Plenty to see at Sey­mour Expo

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Al­most 500 ex­hibitors will be on dis­play at this year’s Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo.

Held in the heart of Vic­to­ria at Kings Park in Sey­mour, 22,000 visi­tors are ex­pected to at­tend the three-day event from Fe­bru­ary 15 to 17.

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 visi­tors of­ten used the expo as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘If some­one is think­ing about try­ing a new farm­ing ven­ture they can come along to the expo and talk to peo­ple who have been there and done that and are happy to share their ex­pe­ri­ences,’’ she said.

Jill No­ble and Gary Tie have been com­ing to the expo for more than 10 years and will be pre­sent­ing two farm lec­tures.

In ‘Seven Sheep Es­sen­tials’ they will talk about ef­fec­tive use of pas­ture and how sheep can con­trol weeds and act as en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tors.

They will also demon­strate how tech­nol­ogy can be help­ful in sheep farm­ing and in­tro­duce lis­ten­ers to some use­ful apps.

The ses­sion called ‘Five Busi­ness Skills for Farm­ing Suc­cess’ is aimed at peo­ple who are new to farm­ing.

‘‘When start­ing out, peo­ple of­ten con­cen­trate on the prac­ti­cal side of farm­ing,’’ Ms No­ble said.

‘‘We will be talk­ing about sales and mar­ket­ing, fi­nan­cial as­pects of the busi­ness and strate­gic plan­ning.’’

The expo also has lec­tures and pre­sen­ta­tions from Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria.

‘‘The ex­perts from Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria come along to keep farm­ers up-to-date with new think­ing and gov­ern­ment sys­tems rel­e­vant to the in­dus­try,’’ Ms Fil­leti said.

‘‘This year they will be cov­er­ing top­ics such as pre­par­ing for the next dry sea­son, the Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (NLIS), rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on farm biose­cu­rity and prepa­ra­tions for live­stock and horses in bush­fires.’’

Lo­cal cat­tle managers will also share their ex­per­tise in sev­eral farm lec­tures. Each day there will be a lec­ture on ‘Cat­tle Pro­duc­tion Basics’, which will be aimed at at­ten­dees who might be think­ing of get­ting in­volved with cat­tle pro­duc­tion.

This will give lis­ten­ers an in­tro­duc­tion to the ba­sic pro­ce­dures in­volved in run­ning a small cat­tle herd.

‘Cat­tle Re­pro­duc­tion and Calv­ing Man­age­ment’ will ex­plain the nor­mal calv­ing process, what can go wrong and when the vet needs to be called.

Other top­ics cov­ered will in­clude farm in­sur­ance, fruit fly traps, weed con­trol and pas­ture im­prove­ment, Boer goats, al­pacas, worm farms for waste man­age­ment and bee­keep­ing in back­yards.

A full timetable is in­cluded in the of­fi­cial event guide or at www.sey­mour­

You can also buy tick­ets on the web­site, with on­line tick­ets avail­able for 17 per cent off the gate price.

■ The SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS has been of­fered two dou­ble passes to the expo to give away to read­ers. To claim one of the dou­ble passes, go to www.sey­mour­­ern­riveri­nanews/.

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