Expo shows off big and small

Small Farm­ing Expo shines in the heat

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

LAI­D­LEY once again played host to the Small Farm­ing Expo on Satur­day, show­cas­ing live­stock, equip­ment and in­for­ma­tion that is cru­cial for small acreage prop­erty own­ers.

The expo is a unique op­por­tu­nity to get a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence with many breeds of an­i­mals on show at the Lai­d­ley Show­grounds, with the day packed full of pre­sen­ta­tions and demon­stra­tions.

Ac­com­plished breeder and Small Farm­ing Expo co-or­di­na­tor Margo Hayes started the event more than a decade ago on her own prop­erty in Thorn­ton but has bought it to Lai­d­ley in the past cou­ple of years.

Ms Hayes said the event over the week­end was busy with pun­ters, de­spite the scorch­ing heat and abun­dance of events on around the re­gion and in Bris­bane.

“It was good, we had more ex­hibitors than we had last year... ev­ery­one seemed happy,” Ms Hayes said.

“It’s build­ing and we’re get­ting more peo­ple in­ter­ested in it every year, we had peo­ple trav­el­ling from as away as Bund­aberg and Gympie, even some­one who had come all the way from Emer­ald.

“Heat and the dry weather had a big ef­fect.”

The fo­cus of this year’s event was biose­cu­rity with Biose­cu­rity Queens­land on hand with their own stall and Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on weed and pest man­age­ment.

“The new JBAS rules came into play as of (Sun­day) so pro­duc­ers need to know about those,” she said.

But it tends to be those with fur and feathers that gar­ner the most at­ten­tion through­out the day.

“The at­ten­dees re­ally en­joyed the va­ri­ety of an­i­mals that were there from al­pacas to mini goats to cat­tle to don­keys to mini horses, there was a whole range of an­i­mals,” she said.

Chick­ens were some of the most pop­u­lar.

“Chooks are re­ally in at the present, peo­ple are re­ally into them at the mo­ment,” she said.

“We had a fea­ture on poul­try and a lec­ture on what to feed back­yard poul­try which was re­ally good.

“Chooks re­ally are the flavour of the month.”

Ms Hayes said the move to Lai­d­ley had been a suc­cess and they hoped to come back to the same venue in 2018.

“We re­ally liked the Lai­d­ley show­grounds, it’s a good venue and a good catch­ment area,” she said.

“Global warm­ing might dic­tate the month (for next year).

“We used to have it in De­cem­ber but we brought it back to Septem­ber.

“We might have to run it in May.”

The at­ten­dees re­ally en­joyed the va­ri­ety of an­i­mals that were there from al­pacas to mini goats to cat­tle to don­keys to mini horses, there was a a whole range of an­i­mals

— Margo Hayes

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

ALL SMILES: Terese Roozen­daal with Frankie the mam­moth don­key at the 2017 Small Farm­ing Expo in Lai­d­ley.

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