FARMERS SHARE COPING STRATEGIES AT DAIRY EXPO
A panel of local farmers will share how they manage the pressure caused by milk prices, seasons and other unpredictable external factors at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo later this month. Local farm management consultant, Matt Harms, OnFarm Consulting, will host the panel, featuring Dean Turner, Yannathan; Warren and Kerrie Redmond, Inverloch; and Andrew and Sue Lamers, Outtrim. The session will run on Wednesday, September 27, from 11 am. The Dairy Expo runs for two days, starting 9 am that day. “Our prediction for the coming season is unpredictable,” Mr Harms said. “With milk prices, seasons, illness and other external factors that are all highly unpredictable, we will hear how others have previously managed these pressures. “When thrown an unpredictable event, how have they persisted and strengthened their business to withstand future events? “Panel members will share their experiences, how their businesses have performed under pressure and how they have come out trumps.” It is the 18th year of the South Gippsland Dairy Export, organised by the Strzelecki Lions Club. The funds raised from the Dairy Expo have helped the Club distribute over $500 000 back into the community over the last 20 years. Murray Goulburn and Reid Stockfeeds will also host a breakfast on Thursday, September 28 at 8.30 am. The Dairy Expo will be open from 9 am to 3.30 pm both days. Admission is $10 per person with children under 16 free.