Having put home-grown duck firmly on the Australian dinner plate, over the past two decades Mr Bonaccordo has been cementing the future growth of the industry by developing and enforcing uncompromising standards on biosecurity, food safety and animal welfare.
These outstanding efforts last night saw him become this year’s Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (animal category) at the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards held in Sydney.
“We feel very excited about the win,” Mr Bonaccordo said. “It does tell us that a lot of the hard work that we’ve done has been recognised by other people.
“It’s important that we build a great foundation underneath our market. And that foundation is: good farming management practices, good biosecurity, animal welfare, food safety, training – that’s what brands are built on.”
Birdwood helped pioneer a nursery industry accreditation scheme and in 2006 became one of the first nurseries to achieve EcoHort certification. Producing more than 150,000 trees annually, the Youngs say biosecurity has been at the forefront of all production processes in the business
The Farm Biosecurity team would like to congratulate the winners of both categories and the other finalists. They all demonstrate that successful biosecurity practices are not only part of responsible farming, they can also be great for business.