Fam­i­lies in­vited to fun farm day

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

FED­ER­ATED Farm­ers in­vites all fam­i­lies and friends from the Waikato to pop out to Rahiri Farm on March 13 to ex­pe­ri­ence the an­i­mals, the char­ac­ters and the way of life that makes up New Zealand’s dy­namic farm­ing in­dus­try.

‘‘Even though Waikato is right in the mid­dle of the dairy belt, it is a great chance for town­ies to come, get some hands on time in the pad­dock and re­con­nect with the ru­ral com­mu­nity,’’ Stew Wadey, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Waikato pres­i­dent said. ‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren and fam­i­lies to spend a day in­ter­act­ing with farm an­i­mals. Farm own­ers Bill and Sue Gar­land are open­ing up their sheep and cat­tle farm on Sun­day, March 13, to all who want to share in a job they love.

‘‘This will be a great dose of fun for the whole fam­ily and it’s free of charge. Fed­er­ated Farm­ers is putting on a ton of in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren, such as shear­ing and sheep dog demon­stra­tions.

‘‘Rahiri farm also has a key eco­log­i­cal role to play. It sits be­side Man­gatau­tari, the largest eco­log­i­cal is­land on main­land New Zealand which is sur­rounded by a 47km preda­tor proof fence.

‘‘It’s also a great spot to go for a na­tive bush walk and we will be do­ing tours to the fence­line to dis­cuss the im­por­tance of these kinds of con­ser­va­tion ef­forts.

‘‘We will have rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Bio­di­ver­sity Fo­rum there who will talk about how we rely on bio­di­ver­sity in ev­ery part of our lives. We in­vite ques­tions on wet­land ar­eas, an­i­mals, birds, in­sects, na­tive plants and pests.

‘‘Cre­ative Fi­bre will be putting on a craft­work dis­play and there will be guest speak­ers from Te Kuiti Meats and Beef + Lamb NZ, as well as the Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion for any­one con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in farm­ing. We will also throw a few sausages on the bar­bie to help fundraise for the lo­cal school, so come show your sup­port.

‘‘The real goal of Farm Day is to get fam­i­lies who haven’t vis­ited a farm in a while to come have a laugh with us in the pad­dock. They might even learn some­thing. We want to turn kids on to the whole farm­ing process, from pas­ture to plate,’’ Mr Wadey said.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing maps to the site, please visit far­mday.org.nz or call 0800 327 646.

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