Expo has info

By Country News

From those thinking about a new farming venture to those who are old hands, the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo has something for everyone.

Event manager Susie Filleti said the expo would deliver the perfect learning experience and the opportunity to hear from people that could share their experiences.

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

The pair, which has a flock of 120 Wiltshire Horn sheep on 62ha in Gippsland’s south, will discuss effective use of pasture and how sheep can control weeds and act as environmental monitors in their talk titled Seven Sheep Essentials.

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

For those just starting out in the agriculture sector, Ms Noble said they would discuss five business skills for farming success, looking at sales and marketing, financials and strategic planning.

The expo will also have 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, rights and responsibilities on farm biosecurity, and preparations for livestock and horses in bushfires.’’

A full timetable can be found on the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo website.

■The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held 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: