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Ber­ri­gan cou­ple win agribusi­ness award

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Peter and Lyn­dall Horne of ‘Shady Park’ Ber­ri­gan have won this year’s National Aus­tralia Bank (NAB) Agribusi­ness Farm­ing Ex­cel­lence Award for their out­stand­ing farm­ing prac­tices.

The award forms a part of the ‘Agri­cul­tural So­ci­eties Coun­cil of NSW (ASC)/NAB Agribusi­ness Cham­pi­onship Dry­land Field Wheat Com­pe­ti­tion’, an­nounced re­cently at a gala din­ner in Forbes.

Mr and Mrs Horne had been told they had placed third in the Dry­land Field Wheat Com­pe­ti­tion in the Western Re­gion, be­hind Brad and Car­lie Pearse of Lock­hart and Brian and Car­rie Studholme of Weethalle.

They said they had no idea they were in the run­ning for the ex­cel­lence award.

The wheat judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion recog­nises lead­ers in bread wheat crops in NSW and is judged dur­ing Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber each year across the state.

The judg­ing is based on yield, true­ness to type and pu­rity of the crop, free­dom from dis­eases and weeds, even­ness and con­di­tion, and farm­ing prac­tises.

How­ever the ex­cel­lence award recog­nises ex­em­plary farm­ing prac­tises, in­clud­ing pro­grams of pas­ture and crop ro­ta­tion pro­gramme, high lev­els of dis­ease and weed con­trol, the strength of their grain mar­ket­ing pro­gram, as well as the crop pre­sented for the com­pe­ti­tion.

NAB Re­gional Agribusi­ness Man­ager for Cen­tral and Western NSW, Karl Sin­clair, pre­sented the award to the Hornes.

‘‘The Farm­ing Ex­cel­lence Award be­gan in 2007 and is pre­sented to the farmer who has dis­played all the cor­rect farm­ing and man­age­ment prac­tices through­out the year re­gard­less of the fi­nal crop out­come.

“This award is held in high re­gard as it is not based sim­ply on yield; a farmer at Con­dobolin has the same chance of win­ning the award as a farmer on the Liver­pool Plains,” he said.

The Hornes oper­ate a mixed farm­ing en­ter­prise pro­duc­ing prime lambs and crops for sale into the lo­cal dairy in­dus­try.

‘‘It was great that we had fin­ished har­vest and were able to go up to Forbes,’’ Mrs Horne said.

‘‘We knew we had won third place in the Western Re­gion but we didn’t think it would go any fur­ther.

‘‘The ex­cel­lence award is not just on yields but about the whole farm en­ter­prise.’’

Mr Horne said the ex­pe­ri­ence had been ‘‘very hum­bling’’ and the cou­ple were ex­cited to take home a $1000 travel voucher as part of their prize.

They plan to Broome in 2012.

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(From left) Paul Parker, DPI Young, Lyn­dall and Peter Horne, Donna Her­den, NAB Agribusi­ness, John Dick­ens, Ber­ri­gan Show So­ci­ety.

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