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