Fast Facts

40 years of Premer Shield

2017 marks 40 years of the Premer Shield, New South Wales’ most prestigious sorghum growing award.

To recognise the occasion, we take a look at the past 10 years of the competition.

Held in Premer, a 1.5-hour drive south west of Tamworth, the annual Premer Field Day has been running since 1977.

An integral part of the field day, the crop competition pits grower against grower in a contest for the Rosebowl Trophy – champion sunflower crop, Premer Plate – champion wheat crop and Premer Shield – champion sorghum crop.

Other awards presented on the day include the Wilf Hockings Memorial Trophy, the Mick Gaynor Trophy for Local Farmer of the Year, best local sorghum crop and best local wheat crop.

2016 – Staplegrove


Michael Norman, Willow Tree

MR-Scorpio at 9t/ha

2015 – Belandi


Andrew Crossing, Richard Burns and Jamie Crossing, Spring Ridge

MR-Scorpio at 9.2t/ha

2014 – Rockedgiel


Colin and Andrew Campbell, Premer


2013 – Glenkerry


John and Simon Tourle, Quirindi

Pacific MR43 at 8.5t/ha

2012 – Yarrabah


Neil and Jeff Barwick, Willow Tree

MR-Striker at 9.5t/ha

2011 – Kawarrah


Scott Chambers, Bundella

G22 at 6t/ha

2010 – Belandi


Jamie Crossing, Spring Ridge

MR-Eclipse at 10.5t/ha

2009 – Merrivale Partnership


Rob and Kate Davidson, Tambar Springs

Pacific 2423 at 10t/ha


2008 – Yarrabah


Neil and Jeff Barwick, Willow Tree

MR-Buster at 11.8t/ha

2007 – Romani Pastoral Company


Jim Mitchell, Mandeville, Premer

MR-Buster at 8t/ha

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