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Peter Trefort inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame

Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 1.04.22 PMThe Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia is proud to announce that Peter Trefort, one of the foremost contributors to WA agricultural education, is the 2017 inductee to the Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Mr Trefort has worked in leadership roles across the agricultural industry throughout his life but his commitment and passion to foster the development of the secondary school agricultural education system in WA has been without peer.

His work is seen as being fundamental to the development of what are now known as the Western Australian Colleges of Agriculture, including his efforts to ensure large farm holdings at each college, development of relevant stud programs at each campus, upgrading educational machinery and technology, and his push to rebuild the Denmark and Morawa campuses.

A resident of Narrogin, he has decades of dedicated service to clubs and organisations in the region and the broader Great Southern area.

Mr Trefort received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Murdoch University (WA) in 2007 for his contributions to the WA meat industry. He is well known for his work in helping lamb producers develop a high quality lamb meat product available at a competitive price to consumers. This work saw Mr Trefort develop the Q Lamb label, which provided the motivation for significant industry change, and the price per kilo more than double within two years. By creating a prime lamb market in WA, he helped WA farmers realise that lamb meat was more than a wool by-product and was a high quality food that could sustain a healthy revenue stream.

“Peter’s dedication and vision have been central to the development of our robust agricultural education sector,” RASWA President Dr Rob Wilson said.

“It is his drive to reform and enhance education that has seen WA develop a world-class capacity for training and developing students into the agricultural leaders of tomorrow, and his induction to the Hall of Fame honours his tireless efforts.”

Peter Trefort is the 61st inductee to the Agricultural Hall of Fame, which was established by RASWA in 1999 to recognise the achievements of WA’s agricultural leaders. It is open to the public during the IGA Perth Royal Show (23-30 September 2017) and at other times of the year for group visits

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