Ba­con in­ven­tor claims big prize

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

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.

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