CBH Group has attributed its its best shipping performance in its 90-year history to a laser-sharp focus on “field leadership” across its business as it starts to outturning a much smaller crop during the next 12 months. The co-operative this month revealed it had outturned more than 21.9 million tonnes of grain during its 2022-23 shipping year — between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 — from its four export terminals. CBH Group chief operations officer Mick Daw attributed the “huge achievement” to the co-operative’s staff, who he said “demonstrates resilience and determination”. “I want to thank all of our employees, contractors and growers for the role they played in delivering this result safely and demonstrating our ability to rise to the challenge,” he said,. “It is important to recognise the extraordinary lengths that everyone has gone to, to keep grain moving through the system. “This feat has never been achieved in our co-operative’s 90-year history and deserves to be celebrated.” It also exported 560,000 tonnes through container shipments and “other” out turns, in a year that also notched up nine new monthly statewide shipping records. This included shipping 4.1Mt from the Port of Albany and breaking seven monthly records, shipping 3.Mt from the Port of Esperance and breaking three monthly records in the year, and shipping 3Mt from the Port of Geraldton and breaking two monthly records. It’s Perth-based export facility, the Kwinana Grain Terminal, shipped 8.7Mt of grain and broke ten monthly records in the year. More than 10.9Mt was also moved on rail during a 12-month period, setting ten new monthly records for rail movements. CBH Group also achieved impressive road movements, with 11.4Mt moved and seven new monthly tonnage records set. Mr Daw said it was important to note that “most importantly” the records were achieved safely. “While harvest was challenging, an increased focus on field leadership through the back end of the year saw a solid decrease in the number of injuries,” he said. “This milestone demonstrates the hard work and effort across the supply chain to build a solid foundation for the CBH Strategy and reach our end goal of 3 million tonnes by 2033.” CBH’s grain carry over was down to 5.5Mt at September 30.