Six outstanding grower finalists, 2000 kilometres and approximately 700 questions later, the cotton awards grower judging tour is complete. From Gunnedah to Wee Waa to Miles to Mungindi to Warren and finally to Griffith, the calibre of the cotton farming operations visited was incredible. Innovative, productive, efficient, professional and clean farms employing best management practices (BMP) wherever possible.
Thank you to the growers and their families for welcoming the judging tour on farm and showing them the inner workings of each operation. The future of the industry could not be in better hands and the contributions these growers are making to industry is invaluable. The judges have an extremely difficult task ahead, but thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet the finalists.
We can’t say too much about the results at this stage, but we can confirm the judges were extremely impressed by the kindness and true country hospitality of the hosts. The judges were also made feel extra welcome by some of the friendliest farm dogs they had ever met.
Thanks to each of the growers for answering all questions both on and off the camera. They were all great sports and even agreed to dress up 1920s style for the awards night films! More to come, watch this space.
Thanks again Rod Smith (Gunnedah, ‘Ruvigne’), Mark Cathcart (CSD Farms, Wee Waa), Ross Uebergang (‘Tinobah’ Miles), Maurice Pearce and Simon Cornish (Corish Management, Yattlewondi, Talwood), Andrew Dickson (Marebone, Warren) and Matt and Daisy Toscan (Cavaso Farming, Darlington Point).