AUSTRALIA'S top agribusinesses cleaned up at last night's NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence.
Winners came from across Australia and from a range of agribusiness backgrounds including livestock, horticulture, animal health and even flower production.
David Lock, from Fremantle-based pork producers and seafood exporters Craig Mostyn Group, took out the agribusiness leader of the year award while Rennylea Pastoral Company took out the prestigious primary producer of the year award.
Based in the Murray Valley, Rennylea operators Bryan and Lucinda Corrigan run an Angus stud and have a strong focus on high quality genetics.
Other award winners at last night’s gala dinner in Melbourne included Jonsson’s Farm Market for driving strategic growth,
Nolan’s Meat for pioneering a new export system with exceptional food safety standards and Tasmanian-based Bridestowe Lavender Estate for its innovation in a new and emerging industry.
Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management took home the award for employer of choice, Yalumba Wine Company won the new environment, energy and climate action award, Tasmanian mixed farming operation Eastfield Pty Ltd won the environment, energy and climate action award and Pfizer Animal Health was recognised for its technology and innovation in Australian animal health.
The awards are run by Monash University Gippsland and Vice Chancellor Helen Bartlett said this year’s winners displayed the diversity of Australian agribusiness.
“With three new award categories this year, we’ve seen an exciting mix of business innovation from technology to marketing, and people management to industry leadership,” professor Bartlett said.
NAB Agribusiness general manager, Khan Horne praised the winners.
“I think this is the most exciting year we’ve had for the awards, given the diversity of industries represented and ingenuity and business acumen demonstrated across the award categories,” Mr Horne said.
“It shows how individuals and companies continue to drive the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian agribusiness.”
More information about the award winners can be found at www.nabagribusinessawards.com.au