SOUTH Gippsland dairy farmers are invited to two special farm safety days at Dalyston and Pound Creek later this month.
To be held at the Hitchings and Jelbart farms, the GippsDairy events will be great opportunities to have a chat to people working in the safety space.
Information from the days will show farmers how to implement small changes to make farms safer for workers, family and the farmers themselves.
GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron urged farmers to take advantage of the events.
“Like everyone else who has spent a lot of time working on-farm, I’ve had plenty of close shaves that could have resulted in serious injury or worse,” he said.
“If I’d had access to farm safety information of the type being presented at these information days, I certainly would have made better decisions and not put my life at risk for no reason.
“If you own a farm or work on a farm, it’s up to you to look after yourself and those around you, so come along and learn how to farm safely.”
The days will include:
• An informal session in which farmers can ask questions and chat to WorkSafe Agriculture inspectors (without any follow-up from the day)
• A quad bike training and induction demonstration from GOTAFE and updates on quad bike, tractor, livestock handling and chemical user training for dairy farm employees
• Information from Dairy Australia and GippsDairy about the latest tools and resources available to assist dairy farmers with safety on their farm
• Updates on the Quad Bike Rebate Scheme
• Information about the WorkSafe Victoria Free Safety Consultation Service
There are also awesome safety prizes up for grabs, including a motorcycle helmet, eye muffs (goggle and earmuff combo), kids Legendairy safety vests and Legendairy vests.
The Dalyston event will be held at Ian, Marilyn and Ben Hitchings’ farm at 130 Lower Powlett Road, Dalyston on Thursday, July 20.
The Pound Creek day will be held at the Jelbart Dairy, 123 Nicolson Road, Pound Creek on Wednesday, July 26.
Both days will run from 11am to 1.30pm, with the urn hot for a cuppa from 10.45.
RSVP to Leah Maslen on 0448 681 373 or Ebony Arms on 0428 865 692.
Better farm safe than sorry