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TAS Country : August 19th 2010
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 20, 2010 Stock Report Awards salute agribusiness excellence TASMANIAN companies and in- dividuals working in the agribu- siness, food, fibre and beverage sector are being urged to enter the NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence 2010. There are 10 categories recognis- ing excellence, innovation and leadership across all areas of agribusiness. NAB's David Martin said the awards were important because they recognised the success of local businesses. Mr Martin said there was a positive outlook in the agricultural sector with good rainfall in many parts of the country and an im- proving outlook for rural com- modities. ''This is an opportunity to recog- nise Tasmanians who are achiev- ing exciting things across all our agribusiness sectors.'' The 10 categories are: The Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award The Primary Producer of the Year Award The Export Award The Innovation in New and Emerging Industries Award The Technology and Inno- vation Award The Environment and En- ergy Management Award The Rural Enterprise Award The Agribusiness Employer of Choice Award The Risk Management Award The Governance Award Entries must be received by August 31. Application forms are available at nab.com.au/agribusiness. The winners will be announced in Melbourne on October 28. Boost for dairy research centre CHALLENGE: Elliot Research Station manager Trevor Simkin. Picture: CHRIS KIDD The Elliot Dairy Research Station has an official farm manager for the first time in more than a decade, reports Karolin MacGregor It's a massive job and a challenge we haven't undertaken lightly, but I think we'll be able to get a lot done here.' DAIRYING expert Trevor Simkin has been ap- pointed farm manager of the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Re- search's dairy property. The move is part of a planned revamp of the Elliot research station that will provide a greater focus on key research specifically for the dairy industry. Originally from New Zealand, Mr Simkin has spent several years work- ing in the dairy industry in northern Victoria. Dairy Centre leader Danny Donaghy said Mr Simkin's extensive ex- perience right across the dairy industry from share farming to management and consultancy made him ideal for the job. ''By having Trevor there as the manager it will allow us to focus on the research side of things and he will look after the day-to-day management,'' Mr Donaghy said. Mr Simkin spent 21 years in the New Zealand dairy industry working his way up from a dairy apprenticeship through to share farming. He moved to northern Victoria and bought a farm there in 2003 and in 2008 purchased a second farm. Mr Simkin said the op- portunity to become in- volved with consultancy work had also given him some experience with dif- ferent aspects of the in- dustry. A big part of his role at Elliot will be improving and developing the farm sothatitisrunonamore commercial basis, but still with a strong re- search focus. ''It's a massive job and a challenge we haven't un- dertaken lightly, but I think we'll be able to get a lot done here,'' he said. Mr Simkin, who has been at the station for just two weeks, said he was initially looking at im- provements to the farm's layout and general ap- pearance. ''I'm not trying to come in and change things overnight, but we want to get the farm back to the point it was 20 years ago when it was really an industry leader . . . we want this to be a place we can all be proud of,'' he said. ''Any research and in- formation that comes out of here has to be relevant for farmers today and also looking forward and that's a really important part of what we're doing now.'' Mr Simkin said by bringing together the re- search and farming sides of the station on a more commercial basis, where research work was costed, it would ensure the proj- ect information coming out of the farm could be used by producers with confidence. The changes will focus on improving the station infrastructure so that it is geared towards special- ised dairy research. Mr Donaghy said the main areas of targeted research going forward would be cow nutrition, water and irrigation and technology. Improve- ments for the dairy oper- ation included some auto- mation, which would help reduce labour costs. 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