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MV Ocean Drover commences unloading of sheep

September 5, 2012

Wellard advises that the unloading of 22,000 sheep from the MV Ocean Drover has commenced.

The sheep are being discharged into an ESCAS compliant supply chain which is ISO and HACCP accredited and meets OIE standards – ensuring Australian and international animal welfare standards are adhered to.

An Australian Government accredited veterinarian, an independent veterinarian accredited by Organisation of International Epizooties (World Animal Health Organisation) and a leading international veterinarian specialising in animal welfare are overseeing the health status of the consignment and unloading of the vessel, with support from an additional five Wellard staff.

Exporters are required to possess an alternate discharge point before they commence aggregating livestock for export. Wellard’s ability to identify and unload safely in that alternate market within days, and in accordance with Australian and international animal welfare standards, proves the system works.

The welfare of the animals at all times has been maintained at the highest levels in keeping with our company standards. While on board the sheep have been cared for by an AQIS accredited veterinarian, two Livecorp accredited stockmen and 47 on-board officers and crew.

The mortality rate on-board the vessel which remains well below the Australian Government specified upper limit.

At the port of unloading the animals were inspected and cleared for import by local quarantine authorities.

The ability to discharge into an ESCAS accredited supply chain which meets OIE standards guarantees the animal welfare outcomes required by Wellard and the Australian Government.

For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9386 1233
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, 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 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, Wongan Hills and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

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