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Western Australian woman named Young Farmer of the Year

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article image Bindi Murray has been named this year’s Young Farmer of the Year in recognition of her outstanding livestock practices, sustainable land management and commitment to the wider industry
Bindi Murray, a 31-year-old farmer from Kunmallup Pastoral in Western Australia was selected as this year’s Young Farmer of the Year. Dow AgroSciences Australia partnered with the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural for the first time this year to sponsor the award.
 
Open to all farmers aged between 18 and 35, Ms Murray was selected for the award from over 110 entries.
 
Announcing this year’s winner, Jim Phimister, Marketing Specialist for Dow AgroSciences said that sponsoring the Young Farmer of the Year awards was in keeping with the company’s passion for encouraging young people to consider careers in agriculture.
 
He explains that Dow AgroSciences, as a global company with a commitment to research and development understands that best practice farming and good science are the foundation to developing sustainable solutions to enable farmers to feed the world population, which is expected to double by 2050.
 
He describes Bindi as a great example of best practice farming, with her on-farm innovation and outreach to the wider community making her an obvious choice for the award.
 
Bindi joined her parents on the 6,000-hectare mixed copping and livestock operation at Woodanilling, 240km south of Perth five years ago after a career in agripolitics and genetic research. Since returning to the business to manage the livestock enterprise, which includes 19,000 sheep, Bindi has made a number of important business changes to increase stocking rates, maximise profitability and sustain the land.
 
Some of her initiatives include changing the breeding objective to develop a productive flock that’s easy to care for, purchasing rams sold with Australian Sheep Breeding Values for the farm’s Merino and prime lamb production as well as ensuring careful genetic selection to reduce dags across the flock. They have also managed to reduce wrinkles in the flock as sheep with more wrinkles are more susceptible to fly strike.
 
The careful genetic selection has allowed Bindi to grow stocking rates to between nine and 12 dry sheep equivalent per grazed winter hectare compared to the average stocking rate of eight for the region.

Bindi has also focused on improving land management including managing grazing pressure using spreadsheets and databases to limit the bare areas and wind erosion during autumn.
 
Dow AgroSciences also has a major industry partnership with the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE), a federally funded initiative, which promotes science to high school students to showcase the diverse range of careers in agriculture.

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