Harvest Road Group was pleased to welcome world-leading cattle expert Professor Temple Grandin to Western Australia last week.
Dr Grandin is currently advising Harvest Road on a plan for its newly acquired site at Koojan Downs, near Moora, 170km north of Perth. The Group is developing a world-class feeding facility on the site, which will produce lines of premium WA beef for local and international markets.
The philosophy of the Koojan facility will be built on the innovative cattle husbandry practices of Dr Grandin. Her methods are recognised globally and deliver significant improvements to animal welfare.
Last week, Dr Grandin visited Harvest Road facilities, observed livestock, met with employees and attended the celebration of Harvey Beef’s 100-year anniversary.
“It has been a pleasure to visit Western Australia and see Harvey Beef’s farmers at work,” Dr Grandin said.
“It is clear that a passion for animal welfare drives the work of this organisation, from farmer to producer to customer.”
Harvest Road Group oversees the agrifood businesses of the Forrest Family’s Minderoo Group and is the parent company of Harvey Beef.
Minderoo Foundation co-founder Nicola Forrest AO spent time with Dr Grandin during her visit and said she was inspired by her insights.
“It was our pleasure to host Temple during her whirlwind trip to WA,” Ms Forrest said.
“Her passion for animal welfare is inspiring, and we are thrilled she is advising us on the way forward for Koojan.”
The new facility is planned to accommodate 40,000 cattle at one time and will supply the Harvey Beef processing facility with 100-day grain-finished cattle.
Harvest Road Group’s general manager of livestock and agriculture Kim McDougall is excited for the opportunity to continue to work closely with Dr Grandin.
“We want the Koojan facility to be a world leader in animal welfare,” Mr McDougall said.
“Temple’s knowledge of the animals and their needs is second to none, and we’re excited to learn from her,” Mr McDougall said.
Harvest Road’s Koojan Down facility is currently in a development phase, it is estimated the facility will be operational in 18 months.
Dr Grandin will continue to advise Harvest Road as work on the new facilities continues.