Growers share lessons from Japan, South Korea

Growers wander around the Yoshihara Flour Mill in Japan.
Camera IconGrowers wander around the Yoshihara Flour Mill in Japan. Credit: Cally Dupe

What did you take away from this year’s CBH Grower Study Tour?

Kathy Saunders.
Camera IconKathy Saunders. Credit: Cally Dupe

Kathy Saunders, Southern Brook

I think it is so important for CBH to have representatives working in different countries ... it is so advantageous to have those people on the ground, representing WA and the business, and bringing home the messages of what is happening internationally.

Peter Roe.
Camera IconPeter Roe. Credit: Cally Dupe

Peter Roe, Northam

I was impressed with how much effort they put into their food cleanliness and food preparation, we need to make sure that we do everything we can on the farm to make sure the food we produce is clean.

Dan Sanderson, Esperance.
Camera IconDan Sanderson, Esperance. Credit: Cally Dupe

Dan Sanderson, Grass Patch

Japan and South Korea both want a sustainable supply of quality grain. I was in awe of how well organised the Japanese and South Koreans are, how they conduct business, the lack of pollution in their heavy industries, and how good of a job they do with their milling industry ... it was all done very well.

Judith Nolan, Esperance.
Camera IconJudith Nolan, Esperance. Credit: Cally Dupe

Judith Nolan, Grass Patch

Both markets are keen to have an Australian product. The trip really made that connection from paddock to plate. It made it very clear that what we are making is a sought-after product, that they are keen to source the supply and we are able to supply it.

James Haggerty, Wyalkatchem.
Camera IconJames Haggerty, Wyalkatchem. Credit: Cally Dupe

James Haggarty, Wyalkatchem

I think it was a fantastic opportunity to experience what the customer is using our product for, and what they are really looking for. It was a big eye-opener for what quality they need, which is a minimal amount of -chemical residue and no seed -contamination.

Wayne Boys, Geraldton.
Camera IconWayne Boys, Geraldton. Credit: Cally Dupe

Wayne Boys, Geraldton

It really hammered home the value of CBH’s relationships they have developed over the years. It was also a reminder that the grain we produce is someone else’s food, which is easy to forget when you are dealing with a bulk commodity at harvest time. Also, it was clear how easy it would be for them to substitute our grain with someone else’s on the world market.

Ray Arnold.
Camera IconRay Arnold. Credit: Cally Dupe

Ray Arnold, Cascade

It was a humongous learning experience. The biggest thing I took away was how focused the millers are on hygiene, it really was second-to-none. Even in the feed mills, the hygiene was really stringent.

Kim Graham, Mukinbudin.
Camera IconKim Graham, Mukinbudin. Credit: Cally Dupe

Kim Graham, Mukinbudin

The biggest thing that stuck with me was the cleanliness, the standard of the machinery and the efficiency per person working in each mill. They don’t have a lot of staff, but they are very efficient. I also found the culture fascinating, it was very respectful.

Don Heasman.
Camera IconDon Heasman. Credit: Cally Dupe

Don Heasman, Ardath

How fastidious they are about the product they produce at their flour mills, and at the wagyu facility. I also learned that they are prepared to pay for our grain, but they do not want to spend any more than they already are.

Matt Kerin.
Camera IconMatt Kerin. Credit: Cally Dupe

Matt Kerin, Katanning

We have to keep the quality of our grain up, but at the end of the day, price is still number one. The relationship that CBH has with these customers is incredibly important and they need to work hard to keep that relationship going.

Luke Growden, Merredin.
Camera IconLuke Growden, Merredin. Credit: Countryman, Cally Dupe

Luke Growden, Merredin

I really enjoyed seeing the finished product of what we grow, and the care the Japanese and South Koreans put into the finished product — whether that is alcohol, flour or meat.

Brian McAlpine.
Camera IconBrian McAlpine. Credit: Cally Dupe

Brian McAlpine, Dalwallinu

There were two parts to it – it was fantastic to hear and see growers’ reactions to meeting their customers and seeing their grain at the end of the value chain, and it also that our relationships with Japan and South Korea are still important.

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