Bacon inventor claims big prize
NOW in its second year, the Shine awards celebrate the achievements and contribution of women across rural and regional Australia.
Nominees’ stories have appeared in The Weekly Times, Rural Weekly and Tasmanian Country throughout 2018, with a dedicated campaign that put rural women in the spotlight for the past 12 weeks.
From a field of outstanding nominees, 18 finalists were announced last week across six categories: passion, belief, grace, spirit, dedication and courage.
This year’s overall award went to Toni Barton from Victoria, who also took out the spirit category.
Starting with 16 lambs five years ago, she has single-handedly built a flock of 250 Australian White sheep.
She has also set up a directto-consumer fresh meat business that is thriving at farmers’ markets.
However, her claim to fame is something no one else in Australia has achieved successfully until now.
She smokes and cures lamb bellies – usually considered a waste product – to create streaky lamb bacon.
Ms Barton’s product claimed a gold medal this year in the Australian Fine Food Awards.
This year organic dairy farmer Andy Jackman was flying the flag for Tasmania in the awards. She was one of the three finalists in the passion category.