Hands-on farming experience
Small Farming Expo returns to Laidley later this month
THE Small Farming Expo will return to the Laidley Showgrounds for the second time at the end of the month, providing a day dedicated to everything to do with small-acreage farming.
The expo is a chance for property owners to interact with exhibitors, who will display a huge variety of different animals and equipment suitable for their land, as well as being a great day out for the community.
Co-ordinator Margo Hayes, who started the event more than a decade ago on her property in Thornton, said the expo was about people getting a hands-on experience.
“They can see all the different livestock that are available and all of the different breeds, whether they’re looking at cattle or sheep or alpacas or llamas or donkeys,” Mrs Hayes said.
“They can have a look and meet the breeders and touch and interact with the animals.”
But it was more than just a chance to pat some cute animals, with vital information on hand.
“We have the Queensland Government coming to talk about biosecurity to make small-acreage owners aware of the regulations involved with livestock and moving livestock,” she said.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council is set to have a stand as well, providing visitors with information on pest and weed control for small-acreage owners.
The event had only gotten bigger in each year it was held.
“It’s now in its 12th year,” Mrs Hayes said.
“It started out as something small on my farm and it has grown from there.”
The expo was held in Laidley for the first time in 2016 and Mrs Hayes said it was not a hard call to return this year.
“It was an easy choice to make,” she said.
“There are more small farms in Australia than big farms, especially in the Lockyer ... it all worked really well last year and we’re very happy to continue to work at that site.”
The Small Farming Expo will be held on Saturday, September 30, at the Laidley Showgrounds from 9am–3pm.
For any inquiries phone 1300 882 333.
BIG GRINS: Llamas were just one of the many animals on display at the 2016 Small Farming Expo.