The delicious. Produce Awards, now in its 13th year, champions Australia’s best and most innovative primary produce and producers, with an emphasis on provenance, seasonality and sustainable production methods.
Firstly, I’d like to thank Darren O'Rourke from Victor Churchill's for preparing the lamb and his nomination for the Awards.
Anthony Puharich, Darren and their team at Victor Churchill have always been very supportive of producers, understanding intimately how the management and environment of livestock plays a large part in producing the highest quality product.
In addition to the team from Victor Churchill, I'd also like to thank my fantastic team of Rob Young, Jayne Apps and Amy Remond at Hanaminno, along with Lucy Allon for organising the Awards.
I’m proud to be part of a tradition of producing lamb for over 50 years in the renowned lamb-producing Hilltop Region of country New South Wales.
As many of you know, over the past 12 years I have been practicing biodynamics, a method which I believe has had a significant impact on the quality of my produce, in particular, there are three main attributes I can identify which have improved the quality of my lamb.
1. The diverse pasture base that our sheep are grazing on, which is a function of the fertility, vitality and health of the soil, enhanced by the use of biodynamics.
2. The genetics we use, which includes robust fine to medium woolled Merino Ewes, Gooramma Poll Dorset Rams and Normanhurst Border Leister Rams, both Boorowa based sheep studs.
3. The ethical handling and management of our animals in a very low stress and considered fashion by our fantastic team of Rob Young, Jayne Apps and Amy Remond at Boorowa.
I’m a big believer in educating other farmers on how to utilise biodynamics on their farms to improve soil and product quality. If you’re interested in learning more about biodynamics we will be holding another series of workshops at Hanaminno throughout this year, with the next one running on Friday 18 May. I hope you can make it along!
Anyone wishing to acquire lamb or attend a workshop at Hanaminno please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0412 623 422