THE eyes of the farming nation were on Dunalley recently when local farmers Sue and Gerard Daly named Australian Farmer of the Year.
Fourth generation farmers, the Daly’s have lived through good times and bad -including the Dunalley bushfires- to become a true Tasmanian success story.
Their Dunalley farm employs 45 staff and produces up to 5000 tonnes of high-quality potatoes, and this award is a testament to their hard work and dedication to farming.
The Dalys were presented with the award in Canberra.
The Dalys were also awarded the Award for Excellence in Innovation for their work converting unsellable potatoes into quality vodka, increasing their product’s popularity and reducing waste.
Daughter Ruby Daly said the award was a great achievement and recognition of a lot of hard work from the entire team.
“This is an award for everyone who has contributed to our farm’s success,’’ Ms Daly said.
Liberal Senator Jonno Duniam said this was the 10th anniversary of the Farmer of the Year Awards and the fourth time a Tasmanian had brought home the top gong.
“Farmers like the Dalys are fundamental to our target of growing the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sectors to $100 billion industry by 2030,’’ Senator Duniam said.
On top of the Farmer of the Year award, Sorell local Sally Murfet was named Rural Consultant of the Year.
Ms Murfet has supported farmers, agribusinesses, industry bodies and government organisations with advice to strengthen and enhance their approach to people management and human resources right across Australia.