Hands-on farm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Small Farm­ing Expo re­turns to Lai­d­ley later this month

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

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.

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