SCRUBBED UP: Dalby Rural Supplies' Andrew Johnston presents the Young Achiever Award to Sam Lee.
SCRUBBED UP: Dalby Rural Supplies' Andrew Johnston presents the Young Achiever Award to Sam Lee. Ange Stirling

Pick of the cotton crop

MORE than 350 people in the cotton industry gathered at the Dalby Showgrounds on Friday night to celebrate the past 12 months.

The Darling Downs Cotton Growers Awards have been running for more than 20 years.

Awards organiser Geoff McIntyre said the evening always proved a hit for farmers as well as their families.

"It went really well, it was a good night and everyone enjoyed themselves,” Mr McIntyre said.

"We were busy the whole time, it was quite hectic but great fun.”

Not only is the function about recognising people who have had an outstanding 12 months and catching up with old friends, it provides a chance for individuals to network and share knowledge.

"It's good because everyone can share information around with each other, so it's helpful in that sense as well,” Mr McIntyre said.

"It's satisfying getting together and celebrating the season and people who have done well over the past year.”

Steve and Jacob Little took out the ANZ Highest Irrigated Yield Award with 14.82b/ha this year, while Scott and Mitchell Seis collected the ANZ Highest Dryland Yield Award.

The Greg McVeigh Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Yield went to Damien Ebbern, while Sam Lee went home with the Dalby Rural Supplies Young Achiever Award and Greg and Maryann Bender took out the Vanderfield Grower of the Year Award.

The Darling Downs Cotton Growers are currently working on a field day to be held at the Benders property.


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