Families invited to fun farm day
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.