Expo offers one-stop shop for farmers

25 Sep, 2017 12:35 PM
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The South Gippsland Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for members of the dairying fraternity to be able to showcase the latest in dairy innovation and technology to local farmers.
South Gippsland is lucky to be the home of some exceptional dairy farm enterprises.
The South Gippsland Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for members of the dairying fraternity to be able to showcase the latest in dairy innovation and technology to local farmers.

The Strzelecki Lions Club is holding the South Gippsland Dairy Expo at Korumburra, Vic, on Wednesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 28. The event will open at 9am and close at 3.30pm on both days.

The Dairy Expo started in 2000 with the club having a core objective to deliver a 'one-stop shop' for local farmers, so that if they were busy, they could visit, do their business and leave having spent a valuable couple of hours researching. Today, the event still has the same focus.

The South Gippsland Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for members of the dairying fraternity to be able to showcase the latest in dairy innovation and technology to local farmers.

See full list of expo exhibitors here

The Dairy Expo could not happen without the support of its major sponsor, Murray Goulburn and MG Trading. This relationship has been in place for 17 years and the organising committee encourages everyone to call in and visit their hospitality area and have a chat to their enthusiastic team.

South Gippsland is lucky to be the home of some exceptional dairy farm enterprises, which form a significant part of its rural community. The Dairy Expo would not be an 18-year success story without the tremendous support and help from its community and their volunteers.

The Korumburra Rotary Club will be in charge of the Kids' Activity Pavilion, which is sponsored by Parmalat.

It will include some farm animal pens, cow moulds for painting, a dairy dress-up corner and lots more, so be sure to bring the children along to enjoy these free activities.

The South Gippsland Dairy Expo is organised and run by volunteers. Each year enthusiastic parents and volunteers from the Poowong Kindergarten organise the catering for attendees.

Matt Harms will be hosting a session sponsored by the South Gippsland Shire Council and Rabobank on Wednesday, September 27, at 11am, titled 'Our prediction for the coming season is unpredictable'.

With milk prices, seasons, illness and other external factors that are all highly unpredictable, the session will hear from farmers about how they have previously managed these pressures. The panellists will explain how, when thrown an unpredictable event, they have persisted and strengthened their business to withstand future shocks.

Panel members include Dean Turner, Yannathan, Vic; Warren and Kerrie Redmond, Inverloch, Vic; Penni Ellicott, South Gippsland Shire; Jamie Murphy, Rabobank, and Andrew and Sue Lamers, Outtrim, Vic.

The Udder Truth Showbag, sponsored by South East Organic Fertiliser, is also back at this year's expo.

All participating exhibitors are extremely enthusiastic for expo visitors to be able to participate. This is how it works: visitors buy a $2 showbag at the gate, visit 10 of the listed exhibitors, answer an easy question, place their entry in the draw with the winner receiving $3000.

Each year the committee likes to encourage some competitive banter among its exhibitors and patrons, so this year is introducing the Big Gippsland Jersey Milk Off.

The rules are simple, one hand, one teat, one minute, most milk.

There will be a competition daily, so exhibitors, farmers and children should check out the competition time at the event.

The Murray Goulburn and Reid Stockfeeds breakfast will be on again this year on Thursday, September 28, at 8.30am.

In 2018 the Strzelecki Lions Club celebrates its 20th anniversary. The club during this time raised and disbursed more than $500,000 back into the local community.

This contribution is not possible without many loyal companies who support the Lions and their activities and events such as the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.

On that note, the club would like to make a special mention of Westfalia Warragul for their kind donation to the Dairy Expo.

The Dairy Expo Gold Sponsors include GippsDairy/Dairy Australia, Reid Stockfeeds, Rabobank and Burra Foods.

Entry to the expo is $10 per person, except for children under 16 years old who can enter free.D

Contact: Event secretary, Deanne Kennedy, phone 0419 878 055 or emailing deanne@jaydee.net.au.

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