Next Gen Meeting – Mackay

When: 10th of Oct at 7:30pm
Where: at West Leagues Club, Walkerston.

Mackay Next Gen Group will be hold meeting to discuss topics such as:

  • Information about the 2017 Step Up Conference
  • Industry Training course that have been offered to the Next Gen Group, and
  • Some member of the McKay Sugar Board will be in attendance to give a company update and to answer any question.
For more information and to RSVP contact Phil on 0417 796 468.

Next Gen Meeting – Bundaberg

Where: CANETEC Harvester Factory, Cummins Street, North Bundaberg.
When: Wednesday, 7th September 2016
Time: 3:30pm

Safety Requirements – Closed in shoes are essential!  High visibility clothing is preferred but not essential.

The meeting will include:

  • A look through the CANETEC factory and a look at the new harvesters that are being manufactured in Bundaberg.
  • Sugar Marketing update
  • Crushing updates
  • Variety information
  • Fertiliser discussions

RSVP: Please reply by Monday 5th September, so that necessery arrangments can be made for the factory tour. RSVP by calling either Gavin Lerch on 0418 798 225 or Josh Buchbach on 0427 559 095.

A few refreshments will be available at the end of the afternoon.

Please feel free to invite others to this event.


Coraki Field Day – Floodplain Cropping and Biodiversity

Friday, 12 August 9am to 2pm (including morning tea and lunch)
Floodplain croppers interested in improving farm health and restoring riverbank stability, native vegetation buffers and habitat on the Wilsons and Richmond River are invited to this field day at a second generation sugarcane farm.

Luke and Damian Gooley will host the day at their family’s 78-hectare Coraki farm. Continue reading

Mossman Show Cane Exhibition 2016

The Mossman Next Generation Group would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s cane display. The 2016 Mossman Next Generation Groups show cane exhibition was a well organised display with an excellent level of entries. The display had 53 entries from 9 different growers with each class being well represented. The growers from the region should be commended for their effort, especially after the difficult year they had last year.

The Mossman Next Generation Group would also like to thank everyone who entered and also the people who helped setup on the day.

The schedule of prizes and the winners are tabled below:

Class Sponsor Prizes Winners
Class 1 3 sticks of an approved variety Next Gen 1st Prize $120 Puglisi Farming
2nd Prize $70 Padovan Harvesting
3rd Prize 1kg Australian Chocolate Padovan Harvesting
Class 2 Collection of 3 sticks of 3 varieties Mossman
1st Prize $120 R. Scomazzon
2nd Prize $70 Puglisi Farming
3rd Prize 1kg Australian Chocolate R. Scomazzon
Class 3 Six Heavy sticks of any one variety Mackay Sugar 1st Prize $120 R. Scomazzon (25.4kg)
2nd Prize $70 R. Scomazzon (25kg)
3rd Prize 1kg Australian Chocolate Brie Brie Estate (24.8kg)
Champion Exhibit Mackay Sugar 1st Prize $200 R. Scomazzon (Six Heavy Sticks)
Most Successful Exhibiter QSL 1st Prize $200 R. Scomazzon

Next Gen Meeting – Meadowvale

Where: At AGRI-CON Solutions (Cameron Greaves) – 972 Rosedale Road, Meadowvale, QLD 4670
When: Thursday, 9th June 2016
Time: 4:00pm

The meeting will include:

  • Presentation by Cameron Greaves, showcasing Agri-Con’s machinery and services
  • Sugar Marketing update by Cathy Kelly – Qld Sugar Ltd
  • A tour around Bundaberg Sugar’s Rosedale Road Farm
  • For those who would like to stay on, a BBQ and refreshments will be available afterward at Josh Buchbach’s house – Quinn’s Road (Please RSVP)

RSVP: for catering for the BBQ please reply by NOON Tuesday 7th June by e-mailing

Please feel free to invite others to this event.

Next Gen Farmers investigating harvest loss improvements and value chain improvements

 Our primary industries face unique challenges managing the impacts of physical, social and economic change.  How industry participants embrace new technologies will also continue to be of substantial importance.  Next Generation leaders have a vital role to play in the future development and sustainability of the industry. Through sharing their learning experiences as a group, Next Gen participants can better evaluate their leanings and more confidently adopt these into their own farming operations. Next Gen participants who are not the key decision makers of their farming operations can better present the case for trialling new concepts which may lead to practice change. The regular interaction of Next Gen participants within and between regions builds a reticulation of knowledge sharing and support.

On the 18th of April a group of 14 Next Generation participants from Mossman to Northern New South Wales left Mossman on a 4 day trip to the Burdekin and back to Mossman. Continue reading

Bundaberg Next Gen meeting

Date: Thursday 17th March
Time: 4:15pm
Place: At Gavin & Hayley Lerch’s farm – 849 Bundaberg Gin Gin Road, Splitters Creek, Sharon

NUFARM PIZZA NIGHT (win a pizza oven!)

  • Spray technologies
  • Product innovations
  • Spraywise decisions
  • Mixing and spray demonstrations
  • Nutrifert Oz-Cal (see below) & Oz-Gyp Soil Ameriolants (Neil Innes – Lindsay Rural)
  • Solar farming (Gavin Lerch – NextGen)
  • Queensland Sugar update (Cathy Kelly – QSL)

Thanks to Nufarm and Lindsay Rural who will be providing pizzas and refreshments for the afternoon.

RSVP: for catering please reply by  NOON Monday 14th March. Please reply to this email or phone/SMS one of the Reps below

Please feel free to invite others to this event. 

Everyone who attends a Pizza Night will have the chance to win a pizza oven on the night*!

If you have any questions or wish to RSVP please contact us,

Josh Buchbach – 0427 559 095
Gavin Lerch – 0418 798 225