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Dysart’s Gregg family wins Mark Donaldson Memorial Shield

September 18, 2018

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Competition judge and CQ Commodities manager Craig Wade with Mark Donaldson Memorial winners Nigel and Brian Gregg.

The Gregg family at Kolora, 35km east of Dysart, have won the respected Mark Donaldson Memorial Shield with a crop of MR-Bazley sorghum that yielded 6.5 tonnes per hectare.

Competition judge and CQ Commodities manager Craig Wade recently presented the shield to Brian Gregg and son Nigel.

The advocates of zero till, autosteer, controlled traffic and precision planting grow sorghum, cotton and corn in summer and wheat and chickpeas in winter.

The shield is one of Central Queensland’s most revered cropping awards, honouring respected Capella farmer Mark Donaldson, who died in a tragic accident at family property, Neelia, in 2010. 

The competition, which initially focussed on sorghum crops from the Capella district, began the following year.

In a new direction for the competition, shield organisers announced it would be open to growers from the Central Highlands in 2016.

Mr Donaldson’s base was Capella but he was well known throughout the Central Highlands and Central West.

Previous winners include the Sampson family with MR-Buster in 2017, the Lund family with Pacific MR43 in 2016, Garry Gersbach with MR-Apollo in 2015, Ivan Gowlett with MR-Scorpio in 2014, Garry Gersbach with Pacific MR43 in 2013, David and Alan Storey with MR-Buster in 2012 and Alan Garside with MR-Buster in 2011.