Cane growers invest in future of their industry
BUOYED by several successful seasons and a positive outlook for the domestic sugar market, the Lower Richmond Harvesting Co-operative has invested in a new harvester.
Mark Graham-Jones from the Lower Richmond Harvesting Co-operative said buying a new cane harvester was a major capital investment, but one the growers had committed to “wholeheartedly”.
“Adding state-of-the art machinery such as this CASE machine ensures we continue to operate our harvesting business at its peak level and deliver returns to our growers and our local industry.”
Standout features of the latest Austoft harvester from Case IH include a “smart cruise” engine that optimises fuel use, single joystick steering and transmission control and an extended topper, designed for tall cane.
The new machine boasts efficiencies in fuel consumption, reduced plant and soil disturbance and reduced cane loss.
Peter Shannon of Shannon Brothers Engineering at Harwood delivered the machine for the much anticipated start of the 2017 harvest season.
“It’s great to see the local cane industry in such a strong position. Not only do the growers appreciate the good times, but their success and optimism flows through to local business and the community,” he said.
Some 720,000 tonnes of cane is expected to be harvested in the Richmond Valley and processed at the Broadwater mill this year.
CONFIDENCE: Peter Shannon of Shannon Bros, Mark Graham-Jones from the Lower Richmond Cane Harvesting Co-op, and Lawrence Polga of Case.