Cel­e­brat­ing the women in ag

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Farm ma­chin­ery might have pre­vi­ously been re­garded as a ‘blokey thing’, but an Em­metts Ladies Day has helped highlight the im­por­tance of women in agri­cul­ture.

The farm­ing sup­plier hosted its se­cond Ladies Day at Lon­gerenong’s Wim­mera Events Cen­tre ear­lier this month as a thank you to women in the farm­ing in­dus­try.

The event was last hosted in the Wim­mera eight years ago. This year’s event pro­vided more than 90 women an op­por­tu­nity to learn about op­er­at­ing farm­ing ma­chin­ery, data and tech­nol­ogy, as well as healthy liv­ing and self-care with Des Lard­ner Or­gan­ics natur­opaths.

Em­metts’avril Ho­gan said the event recog­nised many women are heav­ily in­volved in their fam­ily farm’s busi­ness. “Many farms are fam­ily busi­nesses where moth­ers, spouses, daugh­ters and daugh­ters-in-law all con­trib­ute in a va­ri­ety of ways, from in-pad­dock labour, book­work, grain train­ing, live­stock work, mar­ket­ing and agron­omy to keep­ing every­one fed and healthy and happy,” she said.

“This event was about pro­vid­ing a day to say thank you to those women.”

The Ladies Day also helped raise al­most $1000 through ticket sales for Aus­tralian or­gan­i­sa­tion Be­yond Blue.

Ms Avril said the day’s suc­cess had or­gan­is­ers keen to host an­other Ladies Day in the Wim­mera in the fu­ture.

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