a rest, and when the time is right, retire to preserve his or her body. So, with regret, in the past Wellard had to say goodbye to the Shearer, and us much as it was a big and long blow, the Company has kept a firm eye on the future to ensure a young replacement of the Shearer is even better and is as skilled and committed to the best welfare outcomes…like its predecessor.

“Good shearers are the product of natural skill, attention to detail and the right training from the beginning, even if this means they’re not ringing the shed immediately.

“After combing the world for the best replacement Shearer, it has been identified in the catching pen, its just needs a bit more time before it can start contributing to the Australia’s sheep industry.”


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 35 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.

Three technologically advanced, purpose-built vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman, MV Ocean Outback ( launched in 2010) and Ocean Ute (purchased in 2014) offer unparalleled levels of safety for the livestock, crew and vessel, and can transport 7000 cattle, 25,000 sheep each, 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.

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