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Durum - Growth Stage
Durum Harvest (November)
to this document:
traceability, sustainable farming, precision agriculture, global
positioning systems (GPS), minimum till farming, Hazard Analysis
Point (HACCP), EGA Bellaroi.
Bellata Gold Durum originates from the farming enterprise owned by
the Cush family at Bellata,
a small village in the North West of New
South Wales. The family have been farming in the area for
years and in the region since the 1900's, currently cropping
4,000 hectares. The size
of the operation gives the business an
advantage in continuity of supply of premium Durum and the
control quality which other pasta manufacturers cannot match.
Built into this farming operation and at the core of the traceability
process is the implementation of the
Hazard Analysis Critical Control
Point (HACCP) Program. The farms at Bellata have had an on-farm
program in place since December 2003. The program involves all aspects
of the farming
of all farming equipment
Documentation of protein, moisture and screenings data
Documentation of storage data including temperature, tonnage
and field in
which the Durum was grown
Preventative maintenance and calibration of harvesting equipment
Documentation of all inputs utilised to grow
The commitment to this on-farm HACCP program is the first important
step in allowing the company
to produce a product that is truly
Each year Bellata Gold has a program to grow 2,000 hectares of Durum
wheat on its farms to supply
the demand for the pasta plant. As demand
increases the farms are capable of increasing the acreage
the growing of Durum as well having the resources to source grain from
within the region.
Any additional grain would be supplied by contract
growers under the strict guidelines set by
Bellata Gold. These
guidelines are set to maintain accountability, traceability and quality.
The region named "Australia's Golden Triangle for Durum is located
within the North West of New South Wales. This golden triangle is an
area bounded by Goondiwindi, Narrabri and Tamworth. This region has a
unique combination of soil and climatic conditions that enable Bellata
Gold to produce some of the highest quality Durum grain in
Australia, if not the world. The region is renowned for growing the
best raingrown durum in the World.
The unique combination of the Golden Triangle's temperature and
create a semi arid environment that has proven to be the
to grow high quality Durum wheat (Triticum durum).
An important differentiating characteristic of the area is the SOIL.
There is a
narrow band of heavy, rich black, self- mulching clay soil
that runs through
this Northern NSW district. Producing a big,
fat, well-nourished, hard grain
with high protein and gluten content.
The unique combination of the regions soils and climatic conditions
Durum wheat high in protein and gluten and rich in colour.
characteristics result in Bellata Gold pasta having
a rich natural golden colour and greater sauce absorption.
To consistently produce high quality
Durum wheat, worlds best agronomic
practices have been adopted
within the farming enterprise. With over 30
years of farming experience in the district the Cush family have
developed practices based on the mantra of SUSTAINABLE FARMING that
reliably produces grain
with both high protein and yield ideal for the
premium pasta market.
During this time, an indepth knowledge of the durum crops biology has
also been acquired and used to
create optimum plant nutrition and
rotations to grow consisent high quality.
The crop rotations developed minimise disease risk and maximise the
plants ability to reach optimum
yield and quality. The introduction of
Broadleaf species (Dicotyledons) which have a different rooting
structure and therefore not a host for the diseases that attack Wheat
(Monocotyledons). By the time,
that Durum is once again grown in the
rotation, the residue levels of disease has reduced to a level that
durum crops are disease free.
To increase and maintain the health of
the soil system within
Bellata Gold's farms, state of the art
"global positioning systems"
(GPS) are used in all Bellata Gold's farm machinery. The GPS
has enabled Bellata Gold to implement controlled
Control traffic is where the wheel widths of machinery are matched
across the farms, allowing the
tyres to run on the same permanent wheel
tracks. By confining soil compaction to permanent wheel
the remainder of the paddock remains compaction free. This
greater root penetration
by the crop and access to the soil moisture
By guiding the farm machinery in exact intervals apart eliminates
overlap of inputs and creates a
more uniform crop.
Bellata Gold also practices Minimum
Till Farming practices. This
is a system that minimises the
amount of soil disturbance within the fields where crops are grown.
Minimising soil disturbance
reduces soil degradation and increases soil
The sustainable farming systems that Bellata Gold utilises, creates a
healthy ecology within its farms,
this is reflected in the
quality Durum that is produced. The use of GPS technolgy allows for
less overlap, less inputs and greater traceablity through the
The Durum wheat varieties grown within
Bellata Gold's operations have
been bred by Dr Ray Hare,
New South Wales Agriculture (NSW
Agriculture). These varieties have been bred specifically for
Golden Durum Triangle. Bellata Gold's association with this research
department ensures that the
company is fully informed about each
variety and allows access to the latest varieties available.
Traceability back to the breeding cycle is another important step in
securing our Genetically Modified
Organism (GMO) FREE Status and
continually improving our Durum quality.
All NSW Agriculture Durum wheats, bred from Dr Ray Hare's team
the "aroi" suffix,
beginning with the first variety Kamilaroi. This is
name of the Aboriginal tribe that inhabited
The latest variety bred by NSW Agriculture has proven to have
"beautiful" pasta-making characteristics
- possibly the best in
the World! The variety is called EGA Bellaroi - "Bella" was an
equally inspired choice.
EGA Bellaroi is a high yielding, disease
resistant, high quality
durum wheat cultivar. EGA Bellaroi is now
used in all Bellata Gold
is triggered by a moisture level in the grain of below 15 percent. This
allows Bellata Gold to start
harvesting its grain well
before other farms, thus secure more grain against the weather.
are also employed to assist with swift removal of
grain from the fields.
The grain is then transported to the on-farm state of the art chemical
free grain storage system. Where it is then tested for protein,
screenings (grain size). From harvest onwards, Bellata Gold guarantees
that there are NO chemicals added to the grain.