Ripper end to the crush
Final tally pips 2013 total by just 180kg to make for a successful season
A SENSE of eeriness is not one usually associated with the end of crushing, but that is exactly how it was at Isis Central Sugar Mill.
The final bin (number 0556) was tipped at 2.22am on Thursday morning, and the final yield totalled 1,164,001.56 tonnes.
For the mill it was an outstanding result, especially given early forecasts predicted this year’s crush would be as low as 950,000 tonnes.
Instead, the season total surpassed 2013’s but by just 180kg.
CEO John Gorringe attributed the good result largely to the field staff.
“Field staff had worked hard over the last few weeks to ensure all sound cane was harvested and were aiming to beat last season’s tonnage,” Mr Gorringe said.
He applauded harvesting contractors and the mill who sourced cane multipliers, as well as the growers who engaged the concept and utilised these on poorer crops with great success.
Where the difference-making 180kg came from will be the source of many individual
stories, said Mr Gorringe, but the CEO put it down to the combined attitude of all involved.
“I believe that it was the spirit in which we all engaged in that led to this better-than-expected result,” Mr Gorringe said.
He praised the reliability of the factory and cane transport network, and attributed the minimal lost time to the dedicated staff and employees.
The factory now moves into maintenance mode in preparation for next season’s crop, which has already benefited from recent heavy rainfall.
It is believed the rainfall has laid a good platform for early growth, and the district is anticipating the 2015 season.