The best of the best in Gippsland’s Food & Fibre sector were been named in an online presentation of the 2020 Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. With gala dinners and large gatherings a distant memory in a covid-19 impacted year, the awards were hosted by highly acclaimed food writer for The Age Good Food, Richard Cornish and “premiered” online on November 20 on the Food & Fibre Gippsland website, where it remains available to view anytime.
What a year it's been - and whilst we couldn't gather together in person to celebrate the achievements of the many food and fibre businesses doing amazing things across Gippsland, we've done the next best thing - we've got an online presentation that you can watch anytime you like! Here's the collection of the winners - congratulations to all !
X-Cheque is an innovative software development business being run by farmers to make the lives of other farmers easier. They build world-class dairy business software, from custom farm applications to off-the-shelf solution. The software development capabilities demonstrated by father and son team, Jon and David Hauser, culminating in a highly valuable decision-making tool for farmers of all persuasions, impressed the 2020 Excellence Awards judges and resulted in the business being named one of three finalists in the Excellence in Service to the Food & Fibre Industry, sponsored by Agriculture Victoria.
Founded by Clinton Tepper, Just Add Trees, is a multi-story farming system that utilises the strategic planting of timber species alongside pastures to increase carbon sequestration, improve the soil, provide shelter for animals and provide the producer with the dual benefit of a highly valuable timber commodity, without sacrificing pasture growth. The innovative business is one of four inaugural finalists in a new category for 2020 - the Excellence in Fibre Award, sponsored by East Gippsland Shire Council.
Alberton Timber is a long-standing family business, owned by the Olarenshaw family for the last 25 years, located on the South Gippsland Highway in Alberton. The business is known for creating a product that is high-quality, sustainable and in demand, supplying treated pine poles, construction timbers and other timber products. One of the many reasons why they secured a place in two of our Excellence in Agribusiness Award categories in 2020.
The Burra Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the beautiful rolling hills of Korumburra, the gateway to South Gippsland. Known for their friendly service, the brewery offers wood-fired pizza in a sunlit beer garden, with the perfect accompaniment being their natural, handcrafted beers, all brewed on site. Korumburra's One Tree Hill is one of the area's most recognised landmarks and features on their logo. As the name states it's One Tree on a hill, standing independent and proud, just like the Burra Brewing Co, who this year is a finalist in two categories in our Excellence in Agribusiness Awards.
Radial Timber produces a highly unique, sustainable timber product utilising plantation timber sawn like a cake to minimise waste. They are the only commercial radial sawmill in the world. Not only does their product have an extremely high rate of recovery in comparison to conventional milling, but it is also less prone to warping due to the stress relief achieved through this method of sawing.
Soilkee is based at Hallora near Warragul, in the Baw Baw Shire, about an hour from Melbourne. They have developed and manufactured the Soilkee Renovator, an internationally patented technology in the form of a power take-off driven implement that reverses soil depletion, sequesters soil carbon, enhances soil fertility, and increases productivity. This year they are finalists in two Awards - the Excellence in Innovation Award sponsored by NAB, and the Excellence in R& D - sponsored by Federation University.