Geoffrey Kitchin Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence inAgriculture
Geoffrey Kitchin arranges agricultural tours and visits
TATURA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, May 5, 2013, Geoffrey Kitchin, ManagingDirector of Australian Farm Stays & Agricultural Tours, has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in agriculture.
Mr. Kitchin has 25 years of experience as a managing director of Australian Farm Stays & Agricultural Tours. As an agricultural expert, he is responsible for managing all aspects of the company. He attributes his success to his passion for customer satisfaction, and he became involved in his profession because he was a farmer and had an interest in agriculture. Mr.Kitchin is a member of ATEC. In years to come, he hopes to continue on the same path.
Australian Farm Stays & Agricultural Tours is an Australian farm and agricultural tours company that provides agricultural tours and vacation stay packages. In addition, Mr. Kitchin's company arranges visits to research facilities in all States in Australia..For more information about Australian Farm Stays &Agricultural Tours, visit http://www.australianfarmstay.com.au.
We offer Agriculural Tours to all states in Australia, we are experts at putting all types of Agricultural tours together, we have been doing this for 20 years now and have supplied tours for thousands of happy customers. Our tours cater for all types of groups including Government bodies, Councils, Farmers Associations and Students.
Our Tours cover all types of farming in Australia as seen on our web-site front pages, and can include visits to Government Research Institutes in each State, All Australian States have a major Research center covering the type of Agriculture a group may be interested in. The following video's are very informative and highlight the Rice growing Course at the Yanco Research Institute at Leeton which is very benificial to all rice growing countries world wide.
Australian Agricultural Tours is a department of Australian Farm Stay. We arrange tours to all types of farms, agricultural universities, agricultural research stations and agricultural businesses related to rural industries Australia-wide.
Australian Agricultural Tours has been operating for the last 20 years in all states of Australia. We can arrange customised tours as requested by inbound operators and travel agents for all Australian agricultural industries, including:
- rice, wheat, oats, barley and lucerne
- all types of fruit from stone fruit to anything from tropical fruits in Cairns to organic apples in Tasmania.
- dairy cattle in many areas of Australia producing milk, butter, cheese and many by products.
- beef cattle from Northern Queensland to Victoria
- feed lots and open grazing
- award winning wine making, Australia wide
- aqua-culture, mostly in the Southern Australian states
- vegetables growing in large quantities at Cairns, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne
- flowers growing in most areas of Australia
- land-care and land reclamation are two areas we are very strong in
Our Agricultural tours are well known with inbound tour operators Australia wide. We have built up good contacts over the last 20 years in all areas of agriculture in Australia. We can arrange tours in the regions listed below.
|Deniliquin (out of Melbourne, Victoria)|
|The Big Country Rice Industry. |
Tours to Deniliquin can be conducted from Melbourne by a 3 1/2 hr coach to Deniliquin. Tours can include visits to:
- Larger area rice farms
- The largest rice mill in the Southern hemisphere
- The Wakool/Tullakool land reclamation scheme - where 70,000 hectares of land has been reclaimed after salt had rendered the area down to 40% of normal production
- N.S.W. Department of Agriculture lecture and slide presentation on rice growing
- Vegetable growing at Jerilderie
- Wheat and barley crops and lucerne production for sale to Japan
- Dairy and beef cattle farms
- Artesian bores pumping water to grow rice
- Laser levelled paddocks with their own water re-cycling systems
- Large irrigation systems
The Big Country Rice Industry
Our tours to Deniliquin include the largest rice farms in the world. Vast areas of rice are being grown on real outback properties. These farmers are achieving the highest yields in the world, with crops yielding up to 13 tonnes of paddy rice to the hectare. For the last 2 years, over 1800 tonnes of milled rice has left Deniliquin every day - with many different varieties of rice being exported to 40 countries around the world.
Deniliquin is the central point for the Murray Valley Irrigation area of Southern N. S.W. with a population of 8,000 people this thriving country town acts as a service centre for a large range of Agricultural pursuits carried out in the surrounding districts. Deniliquin rode on the Sheeps back until rice was first grown at Tullakoot in 1948, since then the Murray Irrigation System and the rice industry have increasingly contributed to Deniliquins economy.
Visit the Deniliquin rice mill visitors centre, the worlds largest rice mill, 52% of the total Australian crop is milled at Deniliquin. Most of the rice exported to Asia is grown and milled at Deniliquin.
A tour of the Visitors Centre includes rice tasting and an English, Japanese and Korean speaking video on the Australian rice industry and a display which includes a lecture of all by-products of the Australian rice industry.
A comprehensive lecture and slide presentation by Mr John Fowler. B.R.U.S.C.I. Rice Agronomist can be arranged at the Deniliquin College of T.A.F.E.
A Deniliquin tour can include visits to:
- 1,000 hectare rice crops, 1,000 hectare tomato crops, a A$30million tomato processing plant at Echuca, 40 hectare asparagus crops, 60 hectare onion crops
- Rotary dairies and cattle studs, large dry area and irrigated wheat, barley and oat crops, large area alfalfa stands, canola and other oil seed crops
- 'Boonoke' Australia's largest Merino sheep stud
- Large areas of agroforestry plantations of native trees to be eventually used in the timber industry. Red-gum forest regeneration in the Barmah redgum forest. The Wakool/Tullakool Landcare Reclamation Scheme which has successfully reclaimed 50,000 hectares of salinity affected land
- Privately owned irrigation systems that pump up to 480 megalitres of water daily, artesian bores pumping 12 megalitres of water daily - used for rice production and irrigation purposes
- Laser levelled irrigation lay-outs with their own drainage water recycling system
|Leeton (out of Sydney, NSW)|
Deniliquin and Leeton in the Riverina area of N.S.W. The M.I.A. area of NSW grows 50% of Australia's rice crop with the other 50% being grown at Deniliquin in the Murray valley area.
We can arrange tours to both these areas. Leeton is reached by flying to Wagga Wagga Airport from Sydney, then by coach to Leeton. Tours can be overnight or day trips. Including visits to rice farms, fruit juice factories, wineries, orchards and the Yanco Agricultural Research Station.
| Out of Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth |
Australia grows 20,000,000 tonnes of wheat in an average rainfall year. From southern Queensland right through NSW and Victoria, over to South Australia. Western Australia has a very strong wheat growing history as well.
We can arrange visits to broad-acre wheat farms in all states, including visits to wheat storage facilities, agricultural research centres, wheat export facilities at Geelong in Victoria and Kwinana in Western Australia. We also arrange visits to major machinery dealerships which handle the machinery used to grow and harvest wheat in Australia.
|Fruit Tours (Vic & WA)|
|Out of Shepparton & Cobram (VIC) as well as Perth (WA) |
Stone fruits and Citrus OrchardsShepparton, Victoria: Stone fruits (apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines, nashi) are grown at Shepparton. The SPC and Ardmona Canneries produce huge amounts of fruit for the export trade. Large areas of tomatoes (Hianz) are also produced as well as staked tomatoes for the supermarket trade.
Cobram, Victoria: Cobram is the home of citrus growers, producing oranges, lemons, mandarins and grapefruits for the domestic and export markets.
Tasmania: Huon Valley in Tasmania is the place for organic apples
Perth, Western Australia: Perth also has various fruit farms well worth a visit
Sydney: has the Hawkesbury Valley with some orchards still growing fruit
Wineries are Australia wide
|Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns & Perth. All types of vegetables |
Melbourne is the only part of Australia where the weather permits 12 months of the year production. Large acreage farming is now the normal practice - 300 hectares of staked tomatoes for the supermarket trade, hydroponic truss tomatoes, potatoes at Ballarat and Thorpdale. The small market gardener is becoming obsolete as progress demands farmers produce large amounts of produce to make a living. The same thing has happened in all parts of Australia. Sydney has farms in the Hawkesbury Valley we can visit; Perth has large acreage carrot farms that export to Asia; Cairns has many farms in the Tablelands producing large amounts of vegetables. Tours can be arranged wherever the group would like to visit.
|Tours of nurseries can be arranged in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide Flower Tours can be arranged to early morning flower markets in most major cities, followed by visits to the actual nurseries and flower farms where the flowers are produced in all major cities of Australia.|
|Dairy Farming Tours|
|Melbourne, Cairns, Perth. |
Dairy farming in Australia is a very strong industry which exports world wide. We can arrange visits to 500 cow rotary dairies; visits to Murray-Goulburn factories in Victoria; we can arrange tours from Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
Although 70% of the dairy industry is based in Victoria, other states also have their own dairy industries. We can arrange visits to a robotic dairy at Rosedale in Victoria and to wind farm dairies at Malanda near Cairns.
Leongatha Cattle Industry
The South Gippsland area of South Eastern Australia is the heaviest stock carrying region in Australia, with annual average rainfall of up to 95Omm. Leongatha, Warrigal and Korumburra are the centre of the richest dairy farming area in Australia. Visits to this area are easily arranged as it is only a 1 1/2 hrs drive from Melbourne.
An educational day can be spent at the Ellenbank Dairy Research Centre at Poowong. Australian scientists lecture on nutrition utilization, pasture development, supplementary feeding, metabolism monitoring and milk testing methods and any other subject relating to cattle farming in Australia.
Large rotary dairies can be visited milking 300 cows an hour. The Murray Goulbourn factory at Leongatha is the largest milk factory in Australia with deliveries of 3,000,000 litres daily in the busy season. They produce butter, soft butter, cream, milk, long life milks, milk powders, and many other by-products of the dairy industry. Cheese factories are also available for visits in this area. Work experience on cattle farms is available in this area, both dairy farms and beef cattle farms are available to both students and visiting farmers.
|Beef Cattle Tours|
|Tours can be arranged from Cairns, Rockhampton & Melbourne. |
Beef cattle are prevalent in most coastal areas of Australia, with Queensland, NSW and Victoria being the major states as far as cattle production is concerned. Many breeds of cattle are raised with major differences in different states of Australia. Any amount of beef cattle studs are available for inspections in this area as well.
We can show you Murray Grey, Shorthorn, Hereford, Angus, Red Angus, Limousin, Gelbveih, Belgian Blue and Santa Gertrudas all within a 2 hour drive of Melbourne. An abattoir killing 300 beasts a day for the export market can be included in our itineraries as well as a hide tannery where the complete tanning operation from the animal skin to the leather coat finished for sale can be seen. Australian Beef Seminars and Lectures can be arranged at Ellenbank Research Station.
|Wakool / Tullakool|
|Successful Land Reclamation Scheme|
The Wakool/Tullakool Sub-surface Drainage Scheme is the largest land reclamation scheme ever attempted in Australia. The scheme has reclaimed 20,000 hectares of land that was badly affected by salinity and rising water tables - productivity was down 60%. The scheme has successfully restored the land to the present stage of 100% production.
This scheme also maintains water table levels of 2 1/2 metres over another 30,000 hectares, thus protecting an overall area of 50,000 hectares. The scheme consists of 54 tube-wells pumping saline water through 134 kilometres of pipelines up to one metre in diameter. The salty water is pumped to large evaporation ponds where it evaporates and the remaining salt is harvested by a commercial operation.
The scheme was installed in 1985 after 35 years of irrigation on very porous soils had forced the water table to rise to the surface in a large part of the area. At this time a lot of farmers were already pumping small amounts of water from underground in an effort to lower the water table. The Federal Government finally stepped in and installed this scheme to lower the water table. The N.S.W. and Federal Governments spent $A32,000,000 on the scheme. It is now the most successful land reclamation scheme in Australia.
We arrange tours of this scheme with the assistance of Murray Irrigation (The Farmers Cooperation) who control the scheme. A photo display of before and after the scheme at the Murray Irrigation Offices in Wakool followed by a conducted tour of the district with a Murray Irrigation officer is included in the tour.
The scheme is situated 80km west of Deniliquin and 33km northwest of Barham in the South Western area of N.S.W.
FRUIT TOURS: CAIRNS: ATHERTON TABLELANDS: Tropical Fruits Paradise:
CAIRNS: Is the home of tropical fruits with a huge list of produce from this area, The Atherton Tablelands are the most versatile Agricultural area in Australia, producing the following fruits, Avocado, Banana, Bamboo, Citrus fruits, Custard Apples, Longans, Lychees, Macadamia nuts, Mango's, Papaya's Paw Paws, Peanuts, Pineapples and Strawberries. The Atherton Tablelands are only an hours drive from Cairns and also produce Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle with Rotary Dairies, Coffee plantations, Inland water fish Farming, Flower farming, Malanda Milk Factory, Potatoes, Sugar cane and Tea Plantations. Mango, lemon and other fruits are being distilled into beautiful tasting wines and liquors on the Tablelands, a must try type of wine.
Cairns: Atherton Tablelands: "Tropical Fruits Paradise"
Cairns is the home of tropical fruits with a huge list of produce from this area. The Atherton Tablelands are the most versatile agricultural area in Australia, producing the following fruits: Avocado, banana, bamboo, citrus fruits, custard apples, longans, lychees, macadamia nuts, mangos, papayas, paw paws, peanuts, pineapples and strawberries.