Field Tour and Site Visit
CBH Metro Grains Centre
The $120 million Metro Grains Centre was built in 1998 and is one of the most innovative and advanced grain receival, storage and distribution complexes in the world. Located in Perth, it is fully computerised and can store over 200,000 tonnes of grain. The Centre has the ability to clean grain; adding value to the product by preparing it for specialised markets. Delegates will tour the world-class facilities, which also house the Australian Grain Centre (see below).
Australian Grain Centre
Performing more than 100,000 analyses each year, the Australian Grain Centre has become a focal point for research and intelligence in grain quality and provides seed breeders, marketers, international customers and grain growers with an unheralded level of intelligence on the quality and processing performance of today’s crop varieties.
The Centre uses a complete system for monitoring laboratory samples based on barcodes as unique identifiers to protect the integrity of samples. This enables individual samples to be tracked or located immediately enabling prompt and efficient delivery of sample results to customers.
Delegates will experience first-hand the state of the art technology in operation at the Australian Grain Centre and the procedures used to meet customer requirements for grain quality assessment.
Headquartered in Canada, Viterra’s global agribusiness has extensive operations across Western Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with a growing international presence in the United States, Japan, Singapore, China, and Switzerland.
Viterra Malt situated in Perth, Western Australia, is the largest malt producer in the southern hemisphere; generating more than a half a million tonnes of malt each year.
Malt produced by Viterra is sold under the Joe White Maltings’brand name and supplies brewers in Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, eastern Russia and Malaysia.
The Viterra Malt tour will enable delegates to view the internationally accredited processes used by Viterra to produce malt destined for domestic and international markets.
Grain production enterprise, Wongan Hills
Delegates will head 200 kilometres north-east of Perth into the heart of the wheatbelt to experience the operations of one of Western Australia’s leading grain growers, Mr Robert Sewell.
The Wongan Hills area produces on average about two tonnes of wheat per hectare on just 200 millimetres of growing season rainfall. The tour will enable delegates to understand the technical and agronomic strategies used by Western Australian grain growers to successfully produce grain in a relatively dry climate.
Lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided during the tour.