Cat­tle graz­ing and forestry an award­win­ning blend

Na­tional Tree Farmer of the Year

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

ROGER AND Outhay Poltock have been named as the 2016 Na­tional Tree Farm­ers of the Year at the Aus­tralian For­est Grow­ers Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Launce­s­ton. The award, in­clud­ing a $5000 cash prize, is spon­sored by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Water Re­sources and is widely con­tested.

“The in­de­pen­dent panel that as­sessed en­tries this year was very im­pressed with the qual­ity of ap­pli­cants,” said Dr Kevin Hard­ing, Pres­i­dent of Aus­tralian For­est Grow­ers.

“In the end, the re­sult was very close - but we are ex­cited by the great work done on Roger and Outhay’s prop­erty and they are wor­thy win­ners.”

Mr Poltock runs a mixed farm­ing en­ter­prise of live­stock/graz­ing and forestry at Wil­mot in Tas­ma­nia. Wil­mot is 129 km from Launce­s­ton via Devon­port, 310 km from Ho­bart via West­bury and La­trobe, and 40 km from Devon­port.

The prop­erty com­prises 170ha of which 50ha is plan­ta­tion /for­est and 120ha for graz­ing about 200 beef cat­tle.

Kevin Hard­ing said, “The prop­erty is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of how re­turns can be max­imised by sus­tain­ably us­ing dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties of the land, in a sin­gle hold­ing, for dif­fer­ent pur­poses - in this case cat­tle graz­ing and forestry,” Dr Hard­ing said.

The award was pre­sented at the AFG Con­fer­ence Din­ner by Ian Rus­coe, Di­rec­tor of the RFA Re­view team in the Forestry Branch of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Water Re­sources in front of an au­di­ence of well over 200 del­e­gates. This in­cluded the most re­cent 2014 win­ners Con­nie and Marty Winch-Buist from Western Aus­tralia who par­tic­i­pated in the in­de­pen­dent panel to se­lect this year’s win­ner.

The Na­tional Tree Farmer of the Year Award is awarded ev­ery two years and hon­ours landown­ers or pri­vate for­est man­agers who have es­tab­lished or main­tained ar­eas of for­est on their prop­erty for the pur­poses of com­merce, pro­tec­tion of water catch­ments and/ or crops, or for rea­sons of preser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­sity or a par­tic­u­lar for­est ecosys­tem.

The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion is based on State nom­i­na­tions that are sub­mit­ted and judged each year. States are then asked to nom­i­nate their se­lected can­di­date to com­pete in the bi­en­nial Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion with the win­ner an­nounced at the AFG con­fer­ence.

■ 2016 win­ners of Na­tional Tree Farm­ers of the Year Outhay Poltock and Roger Poltock with Ian Rus­coe, Di­rec­tor of the RFA Re­view team in the Forestry Branch of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Water Re­sources, and Dr Kevin Hard­ing, Pres­i­dent...

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