Rip­per end to the crush

Fi­nal tally pips 2013 to­tal by just 180kg to make for a suc­cess­ful sea­son

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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