Driving innovation through the production and distribution of high performing, superior quality grain varieties across Australia.
Waratah Seed Company Ltd. (Waratah) is the largest farmer-owned seed company supplying the Australian grains industry.
Waratah produces and markets both registered and commercial seed. Waratah has eight grower members across New South Wales and Victoria, spreading production risk and optimising marketing, distribution and agronomic support.
Waratah’s focus is on providing quality assured seed using quality assured processing, with an effective distribution network and up to date, regional technical support.
NSW Farmer of the Year
Peter and Alison Campbell, Life Members of Waratah Seed Co have been named 2012 NSW Farmer of the Year
Peter and Alison Campbell? crop two-thirds of their 1550 ha property and run a Merino self-replacing flock with the intent of maximising financial performance while managing natural resources. They have been seed producers for many years and have been members of Waratah Seed Co from the beginning. Peter and Alison Campbell run a very well managed farming operation and are leaders in their local community. They impressed the judges with their commitment to profitability and sustainability, and their meticulous approach to weed management.
Judges look for farmers who have implemented the best strategies to manage their land and enterprise profitably and sustainably.
Congratulations Superior Seed Co
Waratah is proud to congratulate one of its members, Superior Seed Co, who were awarded the 2012 Service Excellence Award for Small to Medium Business. The award was presented by the Deniliquin Business Chamber at the annual Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards dinner on Friday 20th July. Superior Seed Co was one of 20 nominations for the award and always prides itself on providing service second to none. The award was greatfully accepted by the staff pictured (from left) Cliff Hampton, John Fordyce, Ian Lea and Trudy McElroy
Purpose Bred Feed Grains - New Field Pea, CRC Walana
The Pork CRC has been investing in the development of varieties more closely suited to the feed-grain needs of the Australian pig industry.
The Pork CRC is also working with the University of Sydney and Crop and Plant Reseach New Zealand Ltd to develop high yielding field peas with feed quality particularly suited to the pork industry.
The first of these field peas varieties, CRC Walana (previously tested as PRL131) is:
- resistant to powdery mildew
- resistant to pea seed borne mosaic virus
- tolerance to bean leaf roll virus
- specifically suited to short season planting in northern NSW and southern Queensland.
Waratah Seed Co Ltd is commerciallising CRC Walana.
The Pork CRC is collaborating with the University of Sydney Triticale Breeding Program to develop triticale varieties. Waratah Seed Co Ltd is commercialising Berkshire, the first triticale variety to come out of that partnership.
Berkshire is in it's second year of commercial production and pig feeding tests are ongoing. Berkshire is currently being grown by grain growers associated with the pork industry. Berkshire is subject to an End Point Royalty on all grain produced.
Waratah Seeds is proud to present a series of technical guidelines aimed to assist triticale producers and end users.
The series includes the following titles. Click the image or the guide title to download a pdf version of the file.
Grain production guide
Area Based Royalty
Waratah Seed Co Ltd has developed an alternative to the End Point Royalty system used to collect levies for investment into plant breeding. The Area Based Royalty currently applies to Endeavour and Tobruk triticale. The aim is to directly support the triticale breeding program that is supporting the industry production system.
Please click here (pdf file) to download an information sheet on the Area Based Royalty.
For further information contact Waratah Seeds Royalty administration by email