“We are quiet achievers and just go about what we’re doing.”
Glenmore dairy farmer Gavin Moore says he and wife Karina were shocked but delighted after being announced as finalists in the NSW Farmer of the Year awards.
Mr Moore said the nomination for the prestigious agricultural accolade “came out of the blue”.
“You don’t go looking for these awards but it’s fantastic news,” he said.
“We farmers are a bit of a dying breed but awards like this make it worthwhile.”
Mr Moore said the couple were proud to be nominated for the award despite battle ongoing drought conditions.
“It’s been a tough 18 months with these weather conditions but hopefully we will get some rain before summer kicks in,” he said.
“Being nominated for honours like this will spur us on.”
The Moore family has run their Glenmore farm for more than 100 years, or seven generations.
The farm focused on wool operations until the turn of the 20th century, when the family shifted into dairy farming.
The Moores supplied Dairy Farmers until 2014 when they moved over to Country Valley Milk.
They now milk 220 Holsteins on average and produce about 1.8 million litres of milk each year.
The Glenmore farm features computer-operated milking machines, rapid exit stall gates and a herringbone pit with a viewing platform, which was designed to host tour and school groups.
Mr Moore said the farm regularly hosted tours which aimed to educate people about their agricultural lifestyle.
“It’s great that we can showcase our farm and we can talk about what we do,” he said.
“We host a lot of kids out of Sydney and some have never seen horses or cows [in person] before. It’s a real eye-opener for them, a whole new world.
“We hope to give some incentive for young people to get back on the land.”
Gavin and Karina Moore will be up against Willbriggie grain producers Glen and Julie Andreazza for the top prize.
The winner, who will take home $10,000, is set to be announced at Parliament House in Sydney on December 5.
NSW Farmers Association president James Jackson said there was an impressive calibre of nominations for this year’s award.
“The award is a chance to identify outstanding farmers by focusing on the entrants’ agricultural management skills, use of innovation, profitability, environmental sustainability and community involvement,” he said.
“We are proud to celebrate the achievements of NSW’s primary producers, who have put the best strategies in place to manage their businesses profitably and sustainably, and help us educate the broader community about the value of our sector.”