Cotton, Water managment

Cotton farming: Coleambally cotton grower Larry Walsh grows for gold

30 July 2017

LINDSAY HAYES, The Weekly Times
July 26, 2017 12:00am
A DECISION to diversify into farming has proven a boon for third-generation truckie Larry Walsh.

His livelihood as an owner/driver carting agricultural products interstate brought Larry into contact with farmers and sparked his interest in joining them.

“From 1982 to 2001 I focused on transport; then I went into farming at Coleambally (in the NSW Riverina) with rice,” he said.

Larry is no novice at tackling new endeavours, having earlier diversified his transport business into fertiliser sales and distribution which is now in a partnership with Elders Rural Merchandise.

The transport enterprise is still running at full throttle with the four-truck fleet operated by son Travis, while Larry concentrates on growing the farm business.

He trades as Larry Walsh Pty Ltd for both farming and transport.

Now in his 50s, the father of four, married to Lynn, is a leading cotton and cereals producer.

The Walsh family grows 1200ha of irrigated cotton and 1000ha of dryland cereals on four properties farmed as one at Coleambally and two leased properties, the historic Gillenbah and Euroley stations, at Narrandera.

The land has been laser-levelled and redeveloped to suit cotton and represents an expansion of the cropping area.

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