Tasmania cleans up at Farmer of the Year awards

Australian Farmer of the Year Awards 2015 Photo by Sarah Keayes The Photo Pitch www.thephotopitch.com.au

Vanessa and Matt Dunbabin. Photo by Sarah Keayes.

Fifth generation Dunalley farmer, Matt Dunbabin has been named the 2015 Farmer of the Year, one of three Tasmanian farmers to win four of the nine categories presented at the Farmer of the Year Awards in Sydney in early September.

Together with his wife Vanessa, the Dunbabins took out both the overall award and the Diversification Farmer of the Year award, for their 6000 hectare Tasman Peninsula farm which produces wine, wool, beef, sheep and oysters, as well as providing tourism accommodation.

Northern Tasmanian honey producer, Lindsay Bourke was named the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year, after being a finalist in the competition last year.

Brian and Michele Lawrence from Meander also won Dairy Farmer of the Year.

The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards are sponsored by Kondin Group and ABC Rural, to recognise farmers and farming families for their business practices and the contribution they make to Australia’s agriculture industry and the broader economy.

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