Lots to see and do at Farm World 2016

Farm World News - - Farm World 2016 -

It’s on again, Farm World Field Days will be held at Lard­ner Park near War­ragul from Thurs­day April 7 to Sun­day April 10 and they will be big­ger and bet­ter than ever!

Farm World has grown to be one of Aus­tralia’s largest re­gional agri­cul­tural events pro­vid­ing a unique plat­form for farm ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers, sup­pli­ers and dis­trib­u­tors to launch new prod­ucts and to show­case their ranges.

Ex­hibitors find it to be an es­sen­tial venue to high­light changes in tech­nol­ogy, and to main­tain and es­tab­lish new con­tacts.

Farm World 2016 has in­cor­po­rated a num­ber of new ini­tia­tives and, with over 750 ex­hibitors, vis­i­tors will find a com­pre­hen­sive range of prod­ucts and dis­plays to in­spect and to gather the lat­est in­for­ma­tion to make im­por­tant buy­ing de­ci­sions.

The theme for Farm World 2016 is ‘DAIRY – An in­dus­try on the move’, spot­light­ing the im­por­tance and fu­ture of the in­dus­try, with the fo­cus on best prac­tice, in­no­va­tion and fu­ture ca­reers.

The dairy in­dus­try is Gipp­s­land’s largest agri­cul­tural com­mod­ity and ac­counts for over 20% of Aus­tralia’s milk sup­ply.

Gipp­sDairy and Dairy Aus­tralia are val­ued spon­sors of the dairy theme which builds on Dairy Aus­tralia’s plat­form ‘ LEG­ENDAIRY’ pro­gram show­cas­ing the re­silience and pride of the Aus­tralian dairy in­dus­try.

Their stand at Farm World will high­light the var­i­ous projects be­ing un­der­taken in­clud­ing their fo­cus farms and in­tro­duc­ing adapt­ing tech­nolo­gies to in­crease farm pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Dairy farm­ers’ con­fi­dence in the fu­ture of the in­dus­try re­mains buoy­ant and in­vest­ing for the fu­ture will be a pri­or­ity.

Ad­vances in farm ma­chin­ery, ge­net­ics and tech­nol­ogy con­tinue to play an im­por­tant role in im­prov­ing farm pro­duc­tiv­ity and the new­est in­no­va­tions and im­prove­ments will be on show, such as ro­botic milk­ing sys­tems, sexed se­men, the au­to­matic teat dip­ping and liner flush­ing sys­tem, mas­ti­tis de­tec­tion and pas­ture im­prove­ment meth­ods.

Young farm­ers are the fu­ture of the dairy in­dus­try

A stim­u­lat­ing in­no­va­tion added to this year’s pro­gram is the Young Farm­ers Con­fer­ence which will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Satur­day April 9.

The con­fer­ence’s em­pha­sis will be on prime ar­eas of in­ter­est for young farm­ers, par­tic­u­larly in the dairy sec­tor, such as new tech­nol­ogy, suc­ces­sion plan­ning, al­ter­nate farm­ing busi­ness struc­tures and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties in agri­cul­ture.

The con­fer­ence will fea­ture a range of Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional speak­ers and is sup­ported by the Com­mon­wealth Bank, Gipp­sDairy, Dairy Aus­tralia’s Young Dairy Net­work, Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion, Young Agribusi­ness Pro­fes­sion­als, Young Po­tato Peo­ple and Vic­to­rian Young Farm­ers.

In­spi­ra­tional women in the dairy in­dus­try

The sig­nif­i­cant role that women play within the dairy in­dus­try will be a high­light of the ‘Women in Agri­cul­ture lun­cheon’ to be held on Thurs­day April 7.

Janet Moxey, Dr Sinead De Gooyer and Dairy Aus­tralia’s Kelly Ward, will share their sto­ries and in­sights.

The func­tion fol­lows the on­go­ing suc­cess of ‘Ladies Day – Women in Agri­cul­ture’ and, link­ing in with the Farm World dairy theme, the Women in Agri­cul­ture lun­cheon is sup­ported by LEG­ENDAIRY and Farm World Strate­gic Part­ners; the Com­mon­wealth Bank, Evans Pe­tro­leum BP and the Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil.

The inau­gu­ral Farm World Eques­trian Expo

The con­struc­tion of a new Baw Baw Eques­trian Cen­tre on the western bound­ary of Lard­ner Park means that the ‘Farm World Eques­trian Expo’ will be an ex­hil­a­rat­ing new ad­di­tion to Farm World 2016.

The Eques­trian Expo is sup­ported by both Pak­en­ham Isuzu UTE and Gipp­s­land Isuzu UTE.

This will add a whole new di­men­sion to the field days and its in­clu­sion re­flects the size and im­por­tance of the horse in­dus­try to both Gipp­s­land and the re­gions sur­round­ing Mel­bourne.

Vis­i­tors to the Expo will be able to in­spect a se­lec­tion of ded­i­cated eques­tri­an­re­lated ex­hibitors, at­tend a va­ri­ety of mas­ter classes with ad­vice from the best in the in­dus­try, and watch or par­tic­i­pate in dres­sage on the Thurs­day and Fri­day, or show jump­ing com­pe­ti­tions on Satur­day and Sun­day.

A ticket to Farm World in­cludes en­try to the Farm World Eques­trian Expo.

Lots of demon­stra­tions

As usual a wide-rang­ing demon­stra­tion, pre­sen­ta­tion and ac­tiv­ity pro­gram is a fea­ture of Farm World. The Farm World web­site fea­tures the com­plete pro­gram.

A di­verse col­lec­tion of cur­rent farm ma­chin­ery will be put through its paces and a lu­bri­cant spe­cial­ist will be on hand at the BP Ul­ti­mate Pavil­ion to ad­vise on lu­bri­ca­tion mat­ters.

Through­out each day vis­i­tors can watch demon­stra­tions of a por­ta­ble sawmill, plasma cut­ting ma­chines, as well as the ever-pop­u­lar Lion Dairy an­i­mal nurs­ery, ‘An­i­mals of Oz’, AFL foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties, sheep dog yard tri­als and the Aus­tralian Trav­el­ling Fish­ing Show.

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