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Davidson family awarded prestigious 2013 Brownhill Cup

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The Davidson family’s outstanding work in agriculture conservation was recognised at the 2013 Commonwealth Bank AgQuip.

The 2013 Brownhill Cup was awarded to the Davidson family of ‘Merrivale’, Tambar Springs at a ceremony held at Commonwealth Bank AgQuip in Gunnedah, NSW. Introduced in 1984, the prestigious Brownhill Cup is designed to encourage innovative farming practices that improve sustainability, productivity and profitability in agriculture. 

The Davidsons were honoured for their commitment towards operating Merrivale in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. Merrivale is run by Rob Davidson and his wife, Valli, their daughter, Kate, and their son, James. 

The Davidsons follow the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy in their operation, which sees them produce crops with their end market in mind. Working closely with end users and processors to select appropriate varieties and ensure reliable supply, they transport their own produce to guarantee a clean final product as well as timely and reliable delivery to market.

The Davidsons have also adopted a number of practices designed to enhance sustainability, including the introduction of no-till cropping in the early 1980s. Improving soil fertility and enhancing soil structure through practices such as no till and minimum till, experimenting with crop nutrition, and ensuring crops are grown to meet market needs are some of the initiatives at work at the Davidson farm.

Brownhill Cup founder David Brownhill commended the Davidsons on their achievements in the field of conservation and sustainable agricultural practices. Describing the family’s work at Merrivale as a considerable contribution to the agriculture sector, Mr Brownhill commented that the Davidsons have set the bar high for innovative and sustainable farming practices, which can improve returns and ensure the northern region farming land continues to provide for communities for generations to come.

The 2013 Brownhill Cup was presented by Geoff Wearne, Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager of Regional and Agribusiness Banking, who commended the Davidsons on their ability to combine business and farming innovation.

Given that productivity, sustainability and profitability are critical themes for the agricultural industry, the Commonwealth Bank is proud to be associated with the Brownhill Cup as it represents an initiative that supports best practice in these areas.

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