Expo shows off big and small
Small Farming Expo shines in the heat
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
ALL SMILES: Terese Roozendaal with Frankie the mammoth donkey at the 2017 Small Farming Expo in Laidley.