Mackay sugar mills on target to finish November 17

ON TRACK: Mills are on track to finish by the forecast date.
ON TRACK: Mills are on track to finish by the forecast date. Fallon Hudson

THE Mackay mills crushed 229,533 tonnes for the week ending October 13.

Farleigh Mill's crush hours were the highest for the season and the effective sugar rate remains high. Replacement of No1 Boiler FD draft fan bearings contributed to the downtime at Marian Mill. Racecourse Mill had a clarifier carryover and boiler operation changes which slowed throughput during the week. The Mackay mills are on track to wrap-up the season by November 17.

  •  Farleigh: 76,867 tonnes
  •  Marian: 82,223 tonnes
  •  Racecourse: 70,442 tonnes
  •  Total for week: 229,532

PRS for week: 16.41

CCS for week: 15.98

 Total cane crushed to date: 3,832,338 tonnes

 PRS average 14.74

 CCS average 14.42

 2013 crop estimate: 5 million tonnes

Plane Creek Region cane supply manager Tony Marino said 61,023 tonnes of cane were crushed for the week.

He said the shredder tips were turned on Thursday.

"CCS continued to rise during the week, causing crush rate and throughput to decline due to increased load on the process end of the factory," he said.

The highest CCS sample was from a rake of fourth ratoon Q208 at 18.18 from the Mt. Christian Productivity District.

The amount of cane crushed for the season to date is 964, 339 and the CCS to date is 14.92.

Topics:  cane harvest sugar sugar crush

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