AWARDS NIGHT FOR COT­TON

Hun­dreds turn out for award night

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

MORE than 350 peo­ple in the cot­ton in­dus­try gath­ered at the Dalby Show­grounds on Fri­day night to cel­e­brate the past 12 months.

The Dar­ling Downs Cot­ton Grow­ers Awards have been run­ning for more than 20 years.

Awards or­gan­iser Ge­off McIntyre said the evening al­ways proved a hit for farm­ers as well as their fam­i­lies.

“It went re­ally well, it was a good night and ev­ery­one en­joyed them­selves,” Mr McIntyre said.

“We were busy the whole time, it was quite hec­tic but great fun.”

Not only is the func­tion about recog­nis­ing peo­ple who have had an out­stand­ing 12 months and catch­ing up with old friends, it pro­vides a chance for in­di­vid­u­als to net­work and share knowl­edge.

“It’s good be­cause ev­ery­one can share in­for­ma­tion around with each other, so it’s help­ful in that sense as well,” Mr McIntyre said.

“It’s sat­is­fy­ing get­ting to­gether and cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son and peo­ple who have done well over the past year.”

Steve and Ja­cob Lit­tle took out the ANZ High­est Ir­ri­gated Yield Award with 14.82b/ha this year, while Scott and Mitchell Seis col­lected the ANZ High­est Dry­land Yield Award.

The Greg McVeigh Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for Out­stand­ing Yield went to Damien Eb­bern, while Sam Lee went home with the Dalby Ru­ral Sup­plies Young Achiever Award and Greg and Maryann Ben­der took out the Van­der­field Grower of the Year Award.

The Dar­ling Downs Cot­ton Grow­ers are cur­rently work­ing on a field day to be held at the Ben­ders prop­erty.

❝ It’s sat­is­fy­ing get­ting to­gether and cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son. — Ge­off McIntyre

PHOTO: ANGE STIR­LING

SCRUBBED UP: Dalby Ru­ral Sup­plies’ An­drew John­ston presents the Young Achiever Award to Sam Lee.

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