'Gin and Tonic' helping Downs ladies cotton on
WOMEN in the cotton industry from across the Western Downs were given a special insight into its production post picking on Tuesday.
Gin and Tonic was hosted by the Queensland Cotton Corporation and Rabobank as a way to unite and educate women in the field.
Allyse McVeigh, who was one of the organisers of the event, was impressed with the turn-out of women at the Queensland Cotton gin just outside Dalby.
"It's about getting women together to see the finished product,” Mrs McVeigh said.
"There's definitely plenty of men in the industry and male meetings and things, but I don't think there is much there for the women locally to follow the process right through.
"We've had a great response. I'm stoked to see all of these women here. The Downs is a huge area and to capture 40 women in one spot is a great turn-out.”
The event featured two international guest speakers, Vinayak Mohan from Olam Singapore and Charles Clark from Rabobank London, who addressed the women on a range of issues currently or potentially facing the cotton industry.
Mr Clark is a commodity analyst and said it was crucial that farmers understood current and future trends of cotton.
"We have quite a serious research team at Rabobank, so it's great to come out here and provide that to these women and to give them an outlook on cotton,” Mr Clark said.
"Hopefully it can give them something to take home and something they can adopt in their business moving forward.”
Mr Clark also said the cotton market should remain stable for Queensland growers over the next year.
"Our outlook for Australian cotton is that within 12 months it will remain profitable, perhaps not as good as what we've seen over this past year, but still over the $500 per bale mark,” he said.