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Wellard Star of the West Campdraft 2012

November 9, 2012

The much anticipated Wellard Star of the West Campdraft will be held from 16 to 18 November 2012, at the Boar Swamp Arena on the McLarty family’s historic Blythwood property, south of Pinjarra.

Supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation, the Wellard Star of the West Campdraft has become a favourite event for many in Western Australia.

Following a successful 2011 event, Wellard is expecting another great turnout this year with 230 competitors currently registered.

Similar to last year, draft entrants from across the state will be competing in Restricted Open, Open, Novice, Maiden, Junior, Juvenile and Encouragement.

Draft Co-ordinator, Rhys Morrissey, said that The Wellard Star of the West Campdraft has rapidly become a highlight of the WA campdraft calendar.

“There are great displays of horsemanship and stockmanship and intense competition throughout the draft,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic event for competitors and spectators alike and an enjoyable weekend is always had by all.”

There will be a free barbeque dinner on Friday, November 16th with competitors and spectators invited to attend and a bar will also operate across the weekend. Live music from the Sweet Sister band will mark the conclusion of the draft on Saturday evening. 

The Wellard Star of the West judging panel this year consists of Russel Richter, Rhys Morrissey and Neil Bryce.

Spectator entry is by gold coin donation and all entrance proceeds will be gifted to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation.

Competitors in the Wellard Star of the West are competing for prize money in excess of $10,000 over the weekend – one of the biggest campdrafting prize pools in Western Australia.

More information is available at www.wellard.com.au and on the Wellard Star of the West Campdraft Facebook page.

For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888
Mobile: +61 (0) 433 886 871
Website: www.wellard.com.au

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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, 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 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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