The mixed enterprise venture Bonaccord Group is preparing for the next phase of its technical evolution. This is following a sustained period of growth and development across its 1,720-hectare operation, located outside Walpa in eastern Victoria. Vegetables Australia reports.
Bonaccord Group is a multi-faceted business that grows cabbage, cauliflower, beans, sweetcorn, salad leaves, broccoli and potato alongside barley, cattle and the operation of a freight business boasting a fleet of 52 trucks. Despite its breadth and scale, it retains the heart of a family farm and is headed by four brothers and their wives.
Bonaccord Group Director, Gerald Ingram, said the venture relied on a John Deere fleet of equipment, including a powerful lineup of 36 tractors, an L340 Baler, 1725NT ExactEmerge™ Planter and two R4023 Sprayers to help supply 30,000 tonnes of fresh produce to markets in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane each year.
Ingram said connected equipment recording accurate farm data to automate machine functions would become increasingly imperative to the business moving forward.