September 11, 2014
A Tasmanian farmer has been recognised among the best in the industry, winning the inaugural Egg Farmer of the Year award at a ceremony in Melbourne last night.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, congratulated Danny Jones of Pure Foods Eggs on his success in the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural 2014 Australian Farmer of the Year .
"Danny has contributed to the development of the egg industry in Tasmania and his company Pure Foods Eggs is at the leading edge in terms of innovation and productivity," Senator Colbeck said.
"The company has responded to market demand and is undergoing significant change by moving towards producing free range eggs. They are currently constructing two free range sheds for 20,000 hens as well as producing cage and barn eggs."
Senator Colbeck said Danny was a prime example of industry best practice and a deserving recipient of the Egg Farmer of the Year award.
"It is fantastic to see a Tasmanian farmer recognised among the best in Australia," he said.
Tasmanian farmers were also recognised as finalists in the awards - Lindsay Bourke, finalist in the 2014 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year category; Nigel and Rachael Brock from Montana, finalists in the Dairy Farmer of the Year category.