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Cotton season humming at North Bourke Gin

North Bourke Gin Yard Manager Luke Demmery lining up the cotton for ginning. Photo TWH

Things are humming along at Namoi Cotton’s North Bourke Cotton Gin as the local ginning team approaches the three-quarter mark of a remarkable season.

Although the sound of a cotton gin humming has not been heard throughout the township of Bourke this season, with the Clyde Cotton Gin not operational, the hum at North Bourke has been constant for most of the 2021 season.

Namoi Cotton Account Manager Jacob Booby says things are running well out at North Bourke Gin now, after a few problems at the start of the season.

“Things are running smoother out there now. We didn’t gin at all in 2019 and 2020, which always meant starting up again would present a few teething issues.

“We’re probably seventy five percent of the way through our season, having ginned about 45,000 bales so far.

“Dependent on the yield, we could gin anywhere from 55,000 to 60,000 bales,” he said.

Mr Booby said the yields have been high this season with an average of over 14 bales per hectare across the gin.

“We have a couple of growers at Bourke, and the average is good right across the region.

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