This little piggy
The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo opened its gates on Friday. Crowds flocked to the three-day event, as young and old came to see what was new and different in agriculture and farming. It was a fun weekend out for all ages, with Kings Park turned into
. . . Amanda Lolicato, from Barham, cradles a fourmonth-old Duroc pig named Willba at Farmer Darryl’s Animal Farm on the opening day of the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo on Friday.
A passion for wood . . . Eddie Freeman from Ross, Tasmania has finely honed the art of chainsaw carving over 35 years, with his career in the timber industry providing him with some useful practice. ‘‘We were trained to cut out little chairs, which helped you learn about control,’’ he says. As his experience has grown, he’s become more knowledgeable about the wood and to know exactly where to cut to achieve the required shape. It takes Mr Freeman just under an hour to carve an eagle, and after coming to the Seymour expo, his passion for wood has only grown.
Fleece fit for a king . . . Alpaca farmer Hans Van Poppel started raising alpacas as a retirement hobby, but has fallen in love with the animal. The animals are very low maintenance, once trained, he says, and have become well known for their fleece. ‘‘They used to call it ‘Fleece of the Gods’ in Peru. Only kings were allowed to wear alpaca fleece.’’ After stumbling across one at an agricultural show a number of years ago, Mr Van Poppel and his wife Christine have grown their herd from just two alpacas to more than 70.
Is that one hump or two? . . . Chris Williams from Camel Milk Victoria, based in Kyabram, with a dromedary camel. The business has returned to the expo for its third year running and Mr Williams says he loves to showcase his camels. ‘‘They’re quite gentle, they have a quiet nature and are very intelligent and affectionate.’’ The company, which rears wild camels for milking, was the first licensed camel dairy in Victoria and creates a variety of products, including camel milk soap.
Little boy loves big boys’ toys . . . Four-year-old John Gipson from Seymour has a passion for machinery and enjoyed cuddling up to a Kioto tractor with backhoe.‘‘He is so into tractors, so this is heaven for him,’’ mum Shelly said. ‘‘He loves excavators.’’ John’s passion has sparked the family’s interest in the Seymour expo, going along to check out the machinery, while also making a stop at the children’s area and animals along the way.