​​Media Release

Strong farming partnership top of the crop

23 February 2018

  • Matthew and Rachel Hinkley have taken out Weekly Times Coles Farmer of the Year 2017
  • The Hinkelys have grown their business at Derrinallum, South Western Victoria by 400 per cent in 13 years.

Local Derrinallum duo Matthew and Rachel Hinkley have proven they are a force to be reckoned with, taking out the top award of 2017 Weekly Times Coles Farmer of the Year.

Presenting the award at last night's ceremony, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the duo were a shining example of outstanding farming practices in Australia.

"In just 13 short years the Hinkleys have grown their operation by a whopping 400 per cent to 1460ha of predominantly grain and hay," Minister Littleproud said.

"The couple's farming business uses scientific ingenuity such as raised bed cropping to avoid crop losses in wet years.

"The Hinkleys embody the true ingenuity and resilience of the Australian farmer.

"The Hinkleys are determined to keep growing their business."

"We are driven by economics, we believe there is as much done in the farm office as there is out there in the paddock," Matthew and Rachel Hinkley said.

Minister Littleproud said it was businesses like theirs that were driving agriculture as an economic powerhouse, worth around $63 billion to the national economy.

"Every day thousands of motivated Australians are working hard fixing fences, seeding, spraying and praying for rain to produce the world-class food and fibre the rest of us enjoy.

"I congratulate all successful finalists."

  • Cropping Farmer of the Year – Matthew and Rachel Hinkley, Derrinallum VIC
  • Beef Farmer of the Year – Rosedale Charolais, Blayney NSW
  • Sheep Farmer of the Year – Yalgoo Genetics, Walcha NSW
  • Dairy Farmer of the Year – Dehne and Sarah Vinnicombe, Calivil VIC
  • Horticulture Farmer of the Year – Taste 'N See Strawberries, Bellmere QLD
  • Farm Magazine Innovative Farmer of the Year – Tasmanian Saffron, Glaziers Bay TAS​