LIVERPOOL Plains grain growers are set to benefit from a dedicated local marketing effort as Philp Brodie Grain opens its doors for business in Quirindi.
The grain-marketing group has been operating in the area for a number of years, but will officially celebrate its arrival and opening of a new office tomorrow with the member for Upper Hunter, George Souris, on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11.30am.
Philp Brodie Grain general manager Tom Howard said the group has dedicated a grain merchant and an office manager to Quirindi to better serve Liverpool Plains growers.
“We are keen to replicate the close working relationship we’ve developed with growers across Queensland and northern NSW,” Mr Howard said.
“Our grower-focused service has resulted in Philp Brodie Grain being one of the leading grain partners in the region.”
Grain merchant Andrew Paton will look after growers’ marketing needs around the Quirindi, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Mullaley and Coolah areas.
Office manager Sophie Robertson will be responsible for customer service and day-to-day business requirements.
Mr Howard said the team was looking forward to getting to know local farmers.
“As we move into the thick of harvest, Andrew and Sophie will be available to speak to growers about a range of grain marketing options to suit their business,” he said.
Mr Howard said growers who were able to take time from harvest would be joining the celebrations tomorrow.
“The harvest is really just starting to get into full swing around the area,” he said.
“Canola is nearly done, with probably only 5 per cent of the crop left to come off.
“Durum wheat is still two to three weeks away – and we’re really only getting into the start of the barley.”
Mr Howard said rainfall had been patchy which had resulted in crops of varying quality.
“We’re still going to see some good crops out there, but farmers who missed out on spring rain aren’t as confident,” he said.
“We’ll have a much better idea on how things are looking once more headers get rolling.
“World grain prices remain strong, which means growers will be looking to make the most of
whatever they strip this harvest.”
Mr Howard encouraged grain growers to drop into the new Philp Brodie Grain office at 191 George St, Quirindi and say hello to the team.