AFTER a bumper harvest last year, East Coast Stockfeeds (ECS) are excited for what looks like another fantastic season ahead, and are looking forward to catching up with farmers and their families at their upcoming annual information session.
ECS director, Stuart Dolden, said that it will be great to catch up with people again before the start of a busy season. "Obviously COVID has affected things but now that a lot of people are out of lockdown, it will be great to see familiar faces, catch up for some drinks and food, and look at what is happening in the industry," he said. "It will be quite an informal evening where we will look at the upcoming harvest, grower requirements, expected yields and planning deliveries, along with any contract opportunities and the expected cash prices ahead."
Stuart said he was also looking forward to bringing people up to date with changes within ECS. "We will be discussing our vastly improved site operations position in relation to increased permanent staff members, new bunkers, augers, grain tarps and loaders to best cater for the needs of our local farmers," he said. "ECS has two private storage and container packing facilities at Billimari and Gooloogong, and also receives grain delivered into other bulk handlers across the eastern states for various export markets and distribution across NSW, Victoria and Queensland."
ECS has been operating for over 100 years, with Stuart and his partner Amie taking over the business last year. The team have invested heavily into the business including increasing storage capacity by 50 per cent through building new sheds, in addition to purchasing new equipment including augers and loaders.
Stuart and his family are committed to continue bringing a strong and dependable ECS into the future. Stuart has a keen interest in sustainability throughout the agricultural industry and is constantly updating himself and all staff with the latest knowledge and strategies best in the buying, selling and storing of grain.
While rainfall and mice caused issues during last years harvest, Stuart said he is hoping 2021 will run a little smoother. "Obviously last year there were concerns with mice and how wet everything was but we're always confident of overcoming any challenges," he said. "This years outlook is expected to be above average yields despite some early yield loss due to wet conditions over the last few months, which hopefully is made up with good growing conditions from now to harvest."
ECS will be hosting their 2021 information session at the Gooloogong Country Club on Thursday, September 23 from 3pm. Those who would like to attend can contact Amie Dolden on 0402 284 355.