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Friday & Saturday: 8.30 am – 5 pm | Sunday: 8.30 am – 4 pm ‘Seymour Alternative Farming Expo’, February, 2017—PAGE 1

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Celebrating 25 years of alternative farming The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is back bigger and greener than ever, so round up the family and make your way down to Kings Park Recreation Reserve for a weekend of bright ideas and entrainment. To mark its 25th anniversary, the expo is going green. The site will be powered by Green Power Solutions, which event co-ordinator Liz Connick said provided Australia’s cleanest and most reliable generators using biodiesel. “All temporary power we’re bringing in is green power,” Ms Connick said. “We wanted to introduce services behind the scene that demonstrate our commitment to alternative.” The must-see event has rmly cemented its place on the farming calendar and this year is no exception with more than 500 exhibits and plenty of attractions set to delight an expected 25 000 visitors. From camels and rare British white cattle to pygmy goats and alpacas, there will be no shortage of animals for new and established farmers to discover. They are also a hit with children looking to pat a new farmyard friend. With more than 20 breeds in one location, Ms Connick said the event was a great opportunity to talk directly to the breeder and get advice on the latest trends and newest products. “We have a great variety,” she said. “For any small to medium practising farmers, the

tree changer or someone new to the land, Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is where they can get all the information they need to help them decide what type of animal or breed is suitable for their farm. “If they are looking to install or upgrade their fencing or stockyards, then Seymour expo is your one-stop shop. “Our exhibitors are more than happy to demonstrate and will have their latest equipment and farming needs on site.” Embracing all things alternative, Ms Connick said the event was not just for those involved in agriculture or farming but a great family day out. She urged expo-goers to explore all four corners of the event. “The Kings Park Recreation Reserve is a unique site for an expo which lends itself to a relaxed atmosphere and visitors will encounter surprise and delight as they wander through the expansive grounds,” she said. “It’s a nice weekend event to enjoy food and wine and fun for the kids.” Visitors will be spoiled for choice when it comes to local, gourmet food, drink and musical entertainment at the farmers’ market and activities for the young and young at heart in the Kids Zone. Flip through the pages of the of cial guide to explore the sights and delights you will discover at the 2017 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Come early to beat the heat and the crowd at the new opening time of 8.30 am.

Come one, come all: The 25th anniversary of the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will delight and inspire.

Bright ideas: Expo-goers were wowed by Rob Scott’s alternative tiny houses at last year’s event.

What is alternative?

Born from a need to create a platform to share new ideas, the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo and the meaning of alternative have evolved over the years. As farming has progressed, so too has the expo, keeping ahead of trends and exploring fresh options. It is now a mix of an old-fashioned agricultural show, expo and farmers’ eld day. Event co-ordinator Liz Connick said the expo had developed from an “alternative hippie” to an “alternative innovative and educational” event. “The meaning of alternative now has a broader focus as farmers, especially small acreage farmers, are always on the lookout for the latest technologies, equipment, services, breeds and environmental solutions,” Ms Connick said. “It no longer means hippy but so much more innovation and takes into consideration the climate and sustainability. “Farmers have had to reinvent themselves and are constantly looking at new ideas to introduce to their businesses.” When the expo rst opened its gates in 1992, cattle, sheep and cropping were the mainstream and the event introduced many to organic farming. Now the movement can hardly be considered alternative. From the construction of tiny houses and container homes to food, particularly different cuts of meat in the Country Kitchen, Ms Connick said the expo had expanded to include contemporary ideas. “It’s a sampling of everything that opens and shuts,” she said. “You can sample camels’ milk, see demonstrations and attend cheese making workshops. “It’s a challenge these days to source alternative, but we feel each year we’ve been able to introduce something new.”

Buy tickets online for smoother entry Visitors to the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will once again have the option to pre-purchase tickets online. Event organiser Liz Connick said after buying tickets online, expo-goers could use the designated priority-entry queue by scanning either a printed ticket or bringing it up on a smartphone. “We encourage people to purchase tickets online because then it will make entry

into the event quicker and smoother,” Ms Connick said. Eventbrite is again co-ordinating the online ticket sales and purchases can be made up to and including the nal day of the expo by visiting the

Tickets are also available at the gate.

Co-ordinator: Jessica Ball

Entry prices for a one-day pass are $17 (adults), $14 (concession), $8 (children ve to 15 years old) and $40 (family with two adults and three children).

Stories: Jessica Ball, Alana Christensen, Rodney Woods, Taylah Burrows

Two-day and three-day passes are also available, while children under the age of ve will be admitted free.

Photography: Karen Hodge, Ray Sizer, Julie Mercer, Holly Curtis, Josh Maude Design: Alysha Bathman Published by McPherson Media Group

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Pack a sunhat: Be prepared for a big day out at the 2017 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. McPherson Media Group managing director Damian Trezise.

Welcome to Seymour As managing director of McPherson Media Group, it gives me great pleasure to be presenting the Seymour Alterative Farming Expo in its 25th anniversary year, the third event since taking ownership in December 2014. The event has undergone many changes. Most importantly, the meaning of alternative has developed over time. I would like to recognise our exhibitors that have continued to support the expo since the very beginning, including crowd favourites Bob the Butcher and the chainsaw carvers, but also thank new exhibitors who each year bring fresh ideas. Into the future we are committed to bringing innovative and cutting-edge ideas and inventions to the more than 25 000 patrons who visit the event over the three days to experience a truly unique showcase of farming and technology. This year we’ve strengthened our commitment to alternative solutions with a move to green power. All temporary power will be supplied by Australia’s cleanest and most reliable biodiesel powered generators. After the success of the new website last year, tickets can once again be purchased online at for express entry to the event. Enjoy a great day out and I look forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, Damian Trezise

Expo checklist For updates, visit Location: Kings Park Recreation Reserve, Tallarook St, Seymour. When: Friday, February 17, to Sunday, February 19. Hours: Friday and Saturday from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 8.30 am to 4 pm. Car parking: Designated car parks are near all entrance gates and unlimited street parking is available. Entry price: A one-day pass is $17 for adults, $14 for concession, $8 for children ( ve to 15 years old) and $40 for a family (two adults and three children). Two-day passes are $25 for adults, $21 for concession, $12 for children and $60 for a family. Three-day passes are $34 for adults, $28 for concession, $16 for children and $80 for a family. Online tickets purchases: For express entry, tickets can be purchased online at

DIY Workshops: Cost $20. Must pre-register online to secure your place. Ag Society Farm Lectures: Session times and topics can be found on pages 8 and 9 and are subject to change without notice. Alternative Short Talks: Session times and topics can be found on pages 8 and 9 and are subject to change without notice. Site services: ATM facilities, mobility scooters and parenting rooms are on site. Animals: Due to livestock on site, no animals, with the exception of guide dogs, are permitted to be brought into the park by the general public. Food and drink: The expo provides numerous gourmet and ne food stalls, all at affordable prices. Administration: The expo administration of ce is located next to the football rooms and can be contacted on 1300 178 881.

Many changes, but mission holds true Since rst opening its doors in 1992, the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo has always strived to give alternative farming a platform to reach the masses. While Bob the Butcher and the chainsaw carvers have been with the expo since the beginning, the rest of the expo has grown into a unique experience. Event creators Colin and Bev Stray said the expo had changed since the beginning, but its mission hadn’t. “The event has grown in every way but it’s always held its theme,” Mr Stray said. “It still has the opportunity for farmers to showcase alternative farming processes, but new things have been brought in such as building, construction and design and building materials.” Mr Stray said the idea came about

following a discussion among a few friends as he and his wife were venturing into ostrich farming but were struggling to access information. “There were only half a dozen people to call Australia-wide. We were contacting zoos to get more information,” he said. “We found ourselves jumping in cars and planes to get some knowledge, and then it dawned on us to try and get people to come to see us.” The event has grown into one of the most successful alternative farming expos in the southern hemisphere. Mr Stray and his wife have seen lots of

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Making history: Event creators Colin (right) and Bev Stray said it is in “great hands” with McPherson Media Group and its managing director Damien Trezise. changing trends as the term “alternative” continues to he rede ned. “We’ve seen lots come and go, but a diverse range of what we’ve seen come has stayed,” he said. “Organic farming is now something all of us understand … they’ve gone from being alternative to being mainstream.”

Although no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the expo, Mr Stray said he was excited for the future of the event. “We’ve handed it over into very good hands, with the opportunity to take the expo further and to take the next step that we could never do,” he said.

Tree change better than a holiday From the bustling and cramped nature of suburbia to the vast views and greenery of Toolangi, the Ricci family has experienced quite the tree change in the past year. Edwina Ricci said she and her husband Brendan had dreamed of having more land since the early days of their marriage. Having grown up and lived in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for much of her life, by the early 2000s Mrs Ricci was more than ready for a change. “Since we were rst married we talked about having land. We found this land in Toolangi and it had everything we wanted” Mrs Ricci said. By 2003, they had purchased an expansive property in Toolangi and across the next decade set to work to turn it into their home. All the structures on the property have been largely handmade, with Mr Ricci taking on most of the construction himself. However, due to delays in permits, the large family home is still under

construction, with the Ricci family currently living in a smaller dwelling on the property. Yet Mrs Ricci said she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love the quiet, the air, the view, the peace,” she said. “It’s that feeling you get when you get out of the car and put your feet on the ground and no one else is around.” Although the commute to work, about 50 km, can be a “bit of a bother” at times, Mrs Ricci said she couldn’t imagine going back to suburbia. “There’s no way I could live in suburbia again. We have so much freedom out here. I couldn’t go back to having people on top of you,” she said. Living on a property with its own water source was important to the Riccis, who

The Ricci family have relocated from the eastern suburbs to a large property in Toolangi. wanted to keep their options open down the road. “We wanted our own water source, just in case we needed to grow anything or wanted to set up a business,” Mrs Ricci said. While they have a vegetable garden and have consistently grown their own produce, Mrs Ricci said they’re also looking to get some chickens and a milking cow.

The Riccis aren’t the only people to have enjoyed the idyllic views, with the property hosting two weddings in the past year. From the “spectacular” stars to the quiet surrounds, Mrs Ricci said she was always pleased they committed to the tree change. “A week wouldn’t go by that I’m not grateful for the move,” she said.

The many bene ts of dorpers Farmer Graeme Collins will spruik the dorper sheep and its many unique attributes at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Mr Collins, who runs the stud Merribrook, said people often visited him to learn more about dorper sheep. “We always have good interest,” Mr Collins said. “It’s mainly people looking to get in to the business, if not now then in 12 months’ time.” The sheep, which don’t need to be sheared, are also very fertile, which

Mr Collins said was a unique quality. “They can have three lambings in two years, which is much more bene cial nancially,” he said. “You can get them lambing at 12 months old, which is just phenomenal.” Mr Collins has been working with dorper sheep since 2004, following their introduction into Australia in 1996. He began working with the sheep after reading about their popularity in South Africa. He believes they would be suitable for a number of areas in Australia. Mr Collins said the sheep were easy

to care for and overall were very low maintenance. After almost 10 years at the expo, Mr Collins said he enjoyed coming back each year and being greeted by friendly faces. “We’re often set up beside the same people. They’re really great people and we’ve been able to build a strong rapport with them,” he said. “It’s good to be able to build up a friendship and clientele relationship with the people that come back and visit each year.” Find out more at the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia exhibit at site B69.

Cuddling up: Archie Contardo, from Sunbury, gets up close to a lamb at the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia exhibit.

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Thinking outside the box From a blank canvas to something out of the ordinary, JMB Construction has a passion for transforming shipping containers into unique, customised homes. Used as building blocks overseas for almost 10 years, the container home movement will make its debut at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. To give expo-goers a taste of the possibilities, JMB Construction will showcase a home theatre room container complete with seven recliners. The Shepparton-based business will show videos on the big screen of the construction process of its rst container home set to be completed early this year. Starting the build 16 months ago, owner and managing director Jamie Briggs said he decided to bring the trend to the country and use his own home as the guinea pig. “It’s the rst one we’ve done,” Mr Briggs said. “I wanted to do it because I enjoy doing things that are different and I want to give my clients something different.” Ideal for those looking for something alternativve, the simple industrial containers provide a blank canvas to create a modern,

individual home inside and out. Mr Briggs said shipping containers were not only used to create “an architecture look without the architect”, but they had many bene ts. “I look at them as a cheap starting point — you already have four walls, a roof and a oor,” he said. “They’re structurally sound building blocks. The framing stage comes together very quickly. “They’re fully sealed to begin with, so it’s easy to achieve a high energy rating. “Depending on the complexity of the build, 50 per cent of it can be done off site in a workshop so you’re in a controlled environment, meaning you don’t have to worry about the weather.” Mr Briggs rst learned about container homes after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. He said their structural properties also lended them well to building homes to withstand weather events. To check out JMB Constructions’ unique build head along to sites E5 and E6.

Unique build: JMB Construction will showcase the business’ rst container home at this year’s expo.

Sel e time with ships of the desert Camel rides will be back for young and old at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

“The same people come back every year,” he said.

Peter Hodge, owner of Peter Hodge Camel Hire, has been running camel rides since 1993.

“We have schools of children come visit us and the kids get to have two to three rides. They love it.”

He said people loved camels for their personality. “They’re quite charismatic. They love to get into your face,” Mr Hodge said. “They’re so personal, affectionate and docile. “They kiss each other to greet, so they have no concept of personal space. They’ll get right in there and give you a kiss.” After 10 years at the expo, Mr Hodge said he enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and seeing the same clientele come back each time.

The camels aren’t camera-shy and have been known to pose for sel es. Yet, while their personality is well captured on camera, Mr Hodge said the way camels walked fascinated most people. “People are amazed by the way they walk and their rocking motion,” he said. “Little kids will sit on the camels and yell that they’re very lumpy.”

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Whip it The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo crowd will be treated to a thrilling adrenaline rush when whip cracker Nathan Griggs takes centre stage. in Darwin when I bought my rst whip.” Since then, Mr Griggs has improved greatly and is now a three-time world record-holder. “I have a world record for the longest whip in the “The show goes for about 30 minutes, so I do a world, which is over 100 m, and I’ll have that on range of technical tricks and crowd participation,” display,” he said. Mr Griggs said. “At the moment I’m training to break a world “People like to see a bit of Australian talent out record again for the most whip cracks in a minute, there and keep some Aussie tradition alive. which is currently 646. “My favourite thing to do is whip to music — it “I have held it before and I’m going to get it back.” sounds pretty sweet.” Mr Griggs makes all the whips he uses in his The West Australian has dedicated almost show and they will be for sale during the expo. half his life to perfecting his whip-cracking techniques. “I specialise in the Australian stock whip,” he said. “I’ve been whip cracking since I was 14, so “I make them out of different materials — rubber, nearly 10 years, and I’ve been travelling around cow hide and kangaroo. They’re the best you can Australia for almost four years just whip cracking,” get. It’s the strongest leather you can get for its Mr Griggs said. weight.” “It was just a hobby to start with — I was travelling To nd out where Nathan Griggs is performing check out the map on pages 26 and 27. around the country with my family and we were This is the rst time the whip-cracking entertainer has attended the event and Mr Griggs said he would shock the audience with how fast he could whip with three shows each day.

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Seymour Expo Timetables Use these timetables to help attend the many lectures, short talks, DIY workshops and cooking shows over the three-day expo.




9.00 AM 9.30 AM 10.00 AM 10.30 AM 11.00 AM 11.30 AM NOON 12.30 PM 1.00 PM 1.30 PM 2.00 PM 2.30 PM 3.00 PM 3.30 PM 4.00 PM



Butcher Shop: Venison Implementing Biological Control of Widespread Weeds

Sour Dough Bread Making Yes, You Can Beat Those Rascally Rabbits

Are you Game? Venison

Powerful News — the Latest on Solar Batteries

Butcher Shop: Handling and Filleting other Freshwater Edibles

Sow Native Grasses and Reap the Bene ts

Freshwater Fish and Yabbies

How to Include Your Pets, Horses and Farm Animals in Your Fire Plan

Butcher Shop: Hindquarter of Beef

Choosing the Right Windows for Your House

Steak 101

Sheep and Goat Electronic Identi cation (EID)

Butcher Shop: Smoking Techniques and Methods

Cattle Production Basics Drones — the Way of the Future Owning Livestock — Your Rights and Responsibilities May eld Poll Highland Cattle — The Scottish Highland — Without Horns Small Farm Weed Management Cattle Reproduction and Calving Management

Starting Out With Chooks: What You Need to Know

Successful Beer Brewing

Butcher Shop: Smoking Techniques and Methods

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9.00 AM 9.30 AM 10.00 AM 10.30 AM 11.00 AM 11.30 AM NOON 12.30 PM 1.00 PM 1.30 PM 2.00 PM 2.30 PM 3.00 PM 3.30 PM 4.00 PM

May eld POLL Highland Cattle — The Scottish Highland — Without Horns

Drones — the Way of the Future Pastures for Pro t Keeping Stock Healthy. Preventative Health Measures for Sheep and Cattle Cattle Reproduction and Calving Management


Butcher Shop: Game, Furred and Feathered Tiny Truck Houses — Small is Beautiful

Are you Game? Sliders: Roo, Camel, Alpaca, Goat

Sheep and Goat Electronic Identi cation (EID)

Butcher Shop: Sausage

How to be a Successful Backyard Beekeeper

Kids Cooking with Chef Lila

A Beginner’s Guide to Solar

Butcher Shop: Lamb

How to Include Your Pets, Horses and Farm Animals in Your Fire Plan

Cook Off with Gaye Lewis: Leftovers

A Nine-Star House Done Dirt Cheap

Butcher Shop: Economics of scale/Terrines and Galantines

Cattle Production Basics Implementing Biological Control of Widespread Weeds


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Pies 101 with special guest Bob the Butcher

Artisan Cheese Making

Creating a permaculture garden

Artisan Yoghurt Making

Seymour Expo Timetables Use these timetables to help attend the many lectures, short talks, DIY workshops and cooking shows over the three-day expo.




9.00 AM 9.30 AM 10.00 AM 10.30 AM 11.00 AM 11.30 AM NOON 12.30 PM 1.00 PM 1.30 PM 2.00 PM 2.30 PM 3.00 PM 3.30 PM 4.00 PM



Butcher Shop: Venison Implementing Biological Control of Widespread Weeds

Sour Dough Bread Making Yes, You Can Beat Those Rascally Rabbits

Are you Game? Venison

Powerful News — the Latest on Solar Batteries

Butcher Shop: Handling and Filleting other Freshwater Edibles

Sow Native Grasses and Reap the Bene ts

Freshwater Fish and Yabbies

How to Include Your Pets, Horses and Farm Animals in Your Fire Plan

Butcher Shop: Hindquarter of Beef

Choosing the Right Windows for Your House

Steak 101

Sheep and Goat Electronic Identi cation (EID)

Butcher Shop: Smoking Techniques and Methods

Cattle Production Basics Drones — the Way of the Future Owning Livestock — Your Rights and Responsibilities May eld Poll Highland Cattle — The Scottish Highland — Without Horns Small Farm Weed Management Cattle Reproduction and Calving Management

Starting Out With Chooks: What You Need to Know

Successful Beer Brewing

Butcher Shop: Smoking Techniques and Methods

4.30 PM




9.00 AM 9.30 AM 10.00 AM 10.30 AM 11.00 AM 11.30 AM NOON 12.30 PM 1.00 PM 1.30 PM 2.00 PM 2.30 PM 3.00 PM 3.30 PM 4.00 PM

May eld POLL Highland Cattle — The Scottish Highland — Without Horns

Drones — the Way of the Future Pastures for Pro t Keeping Stock Healthy. Preventative Health Measures for Sheep and Cattle Cattle Reproduction and Calving Management


Butcher Shop: Game, Furred and Feathered Tiny Truck Houses — Small is Beautiful

Are you Game? Sliders: Roo, Camel, Alpaca, Goat

Sheep and Goat Electronic Identi cation (EID)

Butcher Shop: Sausage

How to be a Successful Backyard Beekeeper

Kids Cooking with Chef Lila

A Beginner’s Guide to Solar

Butcher Shop: Lamb

How to Include Your Pets, Horses and Farm Animals in Your Fire Plan

Cook Off with Gaye Lewis: Leftovers

A Nine-Star House Done Dirt Cheap

Butcher Shop: Economics of scale/Terrines and Galantines

Cattle Production Basics Implementing Biological Control of Widespread Weeds


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Pies 101 with special guest Bob the Butcher

Artisan Cheese Making

Creating a permaculture garden

Artisan Yoghurt Making






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Keeping Stock Healthy. Preventative Health Measures for Sheep and Cattle.

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Emerging Diseases of Animals in Victoria 2017

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Choosing the Right Windows for Your House

Butcher Shop: Lamb

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Something for everyone There is much to learn at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo and the Ag Society Farm Lecture Series and Alternative Short Talks Series have a topic to entice every expo-goer. Inspiring experienced and budding farmers alike everything from beekeeping and solar power to to think outside the box, the Ag Society Farm the bene ts of tiny houses and how to include Lecture Series will bring together industry experts farm animals in a re management plan. to share their inside knowledge on all things Held in the Alternative Learning Hub, the talks will farming. run for 45 minutes each, including a session on Presented by Seymour Agricultural and beekeeping hosted by Gary Beavis from Beavo’s Pastoral Society and held in the Ag Lecture Honey. Marquee, the lectures focus on animal breeds, Mr Beavis said people were always curious about soil management, laws and biosecurity and bees and Beavo’s Honey’s talk would focus on are a great chance to gain fresh ideas and ask how to start off as a beekeeper. questions. “We’ll mostly talk on beekeeping for the hobbyist,” President Jason Ronald said an introduction to Mr Beavis said. cattle with Dr Andrew Hogan would give new “It will be an insight into amateur beekeeping … farmers the basics while district veterinary of cer how to recognise the hive and social structures Karin Morgan would talk about legalities, the but also the life cycle and annual cycle of the rights and responsibilities of livestock owners and bees.” biosecurity. For more information on the Ag Society Farm “We’re also going to have sessions on alpacas, Lectures and Alternative Short Talks, head to from shearing, vaccinations and feeding to reproduction and assisted delivery with Ann and Rod Sales from Heathcote,” Mr Ronald said. “We’re going to have Professor Grant Rawlin. He’s “It will be an insight into amateur going to talk on infectious disease in Victoria. He beekeeping … how to recognise can bring people up-to-date with what’s out there. the hive and social structures but “We’ll have local agronomist Rob Richardson from also the life cycle and annual cycle Seymour Ag and he’s going talk to about pastures of the bees.” for prosper, weed management and eradication options.” Gary Beavis Get buzzy: Beavo’s Honey will be running a short talk on beekeeping at The Alternative Short Talks Series will teach you the expo.

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Creative chainsaw carvings Chainsaw carving is a time-honoured tradition at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Combining modern technology and the ancient art of woodcarving, the niche art form will again be a crowd pleaser with about 10 carvers creating intricate pieces during the three days. With international guests expected to show off their skills, professional carver and exhibit organiser Rob Bast said the expo was a great opportunity to see the artists at work. “We take big chunks of wood and make them into beautiful things,” Mr Bast said. “Anything you can imagine, we turn our hand to it with a chainsaw. “A lot of the time the pieces that are made are sold then and there during the weekend.” From eagles and bears to cars and abstract

furniture, Mr Bast said if you could name it, it had been carved over many years at the event. “We generally don’t go in with much of a plan because the logs are supplied by McPherson Media,” he said. “We do it on the y and let the logs dictate what we carve. “We like to use them as a blank canvas, look at the size and see what you can t in and take off the bits that don’t look the way you want it to.” Not only will visitors have a chance to see the chainsaw carvers in action but they can also take home their own masterpiece. The exhibit is located at The Woods and will include a gallery displaying works for sale while carvers will be available to take orders and commission pieces.

Carve it up: Wandin professional chainsaw carver Rob Bast created incredible sculptures at last year’s expo.






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US goats shown for rst time The pygmy goat, which is known for its small size, will be one of two breeds on show at the expo.

The Semtech Animal Breeding Service will be showing off two new imported breeds of goat from the United States at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. The pygmy goat and the myotonic goat have been bred in the US for more than 100 years. Semtech Animal Breeding Service owner Paul Hamilton, who will exhibit at the expo for the rst time, said the goats were unique but made great pets. “You can keep them on less than one acre and enjoy their wonderful personalities,” Mr Hamilton said. “The pygmy goats are known to be quite mischievous.” Pygmy goats are a favourite of small landholders and are well known for their cute appearance, tiny size and appealing temperament. Mr Hamilton said they were a great goat to have if you were looking to reduce the size of your sheep, which can be achieved through breeding. The myotonic goat, which is also known as the fainting goat or the Tennessee meat goat, will also be on display at the expo.

“The pygmy goats are known to be quite mischievous.” Paul Hamilton The goat, which is known for its high meat to bone ratio, is easily controllable, yet has an odd habit of falling over when excited. Mr Hamilton said he hoped to expand the breeds in Australia and in some cases change the perception of the breeds. “(We’ll) hopefully legitimise the breeds by showing them, not just telling (people about) them,” he said. Mr Hamilton said he had been attending the expo as a visitor for almost 30 years, but was looking forward to exhibiting. “It’s a major opportunity,” he said. “This is where people go to see what’s new in the industry.” Semtech Animal Breeding Service is located in the Sheep and Goat Shed.

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A nod to yesteryear The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo crowd will be transported back in time when the ever-popular draught horses take over the back oval. Taking expo-goers back to a time before tractors, utes and technology were commonplace, the Heritage Draught Horse Club will bring about eight horses to give insight into how farmers once worked the land. President Vicki Higgins said the Clydesdale, Clydesdale-cross and Shire horses would demonstrate what they would have done in the olden days. “It’s all about what horses did in the past and we’re trying to keep the tradition of the working draught horses alive,” Ms Higgins said.

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History lesson: The ever-popular draught horses are back to keep the tradition alive.

Aiming to educate as well as entertain, Heritage Draught Horse Club members from all over the state will be on hand to answer questions. The draught horses were a crowd favourite at last year’s expo and Ms Higgins said everyone loved the gentle giants. “The horses are so intelligent and they can do anything,” she said.

“We’ll have two or three standing there for patting over the fence. “Nowadays we nd people really don’t understand what we’re doing. “People love to touch them. They The next generation doesn’t know want to know how old they are and what our horses are doing.” if they are a boy or a girl.” During the three days, the horses will do above-ground work like super spreading and using sleds

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Native breed highly adaptable There are cattle to suit all kinds of farmers and properties at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, with more than 10 different breeds on show at the three-day event.


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North-East Victorian Murray Grey Beef Cattle Breed Promotion group member Stephen Koch said the Murray Greys were a “breed that meets the market�. He said what made the breed great for a large commercial market were the same qualities that made it perfect for lifestyle farmers in the periurban market, where rural and urban areas crossover. “They meet the market speci cations and can nish on grass or grain. They easily meet the MFA standards,� Mr Koch said. “But in that peri-urban market, some of the key attributes we breed for are temperament and calving ease. It’s one of the biggest concerns of not just the commercial producer but those with a handful of cows. They don’t want to be assisting in birth. “The small hobby farmer can also sell their cattle or their steers because they meet the market speci cations.� Mr Koch said the breed, which was

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The native way Karen Sutherland of Edible Eden Designs will be putting on a masterclass in bush plants, including how to set up a small-scale farm to grow them. Ms Sutherland will showcase native plants that are best suited to the Victorian climate at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo in an attempt to encourage people to use them in everyday cooking. “It’s a whole different experience when you’re growing foods that are native to your country,” Ms Sutherlnad said. “There’s the emotional and mental satisfaction of knowing it came from your garden.” A number of different bush foods will be on show, including old man saltbush, strawberry gum, native thyme, coastal salt bush and edible native owers. Ms Sutherland aims to inspire people to take on their own small crop of bush plants and give them the con dence to not only grow the plants, but to con dently use them in the kitchen. Her display will demonstrate the versatility of the plants, including her experimentation with vinegars and marinades, in the hope of opening people’s eyes to the plants’ many uses. Ms Sutherland will also demonstrate how to use fresh and dried leaves and how to grind the leaves for cooking. Her display will touch on the many bene ts of growing your own food, not just on a personal level, but also on an environmental and nancial level. “It’s better for your health and environment and, if you do it right, it’s better for your wallet,” Ms Sutherland said. “When you grow your own food it becomes a real connection. It’s something you share with friends, family and neighbours.” Ms Sutherland said there was always curiosity about native plants and she hoped people would be more informed after her workshop. Edible Eden is located in Food Court 2 and for short talk session times check out pages 8 and 9.

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Gippsland-based artist Olivia O’Connor and her hand-carved, bespoke wooden rocking horses will return for this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. After an enjoyable rst appearance at the 2016 event, Ms O’Connor will again treat expo-goers to demonstrations of the intricate skill of using traditional carving tools. Studies in furniture design and later prop making at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts led the artisan to forge a career in prop making and as a scenic artist. But inspired by her childhood on the family farm surrounded by horses and a schoolgirl passion for woodwork, Ms O’Connor left Sydney in search of greener pastures. She set up a studio among the rolling hills of Berrys Creek and got to work carving, painting and creating hand-stitched leather saddles. Ms O’Connor spends almost a month on each of the rocking horses, which she said were handcrafted with love. “Even though I use the same pattern, they are all different,” Ms O’Connor said. “They all have their own character. “They are something people look after and cherish.” A selection of the one-of-a-kind creations will be on display at the expo and Ms O’Connor said she would be answering people’s questions and taking orders. She will also take bookings for her make-your-

Made with love: Berrys Creek artist Olivia O’Connor will demonstrate traditional handcarving skills she uses to create bespoke rocking horses. own rocking horse workshops that are set to begin in the new year. To be run in Leongatha at the town’s Men’s Shed, Ms O’Connor said the workshops would give people the skills to create a family keepsake. “I think a rocking horse is lovely because it’s an heirloom that will be kept by the family and to make your own heirloom is something special,” she said. “Once we get started I’m hoping to take it to other Men’s Sheds.” Ms O’Conner also does restorations and if people take photos along to the expo she will happily provide an on-site quote. Each restoration is a case-by-case project but she said bringing a beloved rocking horse back to life was a memorable process. Discover Olivia O’Connor Rocking Horses at site E35.

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Tantalising tastebuds A big day of exploring the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is sure to work up an appetite and, ttingly, the farmers’ market is bursting with tasty treats. With loads of fresh and local produce to choose from, there is bound to be something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Expo-goers can not only sate their hunger but quench their thirst with a well-earned cold one with a Red Duck and a Prickly Moses. Daryl Wisely from Red Duck will have two beers — a pale ale and Munich lager — on tap, with another 10 bottled brews to choose from. The brewery’s portable bar will create Something different: The Prickly Moses a relaxed beer garden atmosphere for beer and cider range will be available to patrons to sit back and enjoy a beer. taste test at the farmers’ market. Mr Wisley said they will also be catering for takeaway sales. taste test the extensive range, including some seasonal brews such as the “Red Duck started in 2005 when the craft Blueberry Hedeweizen. beer movement was just beginning,” Mr Wisely said. “We have a variety of beer, from a red ale “Our aim has always been to rebel to a stout,” Miss Heaton-Harris said. against the mass market, commercialised “We also make cider — apple, apple and versions of beer, and make real craft beer. berry, apple and mango and organic, “We explore history for forgotten styles which is quite dry. and tastes, we explore the garden for “If you want to try something new in the new and traditional ingredients to add, beer or cider category you should come we invent new brewing techniques, or have a taste.” re-invent long forgotten ones.” Grab a Red Duck beer at site L31 or a Rosie Heaton-Harris from Pricky Moses said the crowd would have a chance to Prickly Moses cider at FC1.

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Cheeselinks proprietor and quali ed cheesemaker Janet Clayton will teach the crowd how to make cheese and yoghurt. With more than 25 years’ experience in the dairy, Mrs Clayton will talk through the cheesemaking processes and answer questions. “At this demonstration we’ll show you how easy it is to make your own beautiful cheeses and other dairy delights in your very own kitchen,” Mrs Clayton said. “We’ll take you step-by-step through the whole cheesemaking process, using

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Dairy delight: Cheeselinks proprietor and quali ed cheesemaker Janet Clayton will run cheese and yoghurtmaking workshops at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. utensils found in most households with cheesemaking ingredients supplied by Cheeselinks.” Other wrokshops include sour dough bread making and starting out with chooks. Each workshop costs $20 per person. Registrations are essential and can be made online at

Save money in the kitchen Butcher Bob Dewar is returning for his 25th year at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, bringing together a range of skills to demonstrate how to be more economical in the kitchen. Mr Dewar will be using a range of meats, from family favourites such as beef, pork and lamb, to more unconventional meats like kangaroo, hare and quail. As meat prices rise, Mr Dewar said it was important people learned how to make the most of their budget. “It’s about getting the maximum value out of what you purchase, and not just for one meal, but two or three,” Mr Dewar said. “People read a recipe and see they need 750 g of rump steak for a curry, so they go to the supermarket and buy it. I can show you how to get better avour from a lesser cut and explain to you why.” With almost 55 years’ experience as a butcher, including smallgoods sales and abattoir work, Mr Dewar relishes the opportunity to pass his knowledge on to others. “I have a responsibility to share this knowledge with the next generation. You’ve got to take the opportunity while you can,” he said. “Even if only one or two people from an expo can learn something and have it become a part of their life and their budget, then that’s a good thing.” Mr Dewar said events such as the Seymour

Alternative Farming Expo became increasingly important as less knowledge was passed between generations. “There’s a gap in knowledge. Our grandmothers all knew this sort of thing and it was passed down. It’s not anymore and we’ve lost that,” he said. Yet as traditional recipes such as casseroles come back into vogue, Mr Dewar said there was a growing desire to learn more about meat and various cooking methods. “People are hungry for it. No-one explains anything to you in the supermarket anymore,” he said. “It’s always super popular, and there are always plenty of questions. I could stay there all day answering people’s questions.” An avid traveller, Mr Dewar also pointed to the growing knowledge of other cultures as a force in the ever-changing food world. “For each of those cultures that have come along, we’ve taken it on board,” he said. “I’m always looking to learn about other cultures and recipes and see how I can use them.” Head along to Food Court 2 to see Bob the Butcher in action.

Budget-friendly: Butcher Bob Dewar will be showcasing economical cooking at the 2017 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo

From farm to carcass to plate Chef Adrian Hensley will once again cook up a storm in the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo country kitchen. Mr Hensley will again team up with Bob at alternatives in regards to types of meats and cuts that don’t break the the Butcher to demonstrate how to bank. take traditional and alternative meats from farm to carcass to delicious dishes. “I also try to get people to try goat, camel, kangaroo and not be scared of “It’s a good, fun event and it’s it. something a bit different,” Mr Hensley said. “Gluten-free cooking is a big passion of “It makes me push myself to explore alternative produce and be creative.”

Stirring the pot: Chef Adrian Hensley and his ve-year-old daughter Lila will show the crowd how to create delicious dishes in the Country Kitchen.

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With 17 years’ experience in the kitchen, the Secret Garden Catering chef will run four sessions each day of the expo, while Travis Duffy will man the show on Friday. The sessions will look at lamb, beef, poultry and alternative meats like camel, as well as camel milk. Mr Hensley said he always tried to throw in a dessert, too. “I like to show them something a little bit different that you can do with alternative cuts and cheaper cuts,” he said. “The main message is we try and look

mine. I’ll try and go with a gluten-free alternative if it’s viable to show people how easy it is.

“There’s always a lot of samples.” After his demonstrations’ popularity last year, Mr Hensley said he would also run two children’s cooking sessions at this year’s event, with help from a special guest. “We’ll be doing a kids, cooking session with Lila, my ve-year-old daughter, and she’ll take over the show like she did last year,” he said. “On the Saturday we’ll have a country cook-off.” The Country Kitchen is located in Food Court 2.

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Live big in a tiny house Rob Scott and his tiny houses will again inspire people to downsize and experience life. Ahead of his second appearance at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, Mr Scott said his aim was to empower people. “You don’t have to have a great big mortgage and you can build it yourself,” Mr Scott said. “I see the downsizing movement as moving from a materialistic to an experience culture. “Your life isn’t about buying things to ll your house, but more about getting into the things you love.” Mr Scott owns Studio Trucks, where he builds the miniature structures on the back of old trucks. He said the tiny houses were heavier and more substantial than caravans.

couple of years and then move on.” Since building his rst tiny house nine years ago, Mr Scott has created 18 customised homes using recycled timber and natural products. “We have a two-bedroom house and three kids,” he said. “I could have extended the house, put something in the shed or built something on the truck — so I chose the truck option. “As soon as I built it, I wanted one for myself.” Now Mr Scott offers four-day workshops teaching people how to build their own tiny houses on his Clarke eld property Hollyburton.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed with how “You can park them and move them many people want them,” he said. every so often, maybe in six months “I should be a businessman and hire or in 10 years,” he said. hundreds of people to work for “It’s quite attractive for people me and capitalise on it, but I don’t who want to live somewhere for a work that way.


Downsizing: Studio Trucks owner Rob Scott and his miniature structures will return for the 25th anniversary of the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. “I’d rather have people learn how to build them and then build them themselves. “They are small enough for the average person to think ‘yeah I could build that’.” Over the three days Mr Scott will build a 2.4 m by 3 m bedroom on

wheels to give the expo crowd rsthand insight into the building process. With a number of nished products also on display at site E7 he said he will happily answer any questions and give advice in hope of inspiring others to build their own tiny home.

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of your nose while you are asleep and the instant it detects smoke particles in the air it activates, waking you and your family. But it’s not just the battery we need to check! Smoke alarms have a 10 year life span. The components that monitor the air inside your smoke detector deteriorate over time and lose their sensitivity, therefore reducing its ability to alert you to a fire in your home.

Fire Danger Ratings tell you how bad a fire would be if one started. As part of your plan, you need to decide which rating is your trigger to leave early.

Fire safety and farming activities VicEmergency App T gett notifications To tifi ti off incidents i id t on your smart phone including weather warnings etc. you can download the VicEmergency App from the App Store or Google Play, from there you can set up a “watchzone” and set your notification preferences. If you’re unsure on how to set up the VicEmergency App on your phone or just want to find out more about how it works, talk to one of our tech savy members on the CFA stand at the expo.

All smoke alarms should have a date of manufacture on the back of them, even hard wired smoke alarms. This should be checked and if the unit is 10 or more years old then it should be replaced. Hard wired units should be replaced by a licenced electrician. For more information on smoke alarms, come and see us at the CFA stand at the Expo or check out the CFA web site

EVERY year fires are started by machinery operating in dry grass and crops on elevated fire danger days. This can vary from Grain Harvesting machinery, hay bailers, slasher’s right down to the common ride-on or push mower. In a joint initiative between CFA and the Victorian Farmers Federation the Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide was created and is now used across most parts of the state. While the name advocates that it is for grain harvesting, the guide can be applied to all agricultural work including contract slashing where there is a risk of starting a fire. For more information on the Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide or to pick up your copy, come and see us at the CFA stand at the Expo or check out the CFA web site

VicEmergency Hotline replaces VBIL

The Victorian Bushfire Information line has now changed to the VicEmergency Hotline and has a new number 1800 226 226. The new VicEmergency Hotline has been created for warnings, preparedness and recovery information, planned burns and more. The new hotline will replace the existing Victoria Bushfire Information Line (VBIL), SES Information Line, Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line, and others from DEDJTR and DELWP. Streamlining all numbers to one consistent number will help ensure the community have timely access to information before, during and after emergencies. All existing phones lines will still remain active for a period of time but will simply forward to the new VicEmergency Hotline.

Voluntary Grain Harvesting Guide A joint Victorian Farmers Federation and CFA initiative



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Report it to EPA on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842) t/37d06113/0617

CFA and Seymour Alternative Farming Expo – partnering since 2002 to make Victoria fire safe

See you at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Our team of staff and volunteers will be happy to answer your questions and provide a range of publications to meet your needs.

‘Seymour Alternative Farming Expo’, February, 2017—PAGE 23

Meet the people behind adorable alpacas

Adorable: Roger Morrison, of Heathcote, with a 14-month-old Huacaya alpaca at last year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Australia has one of the world’s largest alpaca herds, second only to their country of origin, Peru.

The market for alpaca eeces, called bre, is growing and Ms Rickards said there were a number of co-operatives that worked “really well” and were creating high-quality goods. A selection of the unique animals will be on While they make great pets, Ms Rickards show at the Seymour Alternative Farming said alpacas were also a valuable addition to Expo. farms and were often used as herd or ock guards for sheep and chickens. The Victorian central region arm of the Australian Alpaca Association will be “The alpacas are naturally protective and are bringing together six breeders to show off very good at guarding sheep from foxes,” the animal to eager crowds. she said. The display will also include goods made “They’re very aware of predators and will from alpacas, including alpaca eeces, yarns, chase them off.” felted garments and toys. Ms Rickards said alpacas were gentle and Sian Rickards from Ashbourne Alpacas, which had come to be known and loved for their has been working with alpacas since 2003, furry appearance. said the expo was a great opportunity for “They’re adorable,” she said. people to meet alpaca farmers. “They’re just very cute, very graceful, and very “It’s great to get up close with the animals, elegant animals.” talk to breeders and nd out what it’s like See why everyone loves the alpacas at sites and hear rst-hand experiences from people B16 and B17. actually from the region,” Ms Rickards said. Visitors to the alpaca exhibition are usually interested in getting up close and personal “The alpacas are naturally protective with the furry animals or wanting to hear and are very good at guarding about breeding programs. sheep from foxes.” This year there are also expected to be some baby alpacas on show, giving the crowds the Sian Rickards chance to see alpacas both young and old.



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EXPO SITE LISTINGS 1st Seymour Scout Group A & A Worm Farm Waste Systems A & M Tools AAA Kracht Dist - Water Puri er AAA Quality Socks Aaron Brain Motors Pty Ltd Adele’s Shoe Gallery Advanced Therapy Spas (Aust) Pty Ltd Agriculture Victoria AHA Services - The After Hours Accountant Airview Drone Images All Fun Amusements All Sheds Allframe Steel Alternative Growing Solutions P/L Amazing Super Health Andrew Ferrington Angela Lynch Anitone Anrise Imports Pty Ltd Anu Tools Aqua Blades & Rake Brooms Aqualife Industries Pty Ltd Aquamanage Group Aquamax Rural Water Filtrations Arrow Farmquip Artwerx Atriem Murray Greys Ausave Energy Aussharp Aussie Bush Hats Aussie Gutter Protection Aussie Shade & Hot Houses Australian Brahman Breeders Association, Southern Brahman Branch Australian Native Farm Forestry Australian Tea House Avenel Kindergarten BA Group Australia Bacchus Marsh Seedling Farm Bamboo Creation’s Nursery Barbingsinsparation Barry Shalders Beattie Farms Pty Ltd Beavo’s Honey Bejewelled By Sam Bellsouth Poultry Equipment Belpard Australia Pty Ltd Bendigo Clothing P/L Bendigo Hat Shop P/L Bendigo Woodturners Bertoli Farm Machinery P/L Better Living Australia Bio Natural Solutions BJ Enterprises & Marketing Blue Sky Windows Box Hill Institute Brand Developers Aust Pty Ltd Brazzen Rural Products Brian Wilson Brown Brothers Brudari Hills English Leicester Sheep Bunyip Saddlery Bushman Tanks Buttons to Go

L18 T45 B113 & B114 C49 L25 & L26 & L27 L57 & L51 B47 EB14 & EB15 ALH 5 & ALH 6 L21 B121 Kids Zone B36 L39 B43 GI10 Sheep & Goat Shed Craft Pavilion B126 EB1 & EB2 T57-T60 GI8 C45 EB57 EB25 B70 & B71 L14 Cattle Yards 4 B117 C15 E11 EB44 L6 Cattle Yards 2 T36 FM1 FC2A L7 E24 C26 C1 Sheep & Goat Shed Sheep & Goat Shed E20 Craft Pavilion B32 C7, C29 & B103 E2 B48 Wood Marquee E55 EB40, EB41 & EB42 B115 EB9 & EB10 E10 T46 EB77 & EB78 & EB20 B3-B6 B49 E45 Sheep & Goat Shed B123 T3 & T4 Craft Pavilion


Buttonsnmore Callipari Wines/Ned Kelly Red Camel Milk Victoria Campbell Floats Cancer Council Victoria Seymour Volunteer Group CB and MH Chapman Central Vic Baked Potatoes Chinese Remedial Massage Chooktred Pty Ltd Claremont Red Angus - J & S Boland Clark Tanks Clipex Coffee A La Cart Colleen’s Crafts Combi Clamp Pty Ltd Conquest Pools Corry Marketing/2WP Country Fire Authority - District 12 Country Solar Systems Vic CraftyWoolYarns Pty Crystal Solar Energy Cub Campers D Talbot Steel Daily Favorite Pty Ltd Daimz Trading P/L - Eddie’s Sunglasses Dairy Goat Society of Australia Ltd - Vic Branch Davidalla Farm Alpacas Dean & McCabe Windmills and Solar Pumps Diamond Marketers Digger Dog Canvas Gear Discount Cable Ties Discovery Horse Floats Australia Pty Ltd Ditmar Pty Ltd t/a Little Juey DogMaster Trainers Don Penfold Home Improvements Dorper Sheep Society of Australia (Southern Region) Doterra Doug’s Mobile Welding Dr Drums Furniture Duckfeet Australia Eastern Hill Cricket Club BBQ Easyklips and Crunchy Seeds EDI-T Hunting & Outdoor Gear Egg Delights Ember Defender Emo’s Leather Goods Enduro Tags Pty Ltd Enjo - Sandra Winnell Consulting EnviroGroup EnviroPro Alternatives Pty Ltd Envisage Furniture Eureka Garages & Sheds Event Scooter Hire Exotic Liquorice Extend Security F.D.Ryan Toolmakers Fantastic Products Australia Farm Monitoring Solutions Farmtech Machinery P/L Fodder Solutions (Sales) Pty Ltd Four Seasons Gutter Protection Frank & Lorraine Smit Freelance Drilling Pty Ltd

Craft Pavilion FM20 FM10 & Cattle Yards 1 T18 & T19 EB45 Sheep & Goat Shed FC2F C18A B31 Cattle Pavilion L46 & L47 B1 & B2 C50 Craft Pavilion B15 T51 C14 EB11 & EB12 & EB13 C9 GI3 C8 T16 & T17 T54 L34 GI17 & GI20 Sheep & Goat Shed B20 B86 EB50 & EB51 EB75 & EB76 T52 T73 EB55 EB84 C34 B69 EB36 B77 E46 EB33 & EB34 C32 C20 B37 Craft Pavilion C31 GI12 & GI15 B50 GI18 EB3 & EB4 T27B E25 & E26 T40A & T43A T9-T11 L24 B112 L20 GI6, GI9 & GI13 ALH 1 L50 B8 EB38 B29 T48

FujiClean Australia G & J Knight G & M Poly Gaffy’s GC Enterprise Giggle Shack Glenda Langley Glynncorp Electrical GO TAFE Golden Poffertjes Gold elds Revegetation Native Nursery Goldstar Trading Pty Ltd Goulburn Murray Water GP & MM Collins Grandpa’s Feeders Pty Ltd Grass Roots Publishing greenPRO Grow Fresh Greenhouses Australia GV Hoists and Cranes GW Tractors (QLD) Pty Ltd Haeusler Shepparton Handmade & Crafted Products Happy Feet Sport Clinic / Orthotic Works Hardwood Mills HC Progressive Health2all. Pty Ltd Hendy Haye Craft P/L Herald & Weekly Times Heritage Water Tanks Hevin Distributors Pty Ltd Hi Water Concrete Tanks P/L Hidow Pain Relief - Bruce & Dianne Caldwell Hillbillies Delights Homestar Promotions Pty Ltd Horsley Wholesale Hose Factory Hunters Home I Like It Direct Pty Ltd Ian L Fox ICU Small Animal Rugs iHealth Saunas/PMAK Marketing Pty Ltd Independent Phoenix Trader J & M Brain Safety Wear Jetmaster Victoria JJA O’Loghlin JMB Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd John Sanderson Machinery John Sparks (Model Steam Engines) Joma Alpacas/Fabulously Alpaca K & R Tinker Engineering P/L t/a Tink’s Equipment Kanga Loaders Global Pty Ltd Kara’s Accessories KC & GJ Manton Keil Industries Ken Muston Automotive Kensal Estate Wines Khouri Workwear Kingkutter (Australia) Pty Ltd Kingsman Collection King Valley Popcorn Konigs Shepparton Kooyong Furniture La Trobe University Lavender Passion LAVORWASH AUSTRALIA

Site EB48 Cattle Pavilion T53 B51 EB67 B119 & B120 Craft Pavilion T23 & T24 ALH 9 & ALH 10 B83 T8 EB54 & EB16 B42 B78 B106 B28 B9 L62-L64 C28 B72 T5 FM2 EB60 E33 L9 EB71 & EB72 Craft Pavilion B23 B88 & B89 C33 C47 & C48 EB87 L22A GI4 & GI7 T74 L65 EB68 & EB69 C25 Cattle Yards 5 ALH 7 EB61 & EB62 Craft Pavilion C3 C52 & C53 Sheep & Goat Shed E5 & E6 B10-B13 B107-B109 B15A B7 B87 L40 Cattle Pavilion E3 T12 & T13 EB85 T50 L12 GI16 & GI19 FM4 B76 B101 & B102 EB43 Craft Pavilion B111

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Come and see the revolutionary Auto Drench Gun that gives the exact dose for weight every time


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Farmers Ma rket

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Camel Rides

See us at SITE B55-B58 and B61-B64

Timberland Kids Zone

31 Cowslip St, Violet Town

Phone: (03) 5798 1377 PAGE 26—‘Seymour Alternative Farming Expo’, February, 2017

EXPO SITE LISTINGS LD. IA. ME & CW Stevenson Leafguard LED Light Co Leichts C.I.A Letzgetwired Lilly’s Collection Little Goody New Shoes Loddon Lures Spinnerbaits Luanda Datavac (Volta by Electrolux) Lucas Mill Pty Ltd Lucindale Engineering Magnum Welders Mans eld Rudolf Steiner School Mans eld Tools Marianne Bunning Framing Marine Biofertilisers Australia Pty Ltd May eld Poll Highland Cattle Mega Cheap Hardware Metalscape Middendorp Electric Co Mini Clothes Hoists Mitchell Shire Council Mohair Australia Ltd Morris Outside Mr Pure Water Mstar Desserts Mulberry Lane Quilting & Crafts Murray Valley Marine/Murray Valley Enginerring & Welding Pty Ltd My Slice of Life Natura’s Icecream Bar Neil Beer Seymour Newstyle Direct P/L Niagara Therapy Nicole McDonald North East Ag North Solar Norton Livestock Handling Solutions Norwood Australia Now Buildings NutriSoil Nuts Bout’ Fruit O.P.S Country Tanks Off-Grid Energy Australia Oh! So Good Foods Old Tyabb Cordial Co Olivia O’Connor Rocking Horses On The Go Safety Ozatts Ozpig Pty Ltd Ozway Camping & Outdoor Products Paahammer Windows Pachinko Hats Para Park Co Operative Game Reserve Pat Kearins - Hats at Pats Perry’s Lemon Myrtle Rainforest Products Peter Hodge Camel Hire Peter’s Sheepskin Footwear & Products Phoenix Trading Pioneer Water Tanks c/- Specialised Tank Services Pivot Stove & Heating PJ’s 4x4 Polaris Sales Australia Pony Pals Hobby Horses

Sheep & Goat Shed B118 B53 & B52 E31 T7 L45 Craft External 3 E48 EB80 E18 & E19 C43 & C44 E54 EB81 C21 Craft External 5 T71 Cattle Pavilion B84 & B85 T40 C6 B46 EB18 Sheep & Goat Shed EB73 & EB74 C10 T37 Craft Pavilion T14 & T15 L32 & L33 B57A T1 & T2 & L66 C16 & C23 & C36 GI21 FM3 B80 C38 E1 E33 B39 & B40 E30 FC1A E32 EB65 & EB66 FM9 FC3F E35 L43 E17 E49 & E50 L22 & L23 T38 & T41 L15 C42 L35 C37 T44 C41 EB19 L42 & L41 EB82 & EB83 L55 & L56 T80 Craft External 4


Post ‘N’ Rail Powdersafe Pty Ltd Power Hound Attachments PregRite Genetics Pty Ltd Prickly Moses Pure Indulgence Quays Catering Radtke Catering Raine Marketing Rato Power Products Victoria Ravenswood Rawleigh’s Healthcare Ray Newman RebB Designa Recharge Battery Additive Red Duck Brewery Red Gum Farm Rustic Furniture Red River Stockyards T/A Redlyn Holdings Regional Roof Restorations Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia Revitalife Rhino Tanks Ride On Mower Sales/Villen Motorcycles Riversdale Irises Robert Armitt t/a Sunstream Pumps Rosenow Industries Pty Ltd RPM Australia RPM Rural Product Marketing Rural Tanks & Garden Beds Salami Shack Sausage Time Schloss Semtech Animal Breeding Service Seven Creeks Pearls Seymour Ag Supplies Seymour FM Seymour Football Netball Club Seymour Mowers & Motorbikes Seymour Playgroup Incorporated Seymour Police Seymour Rural Equipment P/L Seymour Truck Parts ShedFast Shepparton Mower & Marine P/L Show Television Pty Ltd Showdem Promotions Signs Stickers & Graphics Skin Detox Sneddens Fencing Products SoKo Designs Solar Dynamics Pty Ltd Solartronics Sota Tractors Southern Cross Austereo Southern Skin Cancer Clinic Sproutwell Greenhouses Standard Solar Steanne Pty Ltd t/a Kustom Kegs Wine Barrel Furniture Step Forward Orthotics Stihl Shop Seymour St Mary’s Super Tools Australia Pty Ltd Strawberry & Pancake Van Sun Power Auto Gates Sunergy Solar Pty Ltd Super Stim

T56A T66 L52 & L53 B24A FC1G L19 C19 FC3A EB79 B35 Cattle Pavilion C18 Sheep & Goat Shed FM18 & FM19 C12 L31 B81 T75-T79 C24 E47 EB52 & EB53 T69 & T70 T63 & T64 FM7 & FM8 L37 B34 L2 & L3 B79 E29 EB30 FC1C E36 Sheep & Goat Shed GI1 B20 & B21 & B22 C32 C54 & C55 T32 & T33 Baby Change Facilities EB26 B74 & B75 T49 E34 T21-T22 & T30-T31 EB31 & EB32 + EB8 EB17 C35 EB56 E52 & E53 GI11 & GI14 C2 C27 L4 & L5 Near Main Of ce GI5 T61 & T62 EB63 & EB64 C11 B125 L10 & L11 T28 & T29 E12 B44 & B45 E43 & E44 EB21


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Super Tool Australia Trust Superior Boilers Swagman Tours Swenrick Constructions (Vic) Pty Ltd Swim Inn Pool Shop P/L Taig Bros Tallarook Rural Supplies Tasty Gozleme Taylex Industries P/L Telstra The Fudge Factory The Cajun Kitchen The Charcoal Pit The Cup and Mug The Herb Store The Jolly Lolly Trolley The Nationals The Pizza Truck The Ultimate Hayfeeder The Wicked Spud Three Beans Coffee & Catering Timboon Fine Icecream Tintern Grammar Totally Fun Stuff Tow and Farm TreeProject Tri Nature Trif d Park True Blue Goo TurbosawmillAust Twins Pantry Twisted Potato Vaughan Irrigators/Walk West Pty Ltd Victorian Central Region of Australian Alpacas Association Vin Rowe Farm Machinery Violet Town Rural Vision Mart Sunglasses Wangaratta Kebabs Warratina Lavender Farm Water Stone Energy WaterStore Poly Tanks WD & PR Surplice Pty Ltd T/A W & P Pumps and Dairy Services Weed Gunnel Weedwakka Westbury Gates Whelan Energy Innovations Whirly Windmills WHM Tractors/Weir & Harrod Machinery Pty Ltd Willems Woodwork William Adams Ag Windsor Park Country Flavour Wobble-Tee Wodonga Institute of TAFE Wood Art Wandong Woodshield Woodstock Flour Worksafe Victoria Marketing Pty Ltd Yarra Glen Mower and Tractor Centre Yarralea Limousin Your Inspiration At Home Zawahdee

T81 B41 T20 EB58 & EB59 T39 T55 & T56 B24 FC1E EB46 & EB47 E4 C46 FC2E FC1F GI2 FM11 L29 L30 FC3C & FC3D L8 FC1B FC3E FC2D Sheep & Goat Shed Craft External 2 B14 ALH 2 EB49 E14 E15 L1 EB5 FC2G L48 B16 & B17 T6 B55-B58 & B61-B64 C51 FC3B EB23 E28 L58-L61 L49 EB22 C17 T65 E27 L28 T25 & T26 E38 B59 & B60 & B65 & B66 EB86 C40 ALH 3 & ALH 4 E37 C13 FM13 EB28 & EB29 L38 B82 Cattle Pavilion FM12 C5 L17

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Furry and feathery family fun Farmer Darryl and his herd of furry and feathery friends will be back at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo with some new cheeky piglets and adorable kids. Farmer Darryl’s Mobile Animal Farm was a big hit at the 2016 event’s Kids Zone and visitors will once again have the chance to get up close and personal with a farmyard full of animals and birds. Sheep, calves, goats, roosters, hens, fantail pigeons and rainbow lorikeets are all a part of the interactive display, where children are invited to pet, brush and feed the friendly animals. Darryl and Denise Sheridan have owned the mobile farm for 17 years and have gradually built up a collection of creatures to the point that they are now able to bring along mothers and their babies. Mr Sheridan said it was a fun experience for young and old. “People love the cheeky piglets but everyone has a different favourite animal,” Mr Sheridan said. “They’re all hand-raised and love the attention. “I’ve found we only need two rules — not to run and to be gentle with the animals.”

Farmer Darryl’s Mobile Animal Farm will both entertain and educate for the three days of the expo, with Mr Sheridan reading four of his animal-inspired books as well as leading sing-a-longs. “I’ll be doing a session of story time with Farmer Darryl,” Mr Sheridan said.

“People love the cheeky piglets but everyone has a different favourite animal.” Darryl Sheridan

“I also bring a collection of eggs that the birds lay and I give the kids some hints as to which bird laid each egg. “I’ll be clipping some wool off one of the sheep and putting it on the spinning wheel to show the kids how it’s done.” Farmer Darryl is located in the Kids Zone at sites T34 and T35.

Farmyard friends: Get up close and personal with a wide range of animals and birds at Farmer Darryl’s Mobile Animal Farm.

Can’t drink cows milk?

Then maybe Camel Milk is right for you! Camel Milk contains 30% less fat and 40% less lactose than cow’s milk! While camel milk in Australia is relativity new and not a lot of studies have been undertaken, the Australian Government is now setting up a 10 year research and development into the camel milk industry.

Victoria's rst licensed Camel Dairy

Drop in and say G’day to the team at Camel Milk Victoria and grab a bargain. We can be found in the farmers market (FM10) for taste testing and our beautiful camel and young baby will be att C Cattle Yards 1.

Our milk has no additives or preservatives, it is gently pasteurised, only heated to 63 degrees for thirty minutes, cooled below 5 degrees then bottled.

For all Camel Milk orders and general enquiries, Camel Milk Victoria ABN 59 107 656 379

Phone: 0400 969 336 Business Address: 2130 Manley Rd Kyabram, Victoria, 3620 ‘Seymour Alternative Farming Expo’, February, 2017—PAGE 29

Become acquainted with the great unknown The Strong Wool Sheep Breeders Association will display a number of British breeds at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, with breeders hoping to raise awareness of a number of less common varieties. Association member Jason O’Loghlin said the public would be able to ask the breeders questions. “We have a display for each breed, with breeders on offer to talk to people that are interested,” Mr O’Loghlin said. “(The exhibition) would largely be about awareness, but also education and touching base with any new breeders.” Among the breeds included in this year’s display are Border Leicester, English

A number of British sheep breeds will be on display at the expo.

Leicester, South Suf x, Wiltshire horn, Lincoln and Cheviot. Mr O’Loghlin said he’d noticed a growing trend in recent times, with people more interested in nding out the origin behind different goods, which resulted in greater curiosity. “People want to know the story behind the product,” he said. “We’re basically on our feet for three days answering questions.”

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Mr O’Loghlin said raising sheep could be easy to manage, but it was all about ensuring you had the right tools.

“You are able to build a rapport … but there are always a lot of new faces,” he said. Mr O’Loghlin said the size of the expo “If they’re managed right, they’re not too and the event as a whole kept him much work,” he said. coming back. “If you give people good advice, they’ll “It’s the largest of its size … It’s something make up their own opinions.” of great interest,” he said. Returning to the expo for his seventh year, Head along to the Sheep and Goat Shed Mr O’Loghlin said he often saw the same to nd more about the less common sheep breeds. faces coming back each year.


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Sounds of Seymour: Folk with Poke’s Mel, Daniella and Terry will perform at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Laid-back listening at Seymour Unwind and relax at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to the sounds and voices of two harmonious musical groups.

court using a range of instruments including a mandolin, acoustic guitars, harmonica, banjo and other percussion instruments.

“We had an amazing time (last year). We were situated in the agricultural food court and it was three days Folk with Poke and Eb ‘n’ Flo will perform during the three-day event. of different crowds walking past. If they wanted to sit down it was Folk with Poke’s Daniella Hubbard great,” Ms Hubbard said said the three-piece band’s sound revolved around harmonies with all “It was great to be a part of the three singing and performing with atmosphere of the whole event. instruments. There seemed to be some great reviews from the store holders “Our sound is old and modern folk nearby as well.” songs,” Ms Hubbard said. “We do folk and blues. We might do a modern song with a folk in uence on it. “We create that kind of sound with the instruments and a feel that a folk song is.” The trio will perform in the food

Also performing will be Eb ‘n’ Flo, a Queensland-based duo that plays handmade slide guitars made of recycled materials. Folk with Poke will entertain in Food Court 3 while Eb ‘n’ Flow jam in Food Court 1.

More than 20 stalls will be on show at the Crafty Corner.

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The Crafty Corner is returning to the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, full of all things arts and crafts, with wool, soaps and accessories on display. With more than 20 stallholders from across Victoria and NSW, visitors will be spoiled for choice. Organiser Shirley Codwell said there would be plenty for everyone, with scrapbooking, soft toys, baby clothes, candles and homemade cards just some of the stalls making an appearance. “We tried to keep everything one-offs,” Ms Codwell said.

“The majority is handmade, or something you’re able to make your own products with.” Ms Codwell said the stall holders enjoyed coming back each year and had gotten to know each other well over the years. “It’s good to just put the products out there and promote our products. We have a good time,” she said. With plenty of visitors coming through the area, Ms Codwell said there was always a surprise or two. “They’re sometimes quite surprised at what they nd,” she said. “Everyone is always happy with what they see and what they buy.”

Fancy fowls The Seymour Poultry Club will pro le a number of different poultry breeds at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, each with their own unique characteristics. The club, which has been running for more than 20 years, has more than 25 breeders from across the country contributing to the expo, with breeders from Victoria, NSW and South Australia, as well as local club members. With club members on the oor at the expo, any questions about the birds or anything poultry-related can be answered. Plymouth Rock chickens will be one of many breeds on show at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Club member Lachlan Macdonald has been showing poultry for more than 30 years. He encouraged people to get involved.

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“It is a great hobby to have and you can make a lot of friends out of it too,” Mr Macdonald said. Individuals can also purchase poultry at the expo and leave it in the capable hands of club members while they browse the rest of the expo. Mr Macdonald said one of his main breeds was Plymouth Rock, a slow-growing breed that laid well. But he said it was important to take your time with them. “The trick with Plymouth Rock is to let them grow at their own pace, and give them time,” he said. Mr Macdonald said the Seymour Poultry Club was a “very good club to join”. “(There’s) lots of people that can help you. The shows and sales they run are A-class,” he said. Find the Poultry display marked on the map on pages 26 and 27.

Get up close and personal with snakes A dozen different species of reptiles, including ve of the world’s 10 most venomous snakes, will be used to educate audiences at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Reptile specialist and Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia owner Allan Burnett will hold 15-minute educational presentations every half hour during the three-day event. “I will cover characteristics and behaviour of reptiles,” Mr Burnett said. “We will go through some techniques and tips to avoid bites and I’ll do a rst-aid presentation.”

Slithery snakes: Alan Burnett from Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia will teach expo-goers what to do if they come across a snake. Mr Burnett said it was vital for Australians to be aware of snakes and how to treat their bites. “We have 40 per cent of the world’s most venomous snakes, including in Tasmania, which only has three species,” he said. “In Victoria we have 28 different varieties of snakes, and 27 of those are venomous.” Mr Burnett worked as an intensive care paramedic for 20 years, but made a career move to reptile education after

befriending a snake expert. “I decided to get off the front line and got into education,” he said. “Prevention is better than a cure. “In Australia we are taught to swim in between the ags and shut the gate of the pool, but you do not get a lot of advertising about what to do if you come across a snake. “That’s my mission impossible, to keep everybody safe.”

The 15-minute reptile presentation will begin with an introduction to pythons and lizards, and the opportunity to touch the tail of one of them. Mr Burnett said it was important to teach people, including children, not to touch these animals in the wild but allow them to get their curiosity out of the way in a controlled environment. Check out Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia at site E47.


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Demand for camel milk growing You can’t nd it in the supermarket but Victoria’s rst licenced camel dairy will again showcase its milk at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Since husband and wife duo Chris and Megan Williams launched the Kyabram business in 2014, the demand for camel milk has skyrocketed. To keep up, Mrs Williams said this year Camel Milk Victoria and its 150plus camels would make the big move to a new farm, four times larger than their current property. “This is going to be our biggest year yet,” Mrs Williams said. “The demand has been so strong we’ve outgrown our current farm. “In the next few years we’ll be hoping to have over 200 milking camels.” But Camel Milk Victoria is not stopping there. This year it will release a new range of products including lip balms, body butters and liquid soaps. Mrs Williams will take a camel and her baby calf to the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. She said visitors would be able to get up close and personal with the animals and invited people to stop for a chat. Camel Milk Victoria will also have a stall at the farmers’ market, where expo-goers can taste-test and purchase milk, powdered milk and the range of soaps. Mrs Williams said people should give the healthy alternative a try. “People’s rst reaction to the thought of camel milk is always interesting,

Camel Milk Victoria will treat the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo crowd to something different. but after giving it a try they surprise themselves with how pleasant tasting it is,” she said. “While camel milk is so new to Australia, some cultures have been consuming camel milk for hundreds of years. “It’s a great alternative for those seeking something different. “Camel milk is lower in fat, lower in lactose and a great source of calcium and magnesium.” To keep up to date with its adventures, search for Camel Milk Victoria on Facebook and Instagram and make a visit to site FM10.

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Powering up off grid Australia’s trusted home battery storage specialist Off-Grid Energy can help you live a life free from power bills. Designing and installing battery storage systems for home and business, the ecofriendly company has become a regular at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo and will once again have consultants on hand to discuss your options. As one of the country’s battery storage specialists, each Off-Grid Energy system is designed speci cally for the customer’s usage.

independence,” Ms McMahon said. “Some people go off-grid because it’s cheaper than connecting to the grid, but for people who have a choice it’s about getting more out of their solar, and security.” Using quality components is the rst step towards trouble-free delivery and Ms McMahon said the business had a

variety of batteries to suit everybody’s needs. “We are certi ed installers for Tesla Powerwall and Red ow ZCell, and use a range of other quality brands such as SMA, Selectronic, LG, Trina, and Tindo Solar” she said. “We’re also signatories of the Solar Retailer Code of Conduct, and have been recognised as a CEC Approved Solar Retailer for industry best-practice.” The company ensures it keeps itself green

and clean by working with a reforestation organisation to offset any carbon costs from product installation. “We calculate the amount of carbon each installation emits and offset that through a tree plantation company,” Ms McMahon said. “We try to always keep our business as sustainable as possible.” To discover more about battery storage check out Off-Grid Energy at sites EB65 and EB66.

Marketing manager Emily McMahon said there were many options out there but choosing the right system depended on the customer’s energy situation, location and what they wanted to achieve from battery storage. “The client comes to us and we’ll tailor for their needs, big or small,” Ms McMahon said. The business has a long history with the more complex off-grid systems, supplying electricity to properties not connected to the public network; and is experienced with on-grid or ‘hybrid’ battery systems, which can be connected to existing solar systems or installed with new solar. “Most of our customers are off-grid, but more and more people are wanting more

Green and clean: Off-Grid Energy will be at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to answer questions about its niche product range.

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Cattle for the future They may not be the most well-known breed but Brahman cattle are the choice for the future. The Australian Brahman Breeders Association is back at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to showcase the unique breed best known for its conversion rate and ability to survive tough conditions. With a bull, heifer and calf on display and a wealth of knowledge and experience with the breed, Brahman Breeders Association’s Southern Branch chairperson George Mercieca said the group would be there to answer questions on anything from the breed’s history to breeding and diets. “The idea is to give the public information on the Brahman cattle,” Mr Mercieca said. “Although they’ve been breeding them in Victoria for many years, they don’t get a lot of publicity.” Mr Mercieca said the breed’s most unique characteristic was its kilogram to kilogram conversion rate. “The conversion rate is incredible. Instead of feeding them fancy oats and grains I’ve taken them through the winter just on

straw and they look as fat as they would if they were grain fed,” he said. “They adapt well to any conditions. The hot temperatures don’t bother them at all. “Throughout the drought they still looked fantastic with shining coats.” While the breed calves easily with small calf sizes, Mr Mercieca said crossbreeding created a hybrid vigour with increased carcass size. A 12-month-old grass-fed steer could weigh up to 450 kg. Brahman beef is in demand worldwide. Mr Mercieca said a recent auction of Worldwide demand: Brahman cattle are known for their high-quality low-fat meat. 78 bulls grossed $1 235 million with a 100 per cent clearance rate. “They’re very smart animals,” he said. “They adapt well to any “They sold for an average of $15 833 each “I don’t even have to round them up. If I and the top price was $90 000,” he said. conditions. The hot temperatures want them to go into the yard I just walk “We have personally sold a week-old calf don’t bother them at all. towards it and they’re waiting for me by for $5000 and embryo for $11 000. the time I get there. Throughout the drought they “The meat is low in fat. It has a very good still looked fantastic with shining “Our GTM Brahman Facebook site shows tender rating (and) marble rating.” a Brahman tting itself into a cart.” coats.” Mr Mercieca said Brahman cattle were To get up close and personal with the George Mercieca also easy to work with. Brahman a visit the Cattle Yards.

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Concrete post and rail fences offer a classic timber look without the maintenance.

Owners Steve and Melinda Jones have been in business for 12 years. Mr Jones said the single, two and three-rail designs are most popular for creating entrances and attractive fences. “Often our customers are choosing the option of a concrete post and rail fence to replace a fence lost to white ants or re,” Mr Jones said. “The concrete post and rail fences are maintenance-free. We offer the look of timber without all the timber problems. “In addition to our concrete post and rail fence we also offer a range of decorative gates and solar powered gate openers.” Mr Jones said Post N Rail can arrange delivery to most areas of Australia. “We offer an installation service or for those installing their own post and rail fence we assist with advice where needed,” he said. Visitors to the expo will be able to view the fences, which are available in ironbark, red gum, ash, walnut, cedar and willow as well as obtain information and quotes at site T56A.

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Clever machines to ease farming load Showcasing three different innovative machines, Tow and Farm will be exhibiting at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo for its fourth year. Tow and Mow Imagine being able to mow your lawns or top your paddocks at 15 km/h on the comfort of your ATV. The Tow and Mow range now caters for acreages, hobby farms, orchards and vineyards meaning there is an option to suit every application. The Tow and Mow range offers fast, ef cient mowing that is up to ve-times faster than a rideon lawnmower or slasher. No belts, no pulleys, no worries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the machine comes in two cutting widths (1 m or 1.27m) with two different styles.

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machine designed to pick up horse and alpaca manure at speed. Just hitch it behind your ATV or quad bike and tow it around with no stopping and starting at each poo pile. It will cover up to half an acre in about 10 minutes, not four hours with the old shovel and wheelbarrow. Easy to use, it features rotating nylon brushes that scrape the ground surface, propelling any debris into the large rearmounted catcher. Once full, back up to your manure pile, wind the gas-assisted handle and it will all fall out.

Smart idea: Tow and Farm will have three machines on display including the Tow and Collect, which is designed to pick up horse and alpaca manure without breaking your back.

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Bigger is better when it comes to farm sheds. At least, that’s the feedback Australia’s “It has been great to catch up with our loyal leading wholesale shed supplier Now customers and friends, many of whom have Buildings receives from farmers, according purchased several sheds from us over the to national business development manager years.” Michael Little. All Now Buildings, sheds are made from “Farming equipment is getting higher and premium Australian steel and come with sitewider and people’s sheds need to be able to speci c engineering plans and certi cations accommodate it,” Mr Little said. as well as BlueScope Steel warranties of up to “So farmers are buying open-ended sheds 25 years. with 18 to 20 m clear span openings and many You can save thousands off the regular prices customers have installed three or four sheds by buying your premium quality shed at the together in our Mammoth Openings design.” Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Now Buildings is a family-owned wholesale Everything from solid industrial buildings, shed company dealing exclusively with ABN open-sided farm buildings and big, wide holders on a business-to-business basis. This buildings from the Mammoth Openings means farmers and other businesspeople are range are drastically reduced, so pop over able to buy a premium-quality building at a to sites B39 and B40 and have a chat with wholesale price. Michael Little. “We decided to get out and meet our customers at all of the major eld days and the This may be the opportunity you have been response has been fantastic,” Mr Little said. waiting for.

Battery conditioner gives maximum performance and longer life Sulphation build-up is a major problem for lead acid and calcium acid batteries, but the Recharge Battery conditioning program can as much as double battery life, according to Gerard Anselmi of Recharge Battery Revitalizer and Conditioner. As batteries age, more and more of the sulphur ions in the sulphuric acid electrolyte, which should be holding the electrons or charge, build up on the internal lead plates as lead sulphate or sulphation. Mr Anselmi said the build-up did two things. It reduced the batteries’ chargeholding capacity by removing the sulphur ions from the electrolyte, and acted like rust on steel and corroded the lead until the plates collapsed and caused premature battery failure.

Build them big: Now Buildings specialises in sheds for farmers and business such as this mammoth triple open-front design.

“Every battery you buy has already started to sulphate and they just get worse until they die,” Mr Anselmi said.

A recharge treatment will dissolve the lead sulphate build-up, turning those sulphur ions back into sulphuric acid-holding electrons. “We are chemically reversing the sulphation build-up process, one chemical reaction to counter another,” Mr Anselmi said. “Once treated, a battery is essentially running at full capacity, provided the lead plates are still in good condition. Prevention is the key.” Dead batteries cannot be saved and Mr Amselmi said to instead focus on early treatment. Recharge Battery is located at site C12.

A product for every need With more than 40 years in the business, FarmTech’s Pasture Aervator and harrow product ranges ful l every need and feature superb workmanship. The Aervator is a multifunctional implement that relieves compactions and aerates, cultivates and renovates all growing conditions. By increasing water and air penetration, the Aervator promotes soil bacteria and root growth. Combined with a seed, the Aervator maximises the bene t of aeration by directly impacting the plant/weed success of your pasture. By aerating, seeding and harrowing in the one pass, you can achieve all the bene ts of aeration, while also over-sowing your chosen pasture crop into ideal conditions, allowing it to out-compete weeds. The trailing harrow acts to maximise soil to seed contact and facilitates higher percentages of seed fertilisation. This system has become Australia’s

favourite and most trusted aeration and seeding system for hobby farms and small acreages, also can be used in larger broad acre applications as well. FarmTech’s range of products are innovative and diverse, with the Aervator, Lehner SuperVario12 volt Spreader and Hacket ‘Concord’ Pasture Harrows able to be utilised in a number of ways. The Aervator can be used to prepare seed beds, provide a pathway for water, fertiliser and lime movement, and signi cantly reduce water runoff, water logging and water erosion of valuable top soil. The Lehner SuperVario 12 volt Spreader, which can be easily swapped around your ATV, ute or tractor, can be used to sow grass and pasture seeds for overseeding

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On show: FarmTech’s Aervator and Harrow range will be on display include the 3 m aervator with OKO 5 AIR. grasslands, spread granular fertiliser pellets and slug pellets. With the Hacket ‘Concord’ Pasture Harrows you can to spead straw and eld residues, break up clods and crusting in cultivated ground, renovate pasture by

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Recycle your household wastewater and save Onsite wastewater treatment technology world leader FujiClean Australia is back for the 25th Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. The FujiClean is a small-scale domestic onsite sewerage treatment plant which uses the natural biological processes of clari cation followed by aeration to achieve a high-quality treatment of wastewater to enable it to be discharged back into the environment and reused in garden areas.

Inventive investment: Designed for Australian conditions, the FujiClean CE1500 EX model will be on display at the expo.

Treating all household wastewater from the kitchen, laundry, bathroom and toilet areas, the business will showcase the country’s most advanced domestic wastewater treatment system. FujiClean Australia general manager Richard Williamson said the FujiClean CE1500 EX model served as a standard residential treatment unit. “The unit is small and compact, typically treats up to 1500 litres of household wastewater every day, is engineered for reliability and energy ef ciency and produces a high-quality treatment of wastewater,” Mr Williamson said.

“Our technology can ameliorate the situation by providing various water-recycling processes.” Born from a need for appropriate treatment to stop contamination of natural waterways in Japan, FujiClean has continuously developed its products over the past 50 years. FujiClean Australia was established in 2008 and two years later began manufacturing domestic systems in Queensland designed speci cally for Australian conditions. The lightweight single-tank system is approved in all states of Australia and allows for a simple installation process, an effective servicing procedure and minimal ongoing costs. The systems are designed for use in nonsewered areas.

“The technology can be expanded to treat industrial organic wastewater as well.

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Range for aged care or hospitals. “We have Genie battery or motor-driven EWPs to reach up to 135 ft (41 m) on concrete oors or all terrain. “We also do Palamatic Vacuum lifters for nonporous surfaces like wood, milk bags and concrete bags.” All equipment is to Australian standards and GV Hoists and Cranes is OH&S compliant. Mr Prinzi said the local business serviced everything it sold, and would keep your business moving with reliable 24/7 on-call service.

The team will be available at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to answer all questions on Stahl German hoists and cranes, car and truck hoists, CHS Healthcare range and Genie elevated work platforms (EWPs).

“It’s a business of sales and service of anything lifting, including chain and sling testing,” he said.

With options for big and small, manager John Prinzi said GV Hoists and Cranes specialised in the best technology Germany had to offer as well as Bendpak and Tuf ift car or truck hoists.

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“You have to check all lifting equipment yearly, depending on the usage more frequently to the AS standards. When a crane stops, everybody stops, therefore there’s no productivity.”

“We sell Stahl hoists and cranes that are made in Germany,” Mr Prinzi said. “They have 130 years of technology, they have data logging (and) load display which can save a lot of money in the long run as it records what work it has done as far as lifting hours and motor protection. “The way they are manufactured and the technology is above all, they’re the Mercedes Benz of cranes.

The company’s engineer has 40 years’ experience manufacturing Australian-made hoists and cranes and can also design and fabricate any type of lifting equipment to suit your needs. The business has supplied cranes to the million-dollar expansions of QME Engineering Bendigo, Icon-Septech Shepparton and SPO welding services Seymour.

“We can also service, install and sell new or existing truck or car hoists in any make or model.

Mr Prinzi said the business wanted to show expo-goers they did not need to go further a eld for quality lifting products.

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Violet Town Rural is now manufacturing its own line of stockyard equipment under the VTR Stockyards brand. The yards are made from Australian steel and are proudly Australian made. VTR spent 10 years selling other manufacturers’ products and was nding it dif cult to get them to listen to customer feedback. Manufacturers were creating the same old products and not moving forward with the times, so VTR decided it was time to take the next step and make its own line of products. So far the business has made a full range of semi-permanent and permanent cattle yards, four different cattle ramps, six cattle crushes, fully sheeted force tubs to remove the danger to operator, and a range of quality sheep yards, ramps and V-races. The business aims to make a premium product from premium Australian steel that has the tensile strength and quality galvanising that the imported products tend to lack, all the while striving to keep the price as low as possible. Premium products: Violet Town Rural’s own line of Australian steel stockyards will be on display at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

VTR also has a cheaper range available for hobby farmers or those looking to put

up cheap yards on an out-block. Its yards are designed so anyone can operate them, from older farmers to children. VTR has all situations covered — from a small out-block set-up to fully automated and air-operated equipment. The business has just completed a large cattle yard in the Snowy Mountains that is air-operated and all race gates, draft gates and crush can be operated by a simple press of a button. VTR also sells and services sheep and cattle handlers and is a Victorian agent for Racewell Te Pari sheep and cattlehandling equipment. The Racewell sheep handler replaces the need for extra employees and allows farmers to drench, vaccinate, backline, ear tag, capsule, foot pare and crutch, all on their own and all at the push of a button. These products will be on display at the VTR’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo sites B55 to B58 and B61 to B64.

A pump for every application With a wide range of products, from irrigation pumps to diesel motors for irrigation applications, Kyabram-based W&P Pumps and Dairy Services has the product to t your needs. The business will have a range of pumps on show at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, with staff on hand to discuss each individual’s speci c needs. During the three-day event W&P Pumps will also be selling re- ghting pumps and farm pressure pumps at drastically reduced prices as a special deal for expo-goers. The rm’s expertise is expansive, including centre-pivot irrigation, irrigation and pressure pumps, poly pipe work and variable speed drives. It is well regarded among its customer base, which stretches across the Goulburn Valley and southern Riverina. The business also specialises in dairy services, including repairs and milking equipment, with on-farm sales, service and delivery also available. Complementary services include automation, fabrication and machining, mechanical support for tractors and

hydraulics, and planning and installation of irrigation pipe-and-riser systems. W&P Pumps also offers a 24-hour breakdown service to ensure that mechanical faults and emergencies are quickly resolved, with a team of fast and reliable technicians on call. Sales representative Geoff Cronyn said after-sale service was an important element of W&P Pumps and Dairy Services’ workload, with a wide selection of parts held in stock to ef ciently get pumps and engines working again after a breakdown. It also offers a selection of solar-powered pumps, which are ideal for people living off the grid or for property owners in remote locations. Staff will be at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo site L49 to discuss customers’ needs and tailor a package to suit.

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Big boy toys: The William Adams display will feature a range of machinery including the Kioti 75–100 hp tractor and Aitchison seeders.

Big and small machinery

William Adams Ag is quickly becoming a regular at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, with the team returning to show off its wide range of equipment. With ve branches throughout Victoria, the company has the machine to suit everyone’s agriculture needs, big or small. Shepparton branch manager Christian Barnett said this year’s display would include 26 -100 hp tractors, Aitchison seeders and cultivation equipment. “We will be there, showcasing a range of our stock that will suit the dairy industry and smaller contractors,” Mr Barnett said. “We’ll have a good mix of machinery and implements. “We do everything from ride-on mowers to high horsepower tractors and UTV to heavy machinery.”

Mr Barnett said the William Adams Ag’s point of difference was its customer service. “We service in-store or we can go to the farm to look after our clients,” he said. “We go wherever we need to — we cover Victoria with our network.” The business is looking forward to its third appearance at the expo, which Mr Barnett said was a great chance for the company to get the word out. “It’s a really good opportunity to let farmers see what suits best and what’s new and improved,” he said. “It is also an opportunity to talk to existing clients and hopefully talk to new clients as well. “Hopefully all the farmers come along and have a look, from new ventures to more experienced farmers.” William Adams Ag is located at sites B59, B60, B65 and B66.

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Building sheds to suit your needs With more than 25 years of experience Eureka Garages and Sheds products carry an unconditional guarantee against faulty workmanship or materials and are manufactured at its West Sunshine plant incorporating the latest technology and equipment. The business prides itself as a renowned member of the manufacturing industry that is recognised for reliable, long-lasting products. Its buildings are recommended for their design, strength and ease of construction; this includes custom orders and pre-made kits for easy and economical do-it-yourself building. Eureka Garages and Sheds has a reputation for ne designs with super strength that can be constructed quickly and easily. Having grown to build anything from small carports to large industrial projects, the business specialises in building sheds to suit clients’ speci c needs. If you need a barn with a mezzanine oor and bay sizes to suit stables, Eureka Garages and Sheds will design and custom-build your barn to suit. It roll-forms most garage materials

itself, so by purchasing a Eureka Garages and Sheds product the middle man is eliminated and the savings are passed on to the customer. It also ensures quality control by using only the best materials as supplies for in-house designs, resulting in a strong and durable nish. All structures are built using high tensile steel for a stronger, more durable building and are factory-made at the facility and sold in retail outlets across the state. Fast delivery is guaranteed across Melbourne and metropolitan areas with freight options available for wider Victoria and interstate. Eureka Garages and Sheds is entirely Australian owned, and has been a valuable domestic and commercial provider to customers in metropolitan and rural areas for many years. For more information head to sites T40A and T43A.

Energy-ef cient solutions Glynncorp Electrical will be at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to advise on sustainable energy management and energyef cient solutions for farm, home and business. Off-grid solar power systems are not connected to the electricity supply grid and individual systems are formulated to meet the demands of the property. This is achieved by designing the system to cover all conceivable uses of power for homes, sheds and pumping, with a battery back-up system in place to store the renewable energy and a generator on automatic standby for extreme loads, dull days and if power is required at night. Another option is hydrogen fuel cell technology which is considered a clean alternative. Hydrogen is produced on site and can be stored long or short-term and converted to electricity when required with zero pollution. Fuel cells have almost no moving parts and generate power via an electrochemical process. Therefore they are inherently reliable and quiet. Hydrogen technology offers ease of use and onsite clean power generation, creating a low-carbon environment for a sustainable future. Solar pumping is increasing in popularity and suits irrigation reticulation, centre pivot irrigation, lateral

A sustainable future: John Cochrane, owner of Glynncorp Electrical, which specialises in energy ef cient solutions. irrigators including three-phase ood/surface irrigation pumping, subsurface irrigation and sprinklers. The installation of solar power photovoltaic (PV) modules to supply motors/pumps can be designed for new services or retro tted to existing installations. Head along to sites T23 and T24 to learn more about Glynncorp Electrical’s energy ef cient solutions.

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Farm equipment to suit all applications Long-established Nagambie business John Sanderson Machinery will have a range of tractors, ride-on lawn mowers and tractor mowers at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Owner Damian Sanderson said visitors to the site could inspect Massey Ferguson and Kioti tractors from small 25 hp models up to 100 hp tractors to suit a variety of farming and rural lifestyle pursuits. A selection of Massey Ferguson tractor mowers will be there along with Ferris zero-turn ride-on mowers that are ideal for larger properties or commercial applications. Mr Sanderson said staff would be on hand to help prospective clients determine which tractor or mower best suited their needs. He said the third-generation family-owned agricultural machinery business had attended the expo for the past few years and valued meeting existing and new clients in its catchment area. Mr Sanderson said the Nagambie operation had a fully-

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New Kubota tractors land in Australia Kubota’s highly anticipated M7–1 Series tractor line has of cially hit Australian dealerships including the Shepparton-based Bertoli’s Agricultural and Industrial. The M7–1 Series will be on display at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, and Kubota’s marketing and sales general manager Malcolm Owens said it marked a new era for the business as it broke into the commercial livestock, mixed farming and row-crop production markets. “With the M7–1 Series, we’re bringing more than 40 years of engineering prowess to the eld with a built-from-the-groundup machine, designed with intuitive technology that makes precision farming possible,” Mr Owens said. The M7–1 Series includes three technologically advanced models: the M7–131, M7–151 and M7–171. Bertoli’s Agricultural and Industrial managing director Paul Bertoli said all models had the choice of Standard Powershift, Premium Powershift or Premium KVT (variable transmission) for exceptional control and versatility. “Each tractor in the range features powerful performance, simple operation, advanced technology, Kubota’s sophisticated styling, and best-in-class base weight, making them a powerful choice across a huge range of operations and conditions,” Mr Bertoli said.

“For those focused about safety, as well as long days in the eld, the M7–1 Series has optional front suspension for stable and precise operation, giving the tractor the ability to keep power to the ground and maintain traction in changing soil and terrain.”

On show: Bertolis Agriculture and Industrial partners Paul Bertoli and Jack Collins show off the Kubota M7-171 Premium KVT tted with a new Kubota LM2605 FEL.

The range suits all kinds of farms as it offers a wide variety of options for mowing and loading. Head along to site E55 to check out Bertoli’s Agricultural and Industrial’s range of Kubota tractors.


Australian Country Lifestyle Celebrated As the Member for Northern Victoria Region based in Seymour, I encourage everyone to attend the 2017 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo and celebrate the proud lifestyle that is country Australia. Our country lifestyle is among the top reasons people enjoy living in areas surrounding towns such as Seymour, Bendigo, Wangaratta and Shepparton. We understand the importance of connecting with the natural environment and close-knit communities. I think it is important we work together to preserve our heritage and educate others on the importance of maintaining robust rural and regional ways of living.

Alternative Farming Expo has kept pace with the growing interest in hobby and medium-scale farming, to showcase the latest innovative and best practices. The interest in small to medium farming practices continues to grow in our state, as Victorians and others recognise the benefits to living in the country and being more self-sustaining than our city cousins. Whether you attend for a day, or three, a visit to the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is sure to showcase the highlights of living in regional Victoria.

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Choice at Konigs Innovative Ferrari, BSC tractors and Solis tractors with compact Hysoon equipment sold by Konigs Shepparton will be on display at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. After striking a deal with Hysoon Australia, the Shepparton-based business extended its product range late last year and will now showcase the mini diggers and attachments at the expo for the rst time.

Solis, which trades internationally as International Tractors Limited, has tractors ranging from 20 hp to 110 hp with tractors available in cab and platform versions.

Striving to produce the best possible machines at the lowest possible price, Hysoon Australia’s sales manager Tony Serio said two products in particular were the most popular.

Constantly pioneering new technologies, the company has produced narrow track and compact tractors to meet individual agricultural needs.

“The 380 has an Italian triple pump, joystick and valves as well as a Japanese engine.” The Italian-manufactured Ferrari and BCS tractors have a low centre of gravity which offers a high level of safety when working on steep, hilly country and across slopes of 45 degrees.

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Konigs Shepparton will also showcase Solis tractors, an internationally recognised brand, producing more than two million tractors a year with a presence in more the 80 countries.

Catering for heavy industry, farming, contractors, hobby farmers and gardeners, the new partnership means Konigs Shepparton’s friendly staff can demonstrate and service the equipment at its fully equipped service centre.

“The HY380 mini skid steer loader along with the HY280 have the highest volume sold,” Mr Serio said.

New range: Hysoon Australia’s sale manager Tony Serio, Konigs Shepparton’s manager Leo Schoonderbeek, Hysoon Australia’s general manager Fengtao Sun and Konigs Shepparton’s spare parts manager Paul Barlow are excited to showcase the Hysoon range at the expo.

Benz VM diesel engines in line with European emission regulations.

The four-wheel models are designed for horticulture and viticulture and, despite being a low-pro le tractor, retain good ground clearance. They also feature dual-steer models that allow for a tighter turning radius with options of low-pro le or conventional cabins. All Ferrari models are powered by the Daimler-

The Solis 75 is an all-round performer, providing maximum reliability, versatility and maneuvrability in any soil condition, with any implement. The four-cylinder Solis 60 tractor is available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive and is equipped with synchronised transmissions, adequate front weights and a reverse synchro shuttle feature to make loading and unloading easier. The narrow tractors in the range, which ranges from 60 hp to 90 hp, are narrow by design but powerful by nature, equipped with an improved gearbox, power steering and minimum turning radius, ideal for mulching, mowing and soil management, and orchard and vineyard application.

Lightweight homes built for you Flexibility is key for family-owned lightweight home construction specialist Swenrick Constructions. The weatherboard-style home builder operates out of Buxton but constructs its range of designs Victoria-wide. Sales manager Rick Kulman said the business offered different levels of construction completion to t with the needs of individual clients. “We can build to lock-up, we can go to advance lock-up or we can go right through until the certi cate of occupancy,” Mr Kulman said. He said he was noticing a rising trend of people electing to work with the business until the lock-up stage. “Lock-up is where the house is made weatherproof and all the structural issues are dealt with,” he said. “Then the client comes in from there, whether using family members who have a trade quali cation or project manager and subcontract those people themselves.

“But the beauty of it is that we built it so that all the structural stuff has been dealt with so they’re moving into a house that is secure.” The exibility doesn’t stop there, with Swenrick offering a range of styles and colours to choose from, as well as the ability to apply any changes and modi cations to achieve a client’s dream home. “We’re certainly not a kit or locked into modules, so whatever they want they can have and they usually do that,” Mr Kulman said. “We have a pretty extensive standard range which caters for entry level, mid-level and cottage-style, contemporary and even to the nth degree when a client comes in with their own architectural drawings.” As well as building new homes Swenrick offers extensions for clients who don’t want to start from scratch. Swenrick staff will be at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo at sites EB58 and EB 59 to assist anyone considering building a new home.

New and improved: Heritage Water Tanks’ new corrugated range will be on display at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Water tanks get a makeover Heritage Water Tanks is spoiling customers for choice after introducing a new range of water tanks. The new water tanks are also compatible with the company’s unique gutter system, have a 20year pro-rata warranty and 1 mm BlueScope Steel walls, which are much thicker and stronger than many others on the market. Built with the same high quality materials as the company’s Streamline tanks, the corrugated water tanks include the same quality liner. The superior industrial quality Arma liner has a density of 700 g/m², and is 30 per cent stronger than liners commonly found in other tanks.

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Independently tested and 100 per cent BPA free, it stands out in all critical measures of durability, including liner density, sheer strength and tear strength. The company’s innovative waterwise gutter system also ensures additional water can be caught from the roof of the tank, reducing water wasteage. Heritage Water Tanks carry a range of domestic and rural tanks ranging from 55 000 litres to 375 000 litres, with a number of Colorbond Steel colour options. Heritage Water Tanks is a pioneer in the water tank industry and is proudly Australian owned and operated. To discover the new range of Heritage Water Tanks visit sites B88 and B89.

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