Anco – The Geelong Connection

Anco Seed and Turf Pty Ltd commenced operation in 1977 on a 20-acre farm in Newtown on the banks of the Barwon River and we proudly lay claim to being one of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula’s, oldest and continuous horticultural businesses.

Anco Turf History

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John Cotter was a founder of the business, and the family interest of turf farming continues today with John Cotters’ son Ryan and daughter Sasha, now owning and operating the entire business. Ryan and Sasha both grew up on the farm with Ryan commencing his working career as a production farm hand.

In the early days of Anco, John employed a young Chris Bell who was a promising Under 19 Geelong footballer to help with the day to day running of the farm. Over the ensuing years several Geelong footballers worked part time for the company that back then only grew Ryegrass and Bluegrass turf. One of the original farm staff, Alistair Errey, is still with us and is the Head of Turf Production for the company.

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The first decade of the 21st Century saw drought conditions prevail across Victoria and both Geelong, Bellarine and Melbourne were subjected to harsh water restrictions for lawns and gardens. This necessitated a radical change in the grass species that Anco’s operation grew. Instead of the cool season grasses such as Tall Fescue, Bluegrass and Ryegrass, the warm season and drought tolerant varieties of Soft Leaf Buffalo, Couchgrass and Kikuyu became the staple of our production and sales. Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula are covered in these grasses that were grown at Torquay.

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The Torquay farm was also the birthplace of the turf that adorns the “famous Flemington Racetrack”.

Caulfield and Werribee Racecourses along with several other high profile and quality sports surfaces, sourced their turf from the Torquay farm. One of the reasons for these professional turf facilities using our turf is because it is grown on a sand base that matches the free draining sands that they construct their sports surfaces and soil profiles with.

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The Torquay farm turf is grown using recycled water from the Black Rock treatment plant along with captured rainwater runoff. No potable water is used in irrigation during the turf production process.

We employ over 30 staff on a permanent basis. Several of the staff are long serving qualified members of the greater turf industry and their overall knowledge of all things turf is astounding. This knowledge factor is often underestimated by clientele as a by-product and is a service that is available at any time, simply by contacting us.

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From humble beginnings the Anco operation has now expanded to having over 1500 acres under production across several farms including Torquay. Our turf varieties DNA Certified Sir Walter, TifTuf Bermuda, Eureka Kikuyu, Sir Grange Zoysia and RTF Tall Fescue are the industry’s leading grasses and are all grown by us for our clientele of professional turf Managers, Landscapers, Contractors, and the public.

It is our intention to continue our presence as a supplier, employer and benefactor to the Geelong and Bellarine region and we look forward to being of service for all your turf and lawn product requirements.

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