2014 is The International Year of Family Farming – an initiative promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations. This worldwide celebration, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, aims to become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families.
In the spirit of valuing and celebrating our wonderful Aussie farming families I wanted to share these short YouTube clips. These dedicated farmers have been recognised through the 2013 NSW Farmer of the Year Award.
Matthew and Cherie Coddington, who operate Roseville Park Merino Stud on 324 hectares just south of Dubbo and Godfrey Dol, Technical and Business Development Manager at the 20ha Blush Tomatoes glasshouse enterprise at Guyra on the State’s northern Tablelands have been named joint winners of the 2013 NSW Farmer of the Year Award.Matthew and Cherie run a very well managed farming operation and are leaders in their industry. They impressed the judges with their commitment to profitability, sustainability, research, industry involvement, marketing and family succession – and their meticulous approach to breeding.
Godfrey Dol was equally as impressive as a key driver in the establishment of a major enterprise at Guyra and its ongoing expansion and success. Godfrey exemplified the best qualities in farm management, using his considerable skills and dedication to achieve record yields in a highly technical state-of-the-art greenhouse.
Finalist John Fairley runs a 120ha dairy at Picton, south of Sydney. He is the sixth-generation Fairley to farm his property with soil health a strong focus of the operation. He was recognised for his commitment to excellence and his efforts to value-add by building a factory on the farm to process his own milk as well as the milk from seven other farms.
About the Award
The annual NSW Farmer of the Year award recognises the best farmers in NSW, focussing on their agricultural management skills, their use of innovation, profitability, environmental sustainability and community involvement.
The judges look for farmers who have put the best strategies in place to manage their land and enterprise profitably and sustainably – and each year the competition is strong.
The Coddingtons and Mr Dol win a cash prize of $6000 with Mr Fairley receiving $2000 as a finalist.