Sunny Season Ahead

The NSW Sugar industry will kick off the 2021 crushing season with an outlook that can only be described as sunny.

The three sugar mills across the Northern Rivers; at Condong, Broadwater and Harwood; will fire into action from the 8th of June, following an intensive off-season maintenance program.

The estimate for the overall crop tonnage is still uncertain following a very wet but warm growing season that including some flooding.

The feeling amongst growers is buoyant, with the prospect of their cane price for the season being as high as $37 to $38 per tonne, depending on CCS (sugar content).

Chairman and cane grower, Mr Jim Sneesby said: “The news of a significant lift in cane price, is definitely instilling a positive feeling within the local sugar industry.”

Almost 100% of the planned sugar make is already locked into the Sunshine Sugar sales program, with customer orders in place Australia-wide.

Sunshine Sugar’s CEO, Mr Chris Connors recently addressed cane growers to share the positive news, not only in regard to cane price, but also to give an update on the commercial developments made across a number of diversification projects, including botanical water and a gourmet mushroom product – both of which will utilise assets within the cane stalk to produce alternate products and new income streams.

“This is an exciting time for our local sugar industry;” commented Mr Connors. “Agriculture is seeing a surge in interest and the NSW sugar industry can demonstrate a proven track record in being sustainable, providing long-term returns to its growers and a solid plan for future growth; making it an appealing proposition for farmers and investors alike.“

Sunshine Sugar is the only 100% Australian grown, made and owned sugar with a family-farming footprint that stretches from the Tweed to the Clarence and from the coast to Casino.

Stellar season breathes fresh life into central west | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Stellar season breathes fresh life into central west

MSM Milling has opened a second canola receival site in central western New South Wales to handle the enormously productive 2020/21 harvest, which local farmers have dubbed “the best year for grain yet.”

100 per cent Australian family owned MSM Milling, has leased the GrainCorp grain shed in Cumnock to receive and store locally grown, Non-GM canola seeds, and started receiving its first stores in October.

Cumnock lies on the closed Molong to Dubbo railway line and is home to just shy of 300 people. The storage shed is ideally located to cater for growers from across the wider Cumnock, Molong, Yeoval and Wellington districts.

The company’s Commodities Manager, James Dellow says it became evident early in the season that the local canola processor would need extra storage to handle the influx of seed.

“We saw bulk handlers fill up west of here, so with harvest kicking into gear closer to our Manildra site, we negotiated to lease the shed which has sat idle since 2014.

“It took us a good week to get the site operational again given it hadn’t done a lot for a few years, but it’s been a worthwhile project to get it up and running.

“We’re grateful that GrainCorp gave us the opportunity to restore its operation because it has allowed us to buy space for local growers.”

Mr Dellow says the first trucks started tipping canola stripped in the Coonamble district at the Manildra-based MSM Milling in mid-October, with more central west growers coming online in late November.

“I think it’s a great thing for these smaller towns where there hasn’t been a local delivery point — particularly after the years we’ve had. For me, areas like Cumnock were the epicentres of drought so it is a great result that we have been able to open old sites to start receiving given it is a bin buster year.

“It is a great morale booster of the communities to be a grain receival point as opposed to being a stockfeed hub,” Mr Dellow said.

“The oil content of canola has been fantastic. We are seeing loads up to 47 per cent oil content, and even slightly over that, which is a great result.

“MSM Milling pay all bonifications from 42 per cent oil so some of these growers are picking up an extra $40 or $50 a tonne in oil bonifications.

“They are getting off 2-3 tonne canola each hectare. It’s a phenomenal result for New South Wales and all the way down to Victoria.”

Veteran Cumnock grain grower, David Weston grew dual purpose canola and was among the first of the local growers to deliver seed into the Cumnock shed.

“2020 is a wonderful year. It has been the best year I have ever seen for grain and livestock.

“The last three years were shockers. 2016 was a good one, but this is the best one I have ever seen.”

He remembers the receival site during its heyday. “After I came home from school, this used to be a thriving section of town here.

“The queues used to go right down to the local hotel but unfortunately it hasn’t been used since 2014.

“It is very exciting that MSM Milling is utilising this facility to store canola because it saves us an hour and a half for our trucks going across to Manildra each load. Sometimes these old facilities they just stay derelict, and once they disappear, they never open again. But it is wonderful to see MSM Milling has been proactive and is utilising this as a facility for them. And we need this storage this year!”

He says the site’s re-opening brought with it a renewed sense of optimism in the town.

“It is very important that we work together and it’s great for this local community too.
I understand that MSM Milling is employing local people on the job here so that is very important.

The town needs the trucks coming in and the local shops need people coming through the doors to keep them rolling.”

Canobolas Eggs Production Manager, and Peffer Pastoral’s, Josh Peffer says the shed’s proximity to his family’s Molong based operation is ideal as it saves precious time and freight.

“MSM Milling getting this GrainCorp site going is really convenient for truck turnaround times. It’s really great that trucks can come and tip off in sheds like this. 2020 has been an exceptional year considering what we’ve come through.”

James Dellow says the 2020 harvest is a far cry from the last three drought-affected seasons which saw canola railed in from interstate to meet crush demand required to operate the canola processing plant around the clock.

“To be able to source most of our crush requirement from within 200 kilometres of our regional base means everyone wins. And that is what we celebrate, as 2020 has been a good year to be in agriculture.”

The all Australian NSW sugar industry | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

The all Australian NSW sugar industry

Operating as a partnership between Manildra Group and the grower-owned New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative, Sunshine Sugar is now the only 100 per cent Australian-grown, made and owned brand of raw and refined sugar in the domestic Australian market.

Nestled in the north eastern corner of New South Wales, the sugar industry encapsulates some 34,000 hectares of productive cane land, owned and operated by over 500 farming families.

Sunshine Sugar’s three sugar mills in Condong, Broadwater and Harwood and one sugar refinery in Harwood, process up to two million tonnes of sugarcane annually to produce over 200,000 tonnes of raw sugar.

Direct-Consumption raw sugar along with world- class Low GI sugar are produced on site at the Condong Sugar Mill which sits in the shadow of the iconic Mount Warning in the Tweed Valley.

Manildra Group’s partnership with the New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative began in 1988 to produce, distribute, and market refined sugar with the construction of a co-owned sugar refinery at Harwood to produce, distribute and market refined sugar products. Today, Manildra Harwood Sugar refinery fulfils some 20 per cent of the domestic markets’ refined sugar demand.

Along with the Sunshine Sugar branded retail range available in select supermarkets, the food-grade mill at Condong and refinery at Harwood supply private label products for some of Australia’s biggest retailers.

More than 300 food and beverage manufacturers across Australia source their crystal and liquid sugars from Sunshine Sugar, in quantities ranging from 1kg bags to bulk tankers and trucks.

A food-grade molasses and a highly sought-after mill molasses also form a part of the overall product range.

With recent news of sugar mill closures at both Maryborough and Bingera in Queensland, the sugar industry is experiencing its fair share of ups and downs.

“Being quintessentially Australian though, means that Sunshine Sugar will continue to punch above its weight to retain its title of being 100 per cent Australian-grown, made and owned and having the longest continuously operating sugar mill in the nation,” said Sunshine Sugar Chief Executive Office, Chris Connors.

“Whilst 2020 was a difficult time for businesses and communities alike, the New South Wales sugar industry has achieved some positive outcomes in pricing and cost savings.

“With the recent unrest in the Queensland industry, we need to remain positive and focused on our core objective of keeping our industry and our growers here in New South Wales sustainable for the long term,” Mr Connors said.

Sugar industry honours luminaries’ legacies | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Sugar industry honours luminaries’ legacies

Australian sugar industry champions who played pivotal roles in the New South Wales sector, Ian Causley and Wayne Rodgers have have been posthumously honoured at the New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative annual general meeting.

In marking the passing in 2020 of Mr Causley, 79, and Mr Rodgers, 52; their legacies have been recognised in the naming of both the newly constructed Ian Causley Freight and Logistics Warehouse complex at Manildra Harwood Sugars, and the establishment of the Wayne Rodgers Cane Harvesting Leadership Program for intensive upskilling of leaders and managers in the New South Wales harvesting sector.

New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative Chairman, Jim Sneesby said the entire New South Wales sugar industry mourned the loss of Mr Causley and Mr Rodgers.

“For more than a half-century, Ian served in industry roles from grower representative to chairman of the board for the New South Wales Sugar Milling Co- operative and parliamentary advocate at both state and federal level,” said Mr Sneesby. For most of his life, Ian was a “man of many hats” from cane farmer to industry administrator and politician from 1966-2017.

“A wealth of knowledge and consummate professional, Ian was instrumental in the restructure of our milling and refining businesses, resulting in the amalgamation of the New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative and Manildra Harwood Sugars to form Sunshine Sugar.

Mr Sneesby said Mr Rodgers was also an innovator in farming systems, harvesting, weed control and adoption practices – serving as the inaugural chairman of Sunshine Sugars’ own agricultural advisory and extension service committee during the sector’s research and development restructure, and as chair of the boards of the Richmond River Cane Grower Executive and New South Wales Cane Growers Association.

“Wayne worked very hard to bring the growing and milling sectors of the New South Wales sugar industry together,” said Mr Sneesby.

“A good farmer, he was a big man with big ideas, big tractors and a great work ethic.”

Mr Sneesby said the Wayne Rogers Cane Harvesting Leadership Program was testament to Mr Rogers’ contribution to the industry, recognising him for the huge role he played in modern farming. The specialised and ongoing Leadership Program is an advanced training program designed to provide a set of management skills and tools to current and emerging leaders in the New South Wales harvesting sectors.

“The program will provide development opportunities for individuals and a platform to drive continuous improvement in performance, efficiency and management in cane harvesting across New South Wales,” he said.

Purest of spirits a sensory experience | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Purest of spirits a sensory experience

In conditions precisely controlled for detecting the purity of grain-neutral spirit, a state-of-the-art beverage sensory laboratory complements a world-class distillery built in regional New South Wales by Australian family-owned agribusiness Manildra Group.

The latest addition to the fully-integrated Shoalhaven Starches manufacturing facility, the sensory room has been designed to provide reliable and independent odour sampling and testing services to a range of craft and big brand beverage clients.

Conducting sensory analysis using the scientific and industry-standard methods of discriminative, descriptive, and affective or hedonic (consumer) testing, Manildra Group chemists work closely with industry and academic partners to perform studies and collect data for statistical analysis supporting domestic production of premium grain-neutral spirits.

Beverage Ethanol Laboratory Manager Peter Tallent said the value of the sensory laboratory was to ensure the highest-quality product prior to distribution.

Featuring the latest technology, the four individual panellist booths, a focus group-panel training room, and an isolated and controlled sample preparation laboratory are fitted with multi-option booth LED lighting, sensory data iPad collection workstations and finely-tuned air and water purification systems.

With odour measurement demanding the highest standards of environmental conditions,
a baseline for sensory assessment panellists, temperature and humidity are optimised for panellists’ comfort while the air purification system rapidly removes residual odours.

To further prevent unwanted air from entering into the testing environment, the air purifier monitors the quality of the air, purifying it to ensure a neutral sensory environment.

Additionally, the precision-controlled, multi- option booth LEDs enable samples to be visually inspected in the best conditions.

For more information on grain-neutral spirits and the full range of Manildra Group’s ethanol for food and beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and industrial applications, contact ethanol.orders@manildra.com.au.

Fibre enriched flour for wholemeal nutrition | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Fibre enriched flour for wholemeal nutrition

Manildra Group has launched The Healthy Baker Wholemeal Plain Flour Mix with 65 per cent more fibre than standard wholemeal flour, hitting shelves in select Woolworths supermarkets Australia-wide.

The soon-to-be a consumer favourite product boasts an exceptional prebiotic, promoting good gut health and is part of an expansion of the popular ‘The Healthy Baker’ Brand established in 2003.

“We wanted to ensure our wholemeal flour mix delivered on health and nutrition above all else,” said Manildra Group Director Caroline Honan.

“With 15 per cent added dietary fibre, The Healthy Baker Wholemeal Plain Flour Mix supports good gut health, acts as a prebiotic, and is triple-sifted and unbleached from Manildra Group’s premium 100 per cent Australian, GMO-free wheat.”

“As one of the leading flour brands on supermarket shelves, The Healthy Baker Plain Flour and The Healthy Baker Self Raising Flour are in the top selling products in the flour category dominated by private labels.”

“So we are very excited to add another product to our range and play a significant role in the gut health and wellbeing space,” she said.

The addition of our world-class resistant starch made from 100 per cent Australian wheat, has enabled us to significantly boost the fibre content and gut health benefits of this wholemeal flour mix, supporting everyday gut health.

“It’s a perfect all-purpose flour made from whole wheat that is prized for its light and fine texture.

“Offering good levels of dietary fibre and protein, this nutritious wholemeal flour mix is idea for everyday baking and bread-making.

“Our wholemeal flour mix can be used to create a smorgasbord of delicious gut-friendly and fibre-enriched foods from pizza and pasta to breads and cookies, crumbles, cakes, slices, muffins and much more.”

For optimal nutritional health, The Healthy Baker Wholemeal Flour Mix is kept at its freshest stocked in Manildra Group’s popular air-tight and durable PET-containers – suitable for re-use and produced in state-of-the-art robotic packing lines at the flagship Manildra Flour Mill in central west New South Wales.

Export the Backbone of our global transport network | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Export the Backbone of our global transport network 

In the 60 years that Manildra Group has been exporting Australia’s finest home-grown food and industrial ingredients, it’s no wonder that our international distribution channels are the absolute backbone of our export business; the lifeblood that ensures we deliver from our manufacturing sites to customers around the world.

Manildra Group remains one of the largest exporters of value-added products through Australia’s biggest container port at Botany, New South Wales.

Specialised modes of transport are required for our industrial and beverage-grade ethanol, industrial and food-grade starches, vital wheat gluten and animal stockfeeds making logistics and transport a full-time operation at our world-class Shoalhaven Starches manufacturing facility near Nowra on the state’s south coast.

Underpinning this global transport network, are Manildra Group’s international customers and their growing appetite for our 100 per cent Australian-grown and made range of food ingredients and industrial products.

Manildra Group Global Logistics Manager, Olga Harriton said her export team managed the international supply chain, and are the interface between sales and the customer, covering logistics, freight negotiations, port terminals interaction, and liaising with quality assurance to packaging, ensuring accuracy and prompt despatch of the documentation.

“We have four to five export trains out of Nowra every week carrying our products in containers to Port Botany,” she said.

“Once loaded onto ships, our team works tirelessly to ensure our import documents are completed to ensure the products are efficiently delivered to customers around the world.”

Ms Harriton said Manildra Group’s export team comprised of customer service, documentation, shipping liaison and production scheduling officials, who were supported by sales, product development, logistics and transport teams globally.

Manildra Group’s offices in the United States, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia managed by our Country Managers – and our on-ground staff in logistics and transport globally — ensure the most effective solutions to customers of all scales from boutique bakeries to some of the biggest brands in the world.

“We’re a firm believer in having people on the ground ready to offer marketing, technical and logistical support to our customers locally.

“Our Country Managers are our eyes and ears, playing a critical role in ensuring product is efficiently delivered,” said Manildra Group General Manager Peter Simpson.

Alongside Chairman, Dick Honan and Managing Director, John Honan, General Manager, Peter Simpson was integral to Manildra Group expanding from domestic into export markets in the early 1960’s.

“As a family-owned Australian business, exports is critical for the growth of the company moving forward — more exports means we have to produce more high-quality Australian-made products and that means creating more local jobs in our regionally-based manufacturing facilities,” said Ms Harriton.

“Export is at the heart of Manildra Group, and is integral to the company’s future.

“There are incredible opportunities for market and product expansions, particularly with the company’s strong reputation for producing premium 100 per cent Australian, GMO-free food and industrial products.

“Additionally, we’re fortunate that we’re strategically located on the doorsteps of Asia with a population of more than 4.5 billion people,” Ms Harriton told The Cultivator.

“We’re ‘consistent exporters’, exporting day-in and day-out, 365 days a year. This consistency of supply is integral to traders and end-users, and it is paramount that we meet these quality and delivery expectations.”

A hot commodity is Manildra Group’s premium, 100 per cent Australian gluten and modified proteins which are exported to every continent and are distributed nationally via our extensive domestic road transport network.

Road tankers take our ethanol to Port Botany for export and domestic distribution, and from our Gunnedah flour mill in the north-west New South Wales, we transport bulk semolina for pasta manufacturers into Port Botany for bulk export.

Manildra Group’s Victorian base in the Melbourne suburb of Altona is our production centre for bakery premixes internationally.

As part of the export service, Manildra Group also offers shipping via air for time-sensitive exports, an option adopted by North America recently in the exportation of samples of high- quality modified wheat starches. China has also recently opted for air freight on Manildra’s premium muffin premix; highly sought-after by major retailers in the orient.

Mr Simpson said Manildra Group coordinated deliveries of Australian-grown and made premium products for global markets, every single day, a mammoth feat.

“Its a juggling act we’ve mastered and we have established an exceptional reputation world-wide.”

“We have established an exceptional reputation world-wide. Our Country Managers are constantly across the fluctuations in demand and they feed that intelligence back to us

which then creates opportunities to expand our products and supply. Our modified protein ranges were created and supplied especially for the Japanese food market and we did something similar in specialised starches supplied to the Indonesian paper market,” said Mr Simpson.

Working in conjunction with Manildra Group is a consortium of private companies, industry and government bodies who ensure efficiencies for Australian shippers and exporters.

The enormously important team comprises multiple shipping lines, freight forwarders, custom brokers, Australian Peak Shipping Association, Freight and Trade Alliance, Department of Agriculture, Boarder Force, Australian Customs, Chamber of Commerce and Aus Trade.

Taiwan Business Award recognises trusted brand | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Taiwan Business Award recognises trusted brand

Manildra Group’s significant contribution to the bilateral business relationships between Taiwan and Australia has been recognised with an Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) award for business excellence announced in Taipei.

Exporting Australian-grown and made wheat-based products to Taiwan since 1990, Manildra Group Taiwan Country Manager Sidney Chen said the ANZCham Australia-Taiwan Business Excellence Award for 2020 recognised the Australian family-owned agribusiness’ established reputation as a trusted brand across the country, underpinned by longstanding relationships.

“From Michelin-star restaurants and traditional cuisine to the paper-making industry, many food merchants and restaurants use Manildra Group’s key ingredients to produce traditional products such as rice, noodles, dumplings, snacks and cookies,” Mr Chen told The Cultivator.

“Our interactions with Taiwanese businesses, merchants and consumers are mutually beneficial and we look forward to future growth opportunities in Taiwan.”

Managing Director John Honan said Australia’s rich natural assets and Manildra Group’s GMO-free range of premium products exceeded Taiwanese consumers’ expectations as a clean and green country.

Mr Honan said a preference in Taiwan for a diverse range of high-quality Manildra Group products included grain-neutral spirits, canola oil, wheat starches, flour and bakery premixes, vital wheat gluten and modified proteins.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Honan family and Manildra Group team at the 15th annual ANZCham Business Awards gala in November 2020, Mr Chen was joined by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Representative Australian Office to Taiwan Gary Cowan, and business and political leaders including Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang.

ANZCham represents Australians and New Zealanders doing business in Taiwan to complement organisations promoting trade, investment and general relations among the three nations.

Daily Bread Fresh from Flour Mill to Coles shelves | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Daily Bread Fresh from Flour Mill to Coles shelves

A major supermarket partnership with the Australian grocery market’s largest manufacturer of packaged retail wheat flours is bringing fresh-baked breads and goods made from premium Australian wheat to the nation.

As a longstanding supplier of 100 per cent Australian, GMO-free, private-label and branded flour products to all major retailers, Australian family-owned business Manildra Group began providing high-quality savoury and sweet bread mixes for Coles’ in-store bakeries in January 2021.

The specially developed range of mixes – including Universal Bread Mix, Bun Mix, Multigrain Bread Mix and Wholegrain Bread Mix – are packed in 12.5kg bags at the state-of-the-art Manildra mill, in the heart of the central west New South Wales wheatbelt, and delivered to multiple Coles distribution centres across the nation for more than 800 supermarkets.

“The beauty of great baked goods is all in the dough,” Manildra Group Managing Director John Honan told The Cultivator, “and using the right mix is integral.”

“Premium-quality food has been at the heart of our business for nearly seven decades
and we’re excited to partner with Coles supermarkets on this range of bakery mixes.”

“This range is proudly produced by our family-owned Australian company for Coles customers from Cairns to Hobart to Perth, and everywhere in between to enjoy,” he said.

Manildra Group National Sales Manager Murray Newman said Manildra Group’s Universal Bread Mix – developed between Manildra Group’s research and development team and Coles’ technical teams for a top-quality bread mix significantly lower in sodium – had been “specifically formulated to provide the highest quality product, improving crumb softness

in the savoury and sweet range, while maintaining a crispy crust and soft open crumb in Coles’ crusty range.”

“With a high water absorption improving yields and shelf life, our Universal Bread Mix is used to make Coles’ delicious freshly baked savoury and sweet products ranging from soft round rolls and loaves to Vienna and French sticks, cobs, cheese-and- bacon scrolls, pizza rolls and savoury Tare & Share’s,” he said.

Manildra Group’s Wholemeal Bread Mix is milled from premium Australian wheat into a fine texture for a smoother wholemeal flour providing a sustained source of energy and rich source of fibre to products baked.

“The versatility of this mix means that Coles in-house bakers can produce wholemeal options for customers including loaves, Viennas, cobs, French sticks and rolls packed with a naturally high source of fibre with leading softness and a smoother mouthfeel.”

For multigrain alternatives, Manildra Group’s Multigrain Bread Mix is milled from premium GMO-free, whole wheat flour and includes a carefully selected blend of nine grains and seeds such as linseed, sunflower seeds, oats, corn and barley. The multigrain bread range can also extend to loaves, Viennas, cobs and rolls.

“The popularity of this product continues to grow, as it delivers a soft grain texture with excellent bite – all the while delivering the benefits associated with increased grain consumption such as more fibre and longer-lasting energy,” said Mr Newman.

Along with the Coles national in-house bakery tender awarded to Manildra Group in May 2020 are bakery mixes supplied for finished sweet treats ranging from decadent sweet buns and fruit loaves to custard scrolls, apple crumble logs, chocolate scrolls and finger buns.

“Our Bun Mix has been customised for a sweet, soft and light crumb and perfect balance to promote the flavour of ingredients and toppings added by Coles’ in-store bakeries for the impulse range – it really is the ultimate mix,” said Mr Newman.

Sydney school’s stockfeed success | The Cultivator Autumn 2021

Sydney school’s stockfeed success

In the heart of the central Sydney suburb of Lane Cove, within Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview’s grounds, sits a cosy two-hectare farm.

Managed by David Dodds, the micro-farm is part of the Riverview Primary Industry and Agriculture Curriculum, and is used to study crops and livestock including poultry, sheep, and beef cattle.

Livestock are donated each year to the program and in September 2020 the farm received nine steers, donated from the School’s alumni.

Throughout the year, the students at Riverview learn all things agriculture from soils and cropping to ovine and bovine husbandry.

The steers farmed at Riverview are fed a ration of Manildra Stockfeed DDG-S Wheat Pellets for Beef Cattle, donated to the school by Manildra Stockfeed.

“We love to support programs that help to educate kids about agriculture in Australia,” said Manildra Group National Stockfeed Manager Tim Wirth.

The Manildra Stockfeed DDG-S Wheat Pellets for Beef Cattle are highly palatable, increasing average daily weight gain and are produced at Manildra Group’s state-of-the-art Shoalhaven Starches manufacturing site.

Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview Farm Manager David Dodds said he was impressed with the results from the Wheat Pellets.

“We are currently feeding 130kg/day across the nine steers and weight gain on average
is anywhere between 1.5-2kg per day,” he said.

“The sustained weight gain is exactly what we are after when using a high performance stockfeed pellet.”

Manildra Stockfeed DDG-S Wheat Pellets for Beef Cattle contain 21 per cent crude protein, with 80 per cent of this rumen-degradable for an excellent source of soluble protein.

The steers raised at the Riverview farm are entered in country and metropolitan shows throughout the year including the Castle Hill Show and rounding show season out by participating in the Sydney Royal Easter Show Schools’ Competition. Here, the students compete in the cattle category leading before the steers are sent to the abattoir for the subsequent meat grading competition.

“As we compete in both hoof and hook competitions, it is important that our cattle are looking and feeling the best they possibly can when we go to compete,” said Mr Dodds.

“The DDG-S Wheat Pellets for Beef Cattle ensure our cattle are gaining weight at impressive weights from the beginning of feeding whilst also staying fit and healthy.”

“We are deeply appreciative of Manildra Group’s support of our agriculture program here at the school. It is very important to us to maintain these relationships with a company like Manildra that share so many of our core values,” he said.

Mr Dodds said the school had historically been very supportive of these subjects and opportunities with 350 of the 1600 students being boarders from rural and regional areas.

“It’s a truly remarkable component of an inner-city school to have such a hands-on program and I look forward to the ongoing development of the program in the coming years,” Mr Dodds said.

For details on the full range of Manildra Stockfeed products, contact our specialist sales team on 02 4423 8300 or stockfeed@manildra.com.au