Farm­ing fads fo­cus


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Liz Mellino

Ex­hibitors are gear­ing up for this year’s Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo.

Close to 500 ex­hibitors will have dis­plays at Kings Park, with 22 000 vis­i­tors ex­pected to at­tend the three-day event next month.

Event man­ager Susie Fil­leti said the expo would present the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, prac­tices and trends in small and back­yard farm­ing, of­fer plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get up close and per­sonal with an­i­mals and en­joy the mar­ket-style shop­ping, food and en­ter­tain­ment.

She said there were also some must-see ad­di­tions to this year’s en­ter­tain­ment line-up, in­clud­ing drone rac­ing and work­ing-dog demon­stra­tions.

‘‘One of the in­no­va­tive ideas we’ll be ex­plor­ing is in­dus­trial hemp farm­ing . . . the Hemp Build­ing Com­pany will be look­ing at how Aus­tralia’s hous­ing cri­sis can be ad­dressed us­ing Hem­pcrete and demon­strate how it is used by build­ing a dog­house dur­ing the event,’’ Ms Fil­leti said.

‘‘The Vic­to­rian Brumby As­so­ci­a­tion will also host a talk about own­ing brumbies and cap­i­tal­is­ing on their ver­sa­til­ity.’’

Crowd favourites Farmer Daryl and his band of an­i­mals, Rep­tile Aware­ness Dis­plays and the AWPA Vic­to­rian Whipcrack­ing and Bul­lock Whip Cham­pi­onships will be back this year.

The Coun­try Kitchen and Butcher Shop are ex­pected to be a high­light once again, and expo-go­ers can taste-test cre­ations from Toob­o­rac Hotel and Brew­ery, Bel­lar­ine Es­tate and Orig­i­nal Spirit Co.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the expo was the shire’s largest and most an­tic­i­pated at­trac­tion, adding more than $6 mil­lion an­nu­ally to the area’s econ­omy.

‘‘With plenty of new tech­niques be­ing shown off each year, it is great to see so many peo­ple come to­gether to un­der­stand new tech­nolo­gies, as farms and house­holds em­brace sus­tain­able liv­ing and adapt to our unique en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he said. ● The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo will be from Fe­bru­ary 15 to 17 at Kings Park in Sey­mour. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets on­line and save 17 per cent off the gate price, visit www.sey­mour­

Crack­ing good time: Max Kamp from Wil­laloora, South Aus­tralia, tak­ing part in the whip cham­pi­onships at last year’s Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo.

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