THE Strzelecki Lions Club is proud to host the 2018 South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra on Wednesday and Thursday, September 26 and 27.
South Gippsland is home to many exceptional dairy farm enterprises that form a significant part of the rural community.
The expo provides an opportunity for the community to see the latest in dairy innovation and technology – in an easy ‘one stop shop’ – while offering a host of entertainment for the whole family.
The Lions Club is delighted to have Fonterra, long term supporters of the expo, as this year’s major sponsor.
“The expo could not happen without Fonterra’s support,” chairman of the Dairy Expo and Strzelecki Lions Club member Cliff Wallace said.
Since 2000, the Lions Club has organised the popular community-based expo that has now grown into a major regional event.
“The public who come through the gates are around 90 per cent farmers.
“It’s a place where exhibitors and farmers can deal with each other directly. Some people also come along for a day out or to meet friends,” Cliff said.
“It’s rewarding to see the results of what we’ve been doing for 19 years. The expo continues to get better and better – exhibitors and the public keep coming back, which shows it’s a success.”
This year’s expo looks feature the return of the popular industry breakfast, co-hosted by Fonterra and Reid Stockfeeds.
The breakfast will take place at 8.30am, Thursday, September 27 – get in quick, bookings are essential.
The Sanders Kids Farm Animal Pavilion will offer plenty of interactive fun with animal pens, cow-mould painting, a dairy dress-up corner and more. This pavilion is proudly sponsored by Poowong Dairy & Hardware and Westfalia Warragul.
Back by popular demand, Matt Harms from OnFarm Consulting will host ‘Love makes the world go round, what makes dairy go round… PEACE – LOVE – RYEGRASS’, sponsored by the South Gippsland Shire Council and Rabobank on Wednesday, September 26 at 11am.
Panel members include Mark Wilms and Andrew Balfour (Wilfour Farms) and sharefarmer Michael O’Brien (Nambrok), Paul and Lisa Mumford and employee Aaron Thomas (Won Wron), Gordon and Sylvia Vagg and farm manager Paul Cocksedge (Leongatha South), and Matt Long (Rabobank).
They will discuss what makes for a harmonious working relationship in the dairy industry. Learn how employee/employer, share-farming and farm manager arrangements can be harmonious for both parties – is it easy, or does it take hard work?
The Udder Truth Showbag sponsored by South East Organic Fertiliser is back. Purchase a $2 showbag at the gate, visit 10 of the listed exhibitors, answer an easy question, enter the draw, and you could be $3000 richer by the end of the expo.
Participating companies include Fonterra, Federation Training, De Wit Trading/The Wrangler New Zealand, Browns Stockfeed Pty Ltd, Coopers Animal Health, Lely Centre Gippsland, Easy Dairy Automation Systems, Gendore Tractors & Machinery Pty Ltd, GippsDairy, MaxCare, ProviCo, Rabobank, Reid Stockfeeds, Rural Bank, and Victorian Hoofcare Services.
For some fun competitive banter, ‘The Big Gippsland Jersey – Dunk-Off’ is a must-see.
It’s a daily competition featuring star guests to dunk… in milk of course! The rules are simple: one dollar, one throw, and aim well.
In an expo first, Cows Create Careers students from Gippsland schools will go head-to-head in a ‘Race About Dairy’ – a game of speed, accuracy and knowledge. Students will complete activities and answer questions about the Australian dairy industry. First school over the line, wins. An initiative of Federation Training and Dairy Australia.
Hungry? Volunteers from Poowong Kindergarten will be serving tasty treats on both days of the expo.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Strzelecki Lions Club. Cliff said the club’s activities, including the Dairy Expo, could not happen without the valuable dedication and support from the community, companies and volunteers.
The expo is supported by Gold sponsors GippsDairy, Reid Stockfeeds, Rabobank, Federation Training, Burra Foods, South Gippsland Shire Council and Dairy News Australia.
“The Lions Club Committee and the expo’s volunteers put in so much effort. It’s a pleasant and enjoyable job when you’re working with a great team of people,” Cliff said.
“The money raised by Lions Club activities and the expo goes back to benefit the community. Over the years, we’ve raised $540,000.
“We’ve distributed it in many different ways; to schools, to send kids to camps, to fund play equipment, and to support the Seeing Eye Dogs – we cover an enormous range. If we think it’s beneficial to the community, we try to help.”