Record crowd at expo

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The 2017 Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo ex­pe­ri­enced a record at­ten­dance across the three-day event, with more than 20 000 vis­i­tors and 500 ex­hibits on dis­play.

This year there was a wide range of dis­plays show­ing the lat­est and in­no­va­tive farm­ing tech­nolo­gies com­bined with many ex­cit­ing at­trac­tions for the whole fam­ily and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences for small to medium acreage farm­ers.

The expo in­cluded three-times whipcrack­ing world record holder Nathan Griggs; ar­ti­san DIY work­shops pro­vid­ing in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions in sour­dough bread­mak­ing, yo­ghurt-mak­ing and cheese­mak­ing; per­ma­cul­ture and rais­ing chooks.

Fur­ther en­ter­tain­ment in­cluded chain­saw carvers, demon­stra­tions in the Coun­try Kitchen and Butcher Shop, Farmer Dar­ryl and his farm­yard, the ‘snake man’ and tiny house dis­plays.

Sey­mour Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety pro­vided in­for­ma­tive lec­tures in agri­cul­ture and al­ter­na­tive live­stock, en­sur­ing those in­ter­ested in farm­ing were pro­vided with key in­for­ma­tion.

To com­ple­ment the lec­tures, vis­i­tors could wan­der the cat­tle yards and en­gage di­rectly with live­stock breed­ers.

In the Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing Hub, the GOTAFE Short Talks pro­vided ad­vice on how to run a sus­tain­able farm­ing en­ter­prise, with in­for­ma­tion on so­lar power, back­yard bee­keep­ing, in­no­va­tive build­ing tech­niques and other rel­e­vant sus­tain­abil­ity skills.

Event man­ager Susie Fil­leti thanked the com­mu­nity for its con­tin­ued sup­port.

‘‘We recog­nise the tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion our event of­fers to the lo­cal econ­omy and com­mu­nity groups and are de­lighted to be a part of that,’’ Ms Fil­leti said.

Next year’s event will be held from Fe­bru­ary 16 to 18. ■ Any­one in­ter­ested in ex­hibit­ing at the 2018 Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo can email ad­min@sey­mour­ or phone 1300 178 881.

Hands-on fun . . . Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo vis­i­tor Si­enna is pic­tured help­ing Farmer Dar­ryl.

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