FONTERRA Farm Source is the major sponsor of the 2018 South Gippsland Dairy Expo.
For many years Fonterra has thrown its support behind the two-day expo, and in the event’s 19th year, it has embraced the opportunity to become major sponsor.
Simon Hood, Fonterra Farm Source regional manager, said the Fonterra team is proud to have a larger role in the expo.
“What really appeals to us is the community nature of this event. It’s a partnership with the Strzelecki Lions Club, who have a great reputation across the region.
“Being out in the community, shoulder-to-shoulder with our suppliers really appeals to our values,” Simon said.
The Strzelecki Lions Club will host the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra on Wednesday and Thursday, September 26 and 27.
For 19 years the club has organised the popular community-based event. Cliff Wallace, chairman of the Dairy Expo and Strzelecki Lions Club member, said that having Fonterra Farm Source as major sponsor is a “real plus” for the expo.
“It’s really positive that Fonterra has come on board to support the expo as major sponsor.
“It’s going to be a great association for many years to come. It’s very rewarding to see the results of what we’ve been doing for so many years – the expo continues to get better and better,” Cliff said.
Fonterra will co-host an industry breakfast on September 27 with Reid Stockfeeds.
The Fonterra Farm Source team will also host their own stand on both days of the expo, where community members can meet the team and learn about Fonterra products.
“We have eight locally based people in Gippsland’s Fonterra Farm Source team, and we’ll all be at the expo,” Simon said.
“Our stall will provide a space where farmers have an opportunity to have a cup of tea, sample some product, and a chat with the team.
“We’ll also have representatives from other Fonterra divisions on site, to chat to farmers and understand the issues that they’re facing.
“In return farmers will be able to learn more about the dairy value chain and the challenges of the domestic and export markets.”
Simon sees Fonterra’s sponsorship as a long-term commitment to give back to the Gippsland community.
“The South Gippsland Dairy Expo is an important event for the dairy industry overall. We’re happy to support the expo, so these types of events can continue into the future.”