Australian sugarcane crop near to complete

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16 December 2013
Processing of this year’s Australian sugarcane crop is in its final stage with just one mill yet to finish the 2013 crush.

When complete, just over 30.5 million tonnes of sugarcane will have been crushed by Australia’s 24 raw sugar mills. This aligns very closely with the pre-season forecast. Continue reading

Bundaberg/ Isis Meeting

Next Gen Bundaberg/ Isis would like to invite you to attend their next meeting.

When: Thursday 14th November 2013

Time:  4:15pm – meet outside Alloway Country Club and take a short drive to Dean Cayley’s farm. 6:00pm- meet back inside the Alloway Country Club in the front meeting room for our meeting and BBQ meal.

Special thanks to Wayne & Same at “Barmac” for generously covering the cost of the BBQ and a couple of drinks.

Venue:  Alloway Country Club, Goodwood Road, Bundaberg

RSVP – Monday 11th November.  To assist with catering, please respond ASAP to either Gavin or Josh (numbers below).

Highlights of this meeting:

  • Farm visit to Dean Cayley’s farm to view some herbicide trials and inspect some of his machinery.
  • Update of Forward Pricing opportunities with QSL.
  • Some final figures of the crushing at Bundaberg and Isis mills and variety performance
  • Importance of Irrigation
  • Analysing Machinery costs
  • Next Gen update – upcoming events
  • Short presentation by one of our sponsors – Barmac
  • Any other topics of interest

Next Gen is an active group of growers that are willing to learn and willing to share.  We value your input and suggestions and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Please try and come along and please invite your friends.  Please forward this invitation on to others.

There is no age limit for this group.  If you are happy to learn and/or happy to share, we’d love to have you along.

If you have any questions, please call us.

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

Grants open for 2014 Science and Innovation Awards – Department of Agriculture

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Grant applications are now open for the 2014 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue to benefit Australia’s primary industries.

For more information, please go to the Department of Agriculture website.

Red witchweed update


Red witchweed- situation update

Biosecurity Queensland has placed movement restrictions on four out of the five properties in the Mackay area that originally reported red witchweed. This includes the initial affected property.  

Biosecurity Queensland is now extending the surveillance area to check properties further out to see if the weed has spread.   Continue reading

Step UP! 2013 is catching the media’s attention

It’s been an exciting couple of days for Next Gen’s Step UP! 2013 conference.

Did you manage to catch the piece on Win TV Townsville and Mackay about the conference?

We also had a great article in the Mackay Mercury and our Chairman, Don Murday, was interviewed by Billy on Bundy’s 4BU this morning.

The level of interest is growing on a daily basis and we’re preparing to make a pretty special annoucement about the conference over the next few days, so make sure you watch this space.

We think you’re going to be blown away by our news!

Cheers, The Next Gen Team

Catch ya in Tully!

Hi guys

So after a couple of weeks in Brissie, Next Gen is heading back on the road and up to Tully.

We’ll be holding a young farmers meeting on Monday (17th) arvo from 1pm onwards.

There’ll be a BBQ and some really interesting presentations and an opportunity for you to chat with Me, Gerard Puglisi, and Don Murday.

If you want to join in, drop me an email at or facebook me.


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Off to Ingham

Hi guys

Today I am in Ingham talking to a few farmers.  I know it’s a busy time of year for a lot of you, so hopefully you can take some time out of your busy schedule to catch up with me.

I’m here for a few days and then I’m off to Mossman.

Don’t forget, you should start thinking about registering for the Step UP! 2013 conference soon.

Book your conference tickets and accommodation before 31 January 2012 and you will automatically go into the draw to receive your conference tickets and accommodation for free.

I’ll be making an announcement about our guest speakers in the next couple of days.  I think you’re all going to love what we have in store for you!

See you in the Cane Captiva.

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