Woods Point couple is Farmer of the Year finalist

Woods Point dairy farmers Kym and Kate Bartlett are among four South Australians who have made the cut as finalists in the 2013 Australian Farmers of the Year Awards.

The Bartletts will be one of three families fighting for the Dairy Farmer of the Year title at the award ceremony on September 12, at the Sofitel in Melbourne, and among 33 people considered for the overall title of Farmer of the Year.

Other SA finalists include Barmera's Ashley Ratcliff looking at the Horticultural Grower of the Year award, Parndana's John and Jo Symons in the Wool Producer of the Year category and Bordertown's Richard and Jacquie Halliday in the Biosecurity Farmer of the Year - Animal category.

There are 11 categories judges will look at to recognise the contributions of individuals and families to the agricultural sector and it is from that pool of talent they will search for an overall winner.

Judges will consider innovation, sustainability and overall contribution to the field in the categories of dairy, livestock, diversification, rural leader, grain grower, biosecurity animal, biosecurity plant, horticulture, grower, wool producer, young farmer and farm safety leader.

The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by Australian farmers and farming families in their pursuit of excellence across the agricultural sector and aim to inspire and encourage career choices and investment interest in Australian agriculture.

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