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Small changes, same great expo Round up family and friends and put on a sunhat — the 25th Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is coming up and is sure to delight an expected 25 000 visitors with more than 500 exhibits and plenty of attractions to educate and entertain the whole family. With a diverse assortment of quirky exhibits, captivating demonstrations and entertaining activities, visitors will be entertained, engaged and exposed to new ideas and enterprises. From sheep and cattle to alpacas and poultry, there will be no shortage of animals, which are always popular among farmers and young children at the expo. “There’s a great variety — it’s not all one style of animal to see,” Seymour Alternative Farming Expo exhibitor co-ordinator Fiona Smolenaars said. An impressive list of sheep and cattle breeds — including Dorper sheep and Red Poll, Red Angus and Highland cattle — will interest both established and new farmers. “People will get a chance to look at the huge variety of cattle and sheep. They will get to see in real life what people can have on their farm or their property,” Ms Smolenaars said.

A dedicated Kids’ Zone will keep children entertained with activities like a petting zoo, the snake man and jumping castle. With the temperature known to skyrocket in Seymour during February, the expo will open an hour earlier than usual, at 8 am, giving visitors the option to beat the heat and start exploring what is on offer more comfortably. Not only will the expo see a time change this year, but its site layout has been altered slightly to provide more of a “supermarket aisle shopping feel”, enhancing access for the public and exposure for the exhibitor Ms Smolenaars said. “We have made enhancements to the site based on exhibitor feedback and with an aim to build a broader visitor appeal and improve pedestrian flow past all sites,” she said. Quality and variety of food is always essential for a good day out and this year’s expo will not disappoint with a specially designed culinary precinct which includes three food courts, the informative and inspiring Butcher Shop and Country Kitchen and the fresh tastes of the Farmers’ Market all in one place. Ms Smolenaars said the expo was not just for those involved in agriculture or farming but for anyone seeking an enjoyable, family day out.

Ready to throw open gates The McPherson Media Group is ready to open the gates to this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo after a successful first year planning and managing the event in 2015. Event manager Kelvin Maude said the expo, which was established in Seymour in 1991, was a credit to previous owners Bev and Colin Stray.

The gates are ready to open on the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Media Group has taken the reins for planning and management of the event. Slight developmental changes have been made to the expo site to ensure Mr Maude thanked Mr and Mrs the event is appealing for families. Stray for their heavy involvement last year in delivering the event with the “The model is a proven success after 23 years, apart from the normal McPherson Media Group. development for an event like the “It was great to be involved, we were Seymour expo, we’ve just looked ably introduced to the expo by the at how some improvements can be previous owners,” he said. made from year to year,” Mr Maude “We had great weather, we had said. a really good crowd and the key “Visitors will notice some changes to people who have been involved with the layout, we’ve moved the food the expo over a number of years were court, we’ve moved the butcher on hand to make sure the event was and country kitchen into a more delivered.” prominent position and we’ve Mr and Mrs Stray will still be around introduced a Kids’ Zone for the first and contributing to this year’s time this year to really shoot home that it is a family event.” expo, however the McPherson

Buy tickets online Visitors to Seymour Alternative Farming Expo have the option to buy their tickets online. Organiser, McPherson Media Events, said pre-purchasing tickets would allow online ticket holders to enter the expo quicker and easier through a designated priority-entry queue. Eventbrite is co-ordinating the online

ticket sales and purchases can be made up to and including the final day of the expo by visiting the website at www.seymourexpo.com.au Tickets are also available at the venue.

Entry prices for a one-day pass are $17 (adults), $14 (concession), $8 (children five to 15 years old) and $60 (family with two adults and three children). Two and three-day passes are also available with different pricing structures, and children under the age of five will be admitted free.

Co-ordinator: Sharon Wright Stories: Sharon Wright, Emma Carinci, Taylah Burrows Photography: Karen Hodge, Ray Sizer, Julie Mercer, Holly Curtis Design: Alysha Bathman Published by McPherson Media Group

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Welcome to Seymour As managing director of McPherson Media Group, it gives me great pleasure to be producing the second Seymour Alternative Farming Expo event since taking ownership in December 2014.

Expo checklist For updates, visit seymourexpo.com.au Location: King’s Park Recreation Reserve, Tallarook St, Seymour.

I would like to thank our regular exhibitors who continue to support the event, and you, the 25 000-plus patrons who visit the expo over three days to experience a truly unique showcase of innovative farming and new technologies. This year, we’ve increased the emphasis on new food, with an enhanced presentation of the popular country kitchen and butcher’s shop adjacent to the farmers’ market and the feature exhibition of The Edible Garden. The new Kids’ Zone provides amusements, attractions and experiences for the young and young at heart. Our popular Snake Man is back again, and Farmer Darryl has a menagerie of animals for kids to experience up close and personal for free. Visit the new website at seymourexpo.com.au for online ticketing to experience express venue entry. The expo is open one hour earlier this year (8 am) to reduce the queuing and allow an extra hour of browsing before lunch. Enjoy a great day out (or two) and I look forward to seeing you there.

When: Three-day event from Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21.

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Children under the age of five are free.

Hours: Friday, February 19 to Saturday, February 20 from 8 am to 5 pm. Sunday, February 21 from 8 am to 4 pm. Car parking: Designated carparks are near all entrance gates and unlimited street parking is available. Entry price: A one-day pass is $17 for adults, $14 for concession, and $8 for children (five to 15 years old) and $40 for family (two adults and three children). Two-day passes are $25 for adults, $21 for concession, and $12 for children (five to 15 years old) and $60 for family (two adults and three children). Three-day passes are $34 for adults, $28 for concession, $16 for children and $80 for family (two adults and three children). Online ticket purchases: Admission tickets can be purchased online at seymourexpo.com.au

Workshops and seminars: Admission included in expo entry cost. Session times, topics and speakers are subject to change without notice. See website for updates. Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s practical livestock workshop sessions: Visit seymourexpo.com.au for information about the livestock workshops. Farm and Rural Lifestyle short talks: Friday and Sunday from 11 am and Saturday from 10 am on the netball courts near food court two. GOTAFE Sustainability short talks: Friday from 11 am and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am on the netball courts near food court two. Site services: ATM facilities are on site. Families with young children are catered for with child changing facilities and plenty of shaded areas in which to escape the heat. Animals: 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 fine food stalls, all at affordable prices. Administration: The expo administration office can be contacted on 1300 178 881.

Fancy fowls in feathered finery The Seymour Poultry club’s sale shed is perhaps one of the coolest places to be at the Seymour Expo.

This standard white leghorn looks to be making a bid for freedom at last year’s sale.

Over the years the club has catered for summer weather by using two large fans attached to misters to keep the chooks, and any visitors, comfortable. Club secretary Ross Green said during the three-day event the club had about 1000 birds spread between 200 and 500 pens. “We have a very diverse range and most of the fowls we have there are pure-bred poultry,” Mr Green said. A single pen at the expo generally holds two hens and a rooster, however Mr Green said buyers often left the rooster behind.

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“That’s been a big trend over the years,” Mr Green said. “If they want the pen they take the two girls and leave the big boy behind.” Mr Green said the club was trying to promote pure-bred poultry by getting buyers to purchase a breed, rather than a colour. “What we trying to do is get people away from the Isa brown, or the black chook, or the white chook or the red chook and get them onto a breed,” he said. Mr Green suggested buying breeds

such as the Rhode Island Red, or the Plymouth Rock, a large grey and white banded chook. The club is expecting their main customers at the expo to be hobby farmers wanting to purchase chooks to lay eggs in their backyard. Mr Green said chook buyers generally focused on appearances, with most people wanting to buy a “pretty looking chook”. The Seymour Poultry Club and its many chooks can be found in the Poultry Shed.


Star of the show border collie Brodie and handler Jeff Socha demonstrate canine disc.

And they’re racing! Man’s best friend will demonstrate speed, skill and obedience during the canine disc and flyball competitions at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Australian Flyball Association Victorian representative Rodney Gooch said the Seymour flyball event was a lead-up to the Royal Canberra Show and was expected to attract up to 14 teams of six dogs. Mr Gooch said flyball was an exciting spectator event and was based on activities dogs naturally loved, including running, jumping and retrieving objects. He said flyball relay was a canine team sport that involved two teams of four dogs racing a 15.5 m course, with each dog jumping over four hurdles before triggering the flybox peddle to retrieve a ball and return to the start/finish line before their dog teammate takes off and completes the same course. “There is a run-off area behind the start/finish line and the idea is to start your dog at a certain distance so by the time they cross the start line they are running at top speed,” Mr Gooch said. As soon as the nose of one dog in a team crosses the finish line the next dog can start and Mr Gooch said these changeovers were

recorded electronically as the dogs were running so fast it was difficult to determine with the naked eye if a dog crossed the line early. He said individual dogs in highly trained teams were able to cross the start/finish line at precisely the same time and while dogs of all breeds competed, it was the working dogs, including kelpies and border collies, that excelled. The canine disc is a growing sport nationally and involves teams of a handler and dog tossing and fetching a disc over certain distances. Mr Gooch said there were also games, time trials and a freestyle component where dogs performed choreographed moves and tricks to music. Canine disc was a demonstration event at the 2015 expo and is expected to draw 15 to 20 teams in its first year as a competitive event. The events will be staged on the main oval, with flyball running for most of the day on Saturday, February 20, and canine disc on Sunday, February 21.

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Speakers share knowledge and expertise Get the guidance you need to build a successful on-farm enterprise by visiting the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo’s Farm and Rural Lifestyle short talks. Industry experts passionate about their respective fields will share their inside knowledge and experiences in educational lectures during the three-day expo. Animal, energy and environmental experts will be among the guest speakers bursting with advice to help improve your farming practices. Come along to the netball courts near Food Court Two and be inspired to take the next step in building an existing or prospective on-farm project.

The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo has a host of short-talk programs to inspire, inform and enjoy.

FARM AND RURAL LIFESTYLE SHORT TALKS Friday, February 19

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11 am: Getting to the bottom of your soil Soil is not just dirt. Understanding the characteristics of soil can help you manage it better and improve farm productivity and profitability. This downto-earth session will focus on simple, practical tests that will help you get to know the soils on your property. All you need is a bucket, a spade and a willingness to get your hands dirty. There will be soil samples to look at, information about the challenges and limitations of different soil types, and advice on how to prevent and repair eroded areas. Brad Costin is a land management extension officer at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Noon: Bush herbs for pleasure and profit Amazing varieties of edible and fragrant native plants thrive in Victoria but most are still unknown to foodies, farmers and gardeners. Bush herbs, as they are known, include lemon and cinnamon myrtles, native pepper, and native thymes and mint. Many offer potential as niche farm enterprises. There will be samples to smell and taste, ideas about value adding to maximise crop returns, and information about growing requirements,

Karen Sutherland runs the Melbournebased business Edible Eden Design and a home-garden laboratory. 1 pm: Your own wonderful waterway We love our rivers and creeks, and there are plenty of practical steps landholders can take to look after and repair these special places. Improving water quality, encouraging native fish and frogs, and restoring aquatic habitat and streamside biodiversity to encourage birds and other helpful predators are just some of the benefits. If you are already tackling weeds, restoring native vegetation, and excluding or limiting stock access — take a bow. Landholders may be eligible for financial incentives to assist with works such as fencing, off-stream watering and purchase of native plants. Jim Castles is the riparian and river channel manager at Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. 2 pm: Getting through the dry times Many landholders are wondering if they have sufficient feed and water to see their livestock through until the autumn break. Brad Costin and Racquel Waller will explain how to calculate the amount of feed in your paddock, how much water

is in your dam, and how to allow for evaporation. Then, based on the energy and water requirements of horses, sheep and cattle, you will be able to work out how long your feed and water will last, and how much fodder you might need to buy in. There will be case studies and handouts to take home. Brad Costin is a land management extension officer at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Racquel Waller is a livestock extension officer at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Saturday, February 20 10 am: Restoring health and life to soils Brenton Byerlee Paul Flemming 11 am: Pigs in the pink Pigs are quirky animals so not surprisingly they have different requirements to sheep and cattle. To meet the growing interest in keeping paddock pigs Trish Holyoake will present a session on how to look after and get the best out of pigs. The session covers feeding, breeding, health care, selecting and purchasing stock, marketing, and the all-important

planning, legal and welfare requirements. Trish Holyoake is the principal of specialist pig practice Holyoake Veterinary Consulting. Noon: Fires and livestock — what’s your plan? We all know how important it is to have a bushfire plan for your family and pets, but what about your horses and livestock? Dr Lee Manning says inadequate planning for the management and welfare of animals in emergencies can result in last-minute decisions — with dangerous or fatal consequences. You may need alternative plans to accommodate the ‘stay or go’ scenarios. Dr Manning will discuss evacuation and refuges, how to help animals survive if they cannot be evacuated and how animals behave in a fire. Dr Lee Manning is a district veterinary officer with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. 2 pm: Hemp future is here Lyn Stephenson

Sunday, February 21 11 am: Bush herbs for pleasure and profit with Karen Sutherland

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17, 18 & 19 February 2017 Showcase your business and products to more than 25,000 visitors over three days at King’s Park Recreation Reserve, Seymour. For more information visit www.seymourexpo.com.au or contact us for details by phone 1300 178 881 or email: admin@seymourexpo.com.au

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Family friendly animal fun The number and types of animals and birds within Farmer Darryl’s Mobile Animal Farm display will delight visitors to Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Calves, piglets, lambs, rabbits, goats, hens, geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, fantail pigeons and rainbow lorikeets are part of the interactive show. Owners Darryl and Denise Sheridan started their enterprise about 16 years ago and have gradually built up an extensive collection of farmyard birds and animals that number in the hundreds. Mr Sheridan said he takes his mobile animal farm all over Victoria and into southern NSW, giving children and families the opportunity to see animals closeup as well as watch sheep being hand shorn, grain crushed and wool spinning. Children are invited to pat and brush the animals as well as feed them. “Our animals are used to being handled, they are very quiet,” Mr Sheridan said.

He said the animal farm was designed to be informative with spectators able to ask questions and learn about the various animal breeds and their unique characteristics. The mobile animal farm has a range of props including trailers decorated as a log cabin hut, rusty tin shed, horse stable and an old hay wagon that form the backdrops for the show. During the three days of the Seymour expo Mr Sheridan will hand shear one of his woolly sheep and spin the wool to demonstrate its place in the production of clothing. He also holds up eggs from geese, turkeys, pigeons and hens and gives a series of clues for the audience to guess which bird they were laid by. The animal farm is a key feature of the newly created Kids’ Zone at the expo.

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GOTAFE sustainability short talks FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Allan Burnett from Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia will teach people about the characteristics and behaviours of reptiles.

A first-aid presentation will cover how to treat a snake-bite and snakebite kits will be available to purchase.

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

“I decided to get off the front line and got into education,” Mr Burnett said. “Prevention is better than cure. “In Australia we are taught to swim in between the flags 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 presentations 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 to allow them to get their curiosity out of the way in a controlled environment. The Reptile Awareness Display of Australia will be at site E47 near the new Kids’ Zone.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 10 am: Cut household energy bills Do you know the energy hogs in your house? If you are being burned by high energy bills, Andrew Reddaway can help you to understand your household bill, your electricity plan, your meter, and your energy consumption. He will nominate some easy targets for you to start on and suggest simple retrofitting ideas to improve thermal efficiency. Information on options for hot water, heating and cooling, how to use excess solar generation and payback times for grid-connected solar will help you take practical steps to make informed decisions in the future. Andrew Reddaway is a solar and energy efficiency analyst at the Alternative Technology Association 11 am: Tiny truck houses — small is beautiful Rob Scott is on a mission to help people

downsize, reduce their building and living costs, escape the rent cycle, spend more time outdoors and enjoy their lives. His beautifully crafted small buildings built on truck chassis have attracted national media attention and he runs workshops to help others build their own. Tiny houses can be used for bed and breakfast accommodation, granny flats, studios and extra bedrooms. You will be inspired by the romance and utility of these buildings, and Rob will offer lots of practical information to help you get started. Rob Scott and his family live a simple life on their organic farm Hollyburton Park. Noon: A beginners’ guide to solar Going solar has never been so affordable, but at the same time consumers are faced with choosing from a huge range of hot water and power systems and technologies. Karl Edmonson will offer down-to-earth advice and information about how to reduce power bills and enjoy long-term reliability, durability and performance. Topics will include how to choose the right system for your household or business, costs and savings, planning and compliance issues, maintenance, safety and going off grid. Karl Edmonson is the manager of solar battery design at EnviroGroup. 1 pm: A beginners’ guide to preserving Are you over-run with zucchinis? Do your apricots hit the ground before you can think what to do with them? And would you like to rescue all that fruit on the fig tree next door? Noela MacLeod will draw on more than 45 years’ experience to share her practical, tried and tested preserving tips, ideas and recipes. Jams, sauces, fruit leathers, tomato paste, bottling, sun and oven drying, and fruit bottling without a Fowlers kit will be discussed. You will also hear how excess produce can be turned into fundraisers, and how community groups are harvesting and preserving excess produce. Noela MacLeod is a member of honour, and past state and national president of the Country Women’s Association. 2 pm: Will it rain this autumn? It is the golden question on everyone’s lips, but Dale Grey stresses you can’t exactly predict these things. As well as looking into his foggy crystal ball for answers, Mr Grey will discuss the factors that influence our past, recent and future weather, including the Pacific and Indian Oceans. He will also explain climate variability, El Nino and La Nina, and what the various autumn and winter rainfall predictions from local and international sources are telling us. Dale Grey is a seasonal risk agronomist with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and writes the farmer newsletter Fast Break.

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All about alpacas Australia has one of the world’s largest alpaca herds, second only to the country of origin, Peru, and a selection of the unique animals will be showcased at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. The Victorian central region of the Australian Alpaca Association will host a large marquee filled with pens of alpacas, stands from 11 individual breeders, alpaca fleeces, yarns, felted garments and toys. Display convenor Kaz Gaisford said alpacas were ideal livestock for small acreages as they required minimal care and their soft pads didn’t compact the earth. They also deterred predators and were extremely protective of other animals within their environment including lambs, goats and chickens.

“Alpacas are very easy to manage, they need to be shorn once a year, have their teeth and nails done and are very hardy to parasites.” Kaz Gaisford

The organisation exhibits at the expo each year and draws large crowds of people, from who simply wish to see an alpaca close-up to those contemplating starting a small breeding program. “We also have people come through who have a few acres and just wish to have a couple of lawnmowers to keep the grass down and the place tidy,” Ms Gaisford said. Alpacas were also popular as pets. Ms Gaisford said the first of the present wave of alpacas came into Australia about 25 years ago and were now highly sought-after by breeders from China, United Kingdom and Europe to improve the bloodlines of their herds. Visitors to the alpaca marquee will have the opportunity to speak with experienced alpaca breeders, learn about care requirements and admire the animals. Visit the Australian Alpaca Association at sites B16 to B19.

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Milking a growing demand Camel milk is not an item found in the refrigerator section at large supermarkets but at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo there will be plenty of it to go around. Megan and Chris Williams milk camels on their farm in Kyabram and will be back for their second time at Seymour to educate visitors about the product.

Mrs Williams said they were currently the biggest camel milking operation in Australia and, as far as they knew, the only suppliers of camel milk in Victoria.

Camel milk is high in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and iron, and contains 30 per cent less fat and 40 per cent less lactose than cow’s milk.

Both dairy farmers by trade, Megan and Chris met in Alice Springs, started working on a cattle station together and discovered a mutual fascination for camels.

The Williamses currently have 10 stockists in Victoria and said that number was growing rapidly. “The demand is definitely there — a lot of smaller shops, like speciality grocers, market the product for us,” Mrs Williams said. She said camel milk was easier to digest and may also aid health issues, such as diabetes and stomach ulcers, by strengthening immunity. Mrs Williams said those with lactose intolerance or other allergies made up a large part of the consumer market. Their farm is home to more than 50 camels and some will be accompanying the Williamses at the expo, including camel calves — a sure-fire way to keep children amused.

“We both wanted to start farming our own niche product,” Mr Williams said. “Megan did a lot of research and found camel milk had a lot of benefits and there was a huge global demand.” They produce around 450 litres of milk a week (sometimes up to 6 litres/camel/day). The couple has also used camel’s milk to make soap, lip balm and other body care products and has plans to expand into the cheese market. Visitors can watch how camel’s milk is used in a cooking demonstration in the Farmgate and Food Garden Food Court. To find out more, visit www. camelmilkvictoria.com.au and visit the Williamses (and their camels) in the Cattle Yards at site one.

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A different kind of wool Long-time exhibitor at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, the Strong Wool Sheep Breeders Association is back for another year. Strong Wool Sheep Breeders Association has exhibited at the expo since its inception and one of its members, Jason O’Loghlin, said visitors have always been inquisitive about the different breeds. “It’s amazing the questions that we get from people,” Mr O’Loghlin said. “On Saturday and Sunday you get a huge scope of people and some of the comments are really interesting. “Most people think of Merino wool when they think of a sheep because they don’t know other breeds.” Among the breeds included at this year’s display will be Border Leicester, English Leicester, Lincoln, Perendale, Polwarth, Bond and Wiltshire Horn sheep. “Most breeds involved are older British breeds … the breeds are all very different, unique in their own way.” Strong wool breeds are commonly used for the creation of carpets and various harsher fabrics. Mr O’Loghlin said the expo was an







  

opportunity for people to see the sheep in their pure bred form, and after significant changes in trends in the commercial industry, it gave people the chance to consider alternative options for breeding livestock. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to promote studs and breeds … it’s such a highly visited expo.” While the internet provides extensive information, talking one-on-one with sheep breeders and seeing the animals was a much more valuable experience, Mr O’Loghlin said. “To talk to breeders and see live sheep in a display is incomparable. “The breeders are willing to talk and discuss things about sheep and their individual characteristics and why people should have them or keep them … they have a lot of knowledge and expertise.” Visit the Strong Wool Sheep Breeders Association in the Strong Wool Sheep Shed at the Seymour expo.

Leicester sheep will be among the many breeds of sheep at the Seymour expo with the Strong Wool Sheep Breeders Association.

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Entertainment for everyone Originality is a key at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo’s entertainment program and visitors are sure to be amused and intrigued by the unique possibilities at various exhibits. Crafty hands can be inspired by a display of traditional wooden rocking horses, discover how to construct a tiny house or watch in awe as the highly skilled international chainsaw carvers

create some incredible sculptures. Animal lovers can enjoy Darryl’s Animal Farm or seek some thrills by getting up close to snakes and lizards at Allan Burnett’s reptile display. Visitors can also kick back around the oak tree in Food Court One and enjoy the unique rhythm and diddly bows of two-person band, Ebb n Flow, back by popular demand. There is something to interest the whole family around every corner at the expo.

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Jeff Boland runs his own meat-share business from his stud in Clunes.

Breeding the good meat Visit the Crafty Corner to take home a creative keepsake from the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

A corner to get crafty happy to come along in the hope that we will make one fantastic sale. “We’re all market people, not business people. It’s personal — most of the stallholders make their own products.” Crafty Corner organiser Anne Daniel said there was something Crafty Corner stalls include: exciting available from each of the Buttons n More arts and craft stalls. Close to my Heart Scrapbooking “Basically every stall is hand Colleen’s Crafts designed and handmade; there’s Egg Delights no commercial stuff at all,” she said. Hendy Haye Craft She said stall holders enjoyed coming to Seymour Alternative Lavender Passion Farming Expo to show their Machine Knitting products. Market Place Crafts “We like to go because it is Mulberry Lane Quilting and promotion, and you never know Crafts what the next person is going to Crafty Corner is in the Craft Pavilion buy,” she said. near the main oval. “It is fun; we all love it, we’re all

Accessories, wool, soaps and candles are just a few of the items available at this year’s Crafty Corner.

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Claremont Red Angus stud owners Jeff and Sue Boland have been attending the Seymour expo for nearly 20 years.

“It’s mainly for the home freezer trade and we’ve been doing that for about 20 years,” Mr Boland said.

“We’ve got about 60 regular clients who buy The Bolands, who breed and sell Red meat packs off us.” Angus cattle on their stud in Clunes, run Mr Boland said he does most of the work about 50 breeders on 101 ha. himself, including the feeding, week-long “Temperament and structure is our main hanging and transport. priority,” Mr Boland said. “I only take one or two over to Hardwicks The stud’s cattle are from all over the in Kyneton, they’re killed over there, then country, and have been improved with some transferred to my butcher in Ballarat and I international assistance. deliver them myself.” “We’ve bought cattle from Queensland, Mr Boland has his own freezer van and NSW, South Australia, Victoria and Western normally delivers his meat to his customers, Australia,” Mr Boland said. but said it wasn’t uncommon to receive a “We’ve imported a lot of semen from overseas, group order from Melbourne every now and from Canada mostly.” then. The stud’s cattle are available for inspection “We get Melbourne people come up and I and purchase at an on-farm sale the couple has meet them at a certain point, and they just planned for the first week of October, which bring their eskies up and I just transfer the runs in conjunction with Bootehill Red Angus meat to them,” he said. from Drouin. Meat pack orders will be available from Mr As well as being dedicated Red Angus breeders, and Mrs Boland at the Seymour Alternative Mr Boland runs his own meat trade business, Farming Expo in the Cattle Pavilion. which services families in the Clunes area.


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Produce fresh from the farm The Seymour expo’s Farmers’ Market is bursting at the seams with fresh and local produce. Visit the market to take home ingredients to whip up a dish seen in the Country Kitchen, or some tea to unwind after a great weekend exploring the expo. Other stalls of interest within the Farmers’ Market precinct include Beauty in a Bottle, Perry Lemon Myrtle, Iris, Seven Hill Tallarook, Lavender Farm, Beavo Honey, Australian Tea House, Traditional Massage, Ned Kelly Red, Kiddie Kutter, Kensall Wines and BM Animals.

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Harnessing up some heavy horse power Before there were tractors, utes and technology to rely on, draught horses helped farmers work the land. Heritage Draught Horses treasurer Brian Pinches and members of the club will have about 12 draught horses at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. The club will be on the back oval during the three-day event demonstrating above-ground work with Clydesdale and Clydesdale-cross horses. “We’re going to be doing above-ground work like super spreading, raking of hay, using sleds — like a farm ute type of thing so you can carry your hay around — things people can do on their farm,” Mr Pinches said. The club has about 35 members and 40 horses, and members will be available to answer questions about the horses and their heritage during the presentations. “The main reason we do it is to keep the heritage alive,” Mr Pinches said. “You’ve got a museum where you can see a plough, but you don’t know how it works. “Our main thing is to show people how to use their horses and how to use them on a farm.” Mr Pinches said when raising draught

horses, they had to be handled from the day they were born. Although they do not actually start heavy work until they are four years old. He said the horses don’t mature until they are at least six years old and he said he was still working on his 22-year-old horse. “The more you use them, the better they become,” Mr Pinches said.

Brian Pinches using a drop spreader in the paddock.

“If you don’t use them a lot then they don’t respond as well.” Mr Pinches said people liked to come up and have contact with the horses at events like Seymour expo. “They’re a lot more docile, they’re bigger — they weight between 800 and 1000 kilos,” he said. Mr Pinches, who began training draught horses 16 years ago, currently uses three draught horses on his farm. “I got into it through a friend,” Mr Pinches said. “Once you get the bug you go from one to two to three, it’s sort of addictive. “We actually use them for what they’re bred for.”

Brian Pinches from Traralgon using Harvey and Blue to harrow the paddock.

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Traditional craft on show Artisan Olivia O’Connor will demonstrate the intricate skill of using traditional tools to create bespoke wooden rocking horses at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. This is the first time Ms O’Connor has attended the event and she will be on-site for the three days to take orders for new rocking horses, discuss restorations and sell her small wooden toys. She enjoys attending events and showing visitors the traditional hand tools that she uses as well as demonstrating the carving process.

“It is really nice to let people realise that there are still many people out there practising and making a living from traditional crafts.” Olivia O’Connor The Gippsland-based artist developed her love for natural materials such as leather and timber from her formative years growing up

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It’s very hard to get a free lunch in the beef industry, which is why smart producers are taking notice of the benefits that come from crossbreeding with Brahmans. Recent research has shown that crossbreeding with Brahmans can boost production by between 20 and 40 per cent, depending on nutritional and stress levels. The adaptable and high performing breed can also improve lowly-heritable traits such as fertility, milking ability and longevity, putting more profits into producers’ pockets. While Brahmans are well known for their drought tolerance, exceptional foraging ability and good feed conversion, the breed can also demonstrate meat yield and eating quality attributes. Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association southern branch chairman George Merceica said Brahmans had continued to perform well in taste test competitions in 2015. After taking out the Clermont Cattlemen’s Taste Test in 2014, the breed followed up in 2015 by winning the Brisbane Royal Show 70-day grain-fed taste test competition. The association is embracing the latest

advances in genetic mapping — or genomics — to give Australian producers a jump start in selecting for profitable beef traits. The ongoing Beef Information Nucleus Project is improving the scope and accuracy of Breedplan EBVs through advances in genomics and more comprehensive collection and analysis of phenotypic data. The project is evaluating the performance of 70 Brahman sires, including six Beef CRC sires, and their expected progeny of 833 steers and 949 heifers over three years of breeding. Association general manager John Croaker said the association’s stud breeders were quick to embrace the opportunity to record financially significant traits for growth, fertility and carcase qualities. “Of the 2014 calves recorded to date, 57 per cent have at least one weight trait recorded,” Mr Croaker said. “There is also an increasing trend to record other performance traits. “Of these 2014 calves, 26 per cent have scrotal circumference records and 16 per cent of males and 13 per cent of females have carcase scan data.” Visit the Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association at Cattle Yards - 5.


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Local flavours on show After a successful debut at the 2015 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, chef Adrian Hensley is returning this year to whip up some delicious dishes using fresh Victorian ingredients. He will cook up a storm in the Country Kitchen with meat cuts provided by butcher Bob Dewar, who will be demonstrating how to break down carcases and prepare traditional and alternative meat cuts.

He said he always tried to incorporate Victorian produce into his cooking.

Mr Hensley said he was happy to come back to this year’s expo and said last year was a really good experience.

Mr Hensley, who has worked with alternative meats including kangaroo and rabbit, said he was eager to cook with different meat this year.

“Last year was something I hadn’t done before,� he said. “It was really enjoyable to get among the crowd. “The highlight for me was doing the cook-off, which was an absolute blast, and working with Bob was really good to milk his knowledge.�

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Karen Sutherland will discuss the uses of many different Australian plants, including native pepper.

Karen Sutherland from Edible Eden Design hopes to educate people about the many uses of native Australian plants.

Growing native plants to eat An educational display run by Karen Sutherland of Edible Eden Design will detail the uses and benefits of Australian bush foods and herbs. Ms Sutherland will also teach people how to grow their own edible gardens and home farms incorporating native plants. “We live in this country so it just seems strange to ignore the plants that grow here naturally, it seems ignorant,” Ms Sutherland said. “They’re an addition to food and

can be used medicinally too; they have fragrance and flavours that you absolutely cannot get from other plants.” Ms Sutherland compared the knowledge surrounding these native plants to the introduction of tomatoes to Australia, when they were sold as fruit and consumed with sugar.

“Every person in Australia would know how to use a tomato now,” she said. Ms Sutherland said the knowledge about the use of native plants was limited, so it was her goal to open people’s eyes about the plants’ many uses. “Native plants in terms of food are just not known about. “I’m trying to give people inspiration to think ‘I could grow that as a little crop’,” she said.

During talks and workshops throughout the day, Ms Sutherland will cover different topics surrounding the native plants, providing a point of difference for people who want to come to more than one session. Her topics will include the use of plants such as old man saltbush, lemon myrtle, cinnamon myrtle and native pepper in medicine, tea and cooking. She will also provide examples

of the plants at different stages of preparation, including fresh, dried and browned leaves, and will have a range of plants in pots for audiences to get an idea about how they grow. In between each session, Ms Sutherland said she was available to talk to about these plants and the potential for them. Visit Edible Eden Design in Food Court Two, Farm Gate to Food Garden.

Bob the butcher is back Not only does he have 53 years’ experience as a butcher, Bob Dewar has been head of the Butcher Shop exhibit at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo for the past 24 years and he is back this year. Mr Dewar, also known as ‘Bob the Butcher’, has experience in smallgoods sales right through to abattoir work. “I’ve gathered a lot of knowledge from a number of years — it’s nice to pass it on to others,” Mr Dewar said. Sausage making will be a special feature of Mr Dewar’s demonstrations and he

will explore preparing family favourites such as lamb, beef, pork, chicken and fish sausages as well as using unconventional meats like rabbit. While he described the demonstration as an “opportunity for an education on meat”, vegetarians can still acquire useful tips because Mr Dewar will also be demonstrating creative ways to cook with mushrooms. He will also explain how to break down carcases. Economic cooking will be the main message of his demonstration and Mr Dewar said he wanted to teach people how to get the most out of their meat,

what to look for when purchasing and the “That’s what I get out of the expos — the best substitutes. fact that we are able to teach these things.” “Meat is dear now and we can’t be as choosy as we used to be. We can’t have Trends are constant in the food world but steak every night so we have to get more at the moment, Mr Dewar is most excited innovative. about the resurgence of traditional methods such as cooking with boutique “We should be cooking more meat sauces beers. and lesser cuts of meat like lamb shanks and osso buco. “Our cooking methods have come full circle so while it seems to be the new “Bones should be boiled up to make a vogue thing to do for the younger standard stock to make our own soups,” generations, it’s only what their he said. grandmothers and great grandmothers Mr Dewar said the biggest flaw in the industry was the lack of education on how did.” Find Bob in his Butcher Shop located in to cook cheaper cuts of meat properly and how to use excess bits and trimmings. Food Court Two.

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Harnessing solar energy in a battery Recent developments in solar battery technology are changing the way homes and businesses use their energy. With solar power a popular investment, homeowners and businesses can now take their investment one step further by utilising the latest in battery technology and other efficiency upgrades. “Traditionally through a solar panel system, power generation peaks around midday and what is not used at this time is automatically sold back to the grid at a low cost, whilst power usage often peaks at night where you are purchasing power from the grid at maximum cost,” EnviroShop founder and director Mick Harris said. “Through the use of battery technology and off-grid solutions you can harness the

power generated at peak times in a battery for use whenever you choose. “By taking control of your energy, you can increase your independence from energy suppliers, become immune to power outages and have ultimate control over your own power bill.

This 355kW solar power system engineered by EnviroShop for Burder Industries, Wangaratta was awarded the 2015 Clean Energy Council’s Solar Design and Installation Award.

“Solar and solar battery storage is a smart investment but it is also a big one,” Mr Harris said. “We strongly advise people looking to do their research and seek out advice from reputable companies who have proven experience in the industry.” Seymour Alternative Farming Expo visitors can add to their research through participating

in a free seminar program where EnviroShop will be presenting two seminar topics: ‘Solar for Beginners’ and ‘A Guide to Battery Storage’. The latter will include overviews of the highly anticipated Tesla Powerwall home battery system and the Enphase AC Battery.

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Expo site listings Company Live Events Live Events Lizard Moleskin Jeans Luanda Datavac (Volta by Electrolux) Lucas Mill Pty Ltd Lucindale Engineering Magnum Welders Maine Park Maladorn Farm Mansfield Tools Marianne Bunning Framing Market Place Crafts Mayfield Poll Highlands McGrath Fine Foods Mega Cheap Hardware Merribrook Dorpers & White Dorpers Metalscape Middendorp Electric Co Mitchell Shire Council Mohair Australia Ltd Morris Outside Enterprise P/L Mr Pure Water MSTAR Desserts (Aus) “Colombo” Murray River Books Murray Valley Marine NAB Agribusiness Native Seeds Pty Ltd Natural Wonders Australia NBF – Nuts Bout Fruit Neil Beer Newstyle Direct P/L Niagra Therapy Norm’s Crystals North East Ag & Industrial North East Murray Grey Breed Association North Solar Norton Gates Pty Ltd Now That’s A Knife Nutrisoil Liquid Fertilizer O.P.S. Country Tanks Off-Grid Energy Australia OJ2 gO Old Tyabb Cordial Company Olivia O’Conner On The Go Safety Organised Chaos Designs Oz Pig Pty Ltd Ozatts Ozmist Misting Systems Pty Ltd Ozway Small Engines P.D.H Mapping Paarhammer Windows Pachinko Hats Pakozi Pty Ltd Para Park Co-Operative Game Reserve Ltd Pat Kearins Pty Ltd Penfold Home Improvements Perry’s Lemon Myrtrle Rainforest Products Peter E English Peter Hodge Camel Hire Phoenix Trading Pimp Your Pram Pioneer Water Tanks Planchet Post ‘N’ Rail Power Hound Australia Powershop

Site C13 EB 77 + EB 78 T37A EB59 E18 C43 + C44 E54 Cattle Pavilion B79 C21 C37 Craft Pavilion Cattle Pavilion L21 B85 + B93 B79 T40 + T43 C6 GI 1 + GI 3 AZ 5 EB5 + EB6 C10 T37 (Kids Zone) L55 T14 B122 AZ 9 Craft Pavilion FC 2B L67 C16 + C23 GI 21 E48 B81 Cattle Yard 2 T26 E20 + E21 C40 + C41 E30 E23 EB 68 + EB69 FC 3A T35A (Kids Zone) E35 L56 T42 E49 + E50 E17 E27 + E28 L29 + L30 EB 45 T38 + T41 L24 C14 C42 L60 + L61 C34 L47 + L48 Strong Wool Sheep Shed T44 EB12 Craft Pavilion B3 L25 T49 L58 + L59 (bottom) C9

PregRite Genetics Prickly Moss Beer Pure Indulgence Quay’s Outdoor Catering Services Quik Corp (greenPRO) Radtke Catering Raine Marketing Rat Barrow Rat Zapper Victoria Ravenswood British White Cattle Rawleighs Healthcare Recharge Battery Revitalizer Red Gum Farm Rustic Furniture Red River Stockyards Redback Storage Systems Regional Roof Restoration Reptile Display Revitalife Rhino Water Tanks Richard Renato Service Ride On Mower Sales Riverina Poly Riverina Scooters and Mobility Riversdale Irises Robert Paynter – Super Stim Robin & Pat Evans Robinvale Estate Romsey Engineeering Ross Draper – Red Cactus Red Poll RPM Australia – Pacific Pty Ltd Rural Product Marketing Rural Tanks & Garden Beds Salami Shack Schnitzel Republic Seasol International P/L Seven Creeks Pearls Seven Hills Tallarook Seymour Ag Supplies Seymour FM 103.9 Seymour Fodder Solutions Seymour Football Netball Club Seymour Mowers & Motor Bikes Seymour Police Seymour Poultry Club Inc. Seymour Rural Equipment P/L Seymour Scout Group Seymour Truck & Auto PRO ShedBoss Bendigo Shepparton Haeuslers Shepparton Mowers and Marine Shepparton Renault Showdem Promotions Sierra Products P/L Signs Stickers & Graphics Skin Detox Snedden’s Fencing Products Soaporders.com.au Solar Dynamics Pty Ltd Solar on Electrical Solartronics Gate Controllers Sota Tractors Pty Ltd Southern Branch of Aust Brahman Breeders Southern Rangers Handmade Soap Southern Region Dorper Society of Australia Sproutwell Greenhouses St Mary’s College Seymour St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

B24A FC 1F L28 C19 B9 FC 3B EB 36 B103 T74 Cattle Pavilion C18 C12 B83 T75–T79 EB55 + EB56 C24 E47 EB 43 + 44 T69 + T70 L52 + L53 T63 + T64 L65 T9 + T10 and T11 L45 + L46 EB 13 EB 14 + EB15 EB 53 B24 Cattle Pavilion L2–L4 B80 E53 EB 24 FC 3D E10 Craft Pavilion L44 B21 + B22 C32 B75 C54 T32 + T33 EB 46 Poultry Shed B74 L27 T51 EB66 + EB67 T2 T21 + T22 T1 EB 8 B94 C35 EB30 T66 (top) GI 11 + 14 C2 EB42 C27 L5–L7 Cattle Yards – 5 Craft Pavilion Strong Wool Sheep Shed E29 L30 A EB 37

Step Forward Orthotics Steph Ryan MP Stihl Shop Seymour Strong Wool Breeders Assoc Ltd Sun Power Auto Gates Sunergy Solar Water Wind Sunstream Pumps Super Axe Super Tools Swagman Tours Swenrick Construction (Vic) P/L Swim Inn Pool Shop Pty Ltd T & F Imports Taig Bros Tallarook Rural Supplies Taylex Industries Pty Ltd TCK Solar Pty Ltd Telstra Country Wide The Belt Man The Cajun Kitchen Pty Ltd The Fudge Factory The Green Power Company The Pain Man The Strawberries & Pancakes Van The Wicked Spud Three Beans Coffee & Catering Timboon Fine Ice Cream Tiny Houses and Trucks Tow and Farm Tractor World (Australia) Pty Ltd Traditional Chinese Massage Traditional Lemonade Stand Tree Project Tri Nature Triffid Park True Blue Puncture Goo Twins Pantry Twist Potato Ultimate Hayfeeder Ultimate Solar Ultra Bond Vaughan Irrigators Victorian Pumps Victorian Workcover Authority Vin Rowe Farm Machinery Violet Town Rural Vision Mart Vitec Australia Pty Ltd. Wanamara Farm Warratina Lavender Farm Waterstore Poly Tanks Weed Gunnel Weedwakka Pty Ltd Weekly Times Westbury Gates Willems Woodwork William Adams Windsor Park Country Flavour Wobble-Tee Wodonga Institute of TAFE Wood Wizz Machinery Woodshield WP Pumps Yarra Glen Mower & Tractor Centre Yarralea Limousins YPM Tools Australia Zawehdee

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Choose leather for comfort Danish-designed Duckfeet shoes are handmade from premium Scandinavian-sourced leather using environmentally friendly methods. This year the business is celebrating its 40th anniversary of producing quality footwear and will have products available at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Duckfeet hand-make its long-lasting, durable footwear from strong leather

and crepe rubber soles; natural materials which stand the test of time and offer comfort.

allows feet to relax, splay and breathe leading to a contented foot and overall body wellness.

Crepe rubber is shock absorbent and supportive, while leather provides a strong boot that allows feet to breathe.

The use of natural materials also means that the shoe is ‘foot formed’, meaning the shoe will mould to the shape of your foot.

Danish manufacturers design shoes with the end product in mind; the process starts with drawing around the foot. The result is a naturally wider fit that

Men and women alike are drawn to the unisex design of Duckfeet shoes. Duckfeet Australia has imported Danish

Duckfeet shoes for six years, resulting in customers from all walks of life who share two things, their loyalty for and love of Duckfeet shoes. Free postage throughout Australia is offered, which allows customers to try the shoes in the comfort of their own home. Duckfeet Australia looks forward to introducing you to its quality, comfortable and sustainably produced footwear at the Seymour expo at sites EB28 and EB29.

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Pumps for every application From small household pressure pumps to large diesel engines for irrigation applications, Kyabram-based W&P Pumps and Dairy Services can supply exactly what you need. The business will have a selection of pumps and irrigation bay outlets on display at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Sales representative Geoff Cronyn said the firm’s areas of expertise were extensive and included irrigation and pressure pumps and pipe work and variable speed drives for feed systems. Complementary services such as automation, fabrication and machining, mechanical support for tractors and hydraulics and planning and installation of irrigation pipe-and-riser systems, were well regarded by the business’ client base in the Goulburn Valley and southern Riverina. Mr Cronyn said after-sales service was an important element of W&P Pumps and Dairy Services’ workload with a

Pumps and irrigation outlets can be inspected at the W&P Pumps and Dairy Services’ site. wide selection of parts held in stock to efficiently get pumps and engines working again in the event of a breakdown.

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He said a selection of DAB and Koshin pumps would be on display at Seymour, along with solar-powered pumps, which are ideal for people living off-the-

grid or for property owners with pumps in remote locations.

tailor a package to suit their requirements.

Staff will be available to discuss customers’ individual needs and

See W&P Pumps and Dairy Services at site L65.


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Building sheds for your needs All of Eureka Garages and Sheds’ products carry an unconditional guarantee against any faulty workmanship or materials and are manufactured at its West Sunshine plant incorporating the latest technology and equipment.

Eureka Garages and Sheds has been servicing the industry for more than 20 years.

Because it is the manufacturer of most components in its structures, Eureka Garages can offer competitive prices. The business specialises in building sheds to suit its clients’ specific needs. For example, if you need a barn with a mezzanine floor and bay sizes to suit stables, Eureka Garages will design and custom build your barn to suit. All of its structures are built using high tensile steel for a stronger, more durable building. It has been servicing the industry for more than 20 years and is well aware of what the industry requires and has developed its buildings to suit. The buildings are recommended for their design, strength and ease of construction. Eureka Garages and Sheds’ farm sheds include custom orders and complete precision and made kits for easy and economical do-it-yourself erection.

Engineer’s drawings, building certificate, plus a complete construction manual are included. If you wish, all designs or buildings can be fully erected for you, quickly and efficiently to the highest professional standards. The business guarantees prompt delivery throughout the Melbourne and metropolitan area and can organise freight on your behalf for country and interstate deliveries. It invites you to take advantage of its expertise in the manufacture and supply of steel garages which include first class customer service. Eureka Garages roll-forms most garage materials itself, so by purchasing a Eureka product the middle man is eliminated and the savings are passed on to the customer. Visit the Eureka Garage display at site number T40a and T43a at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Metalscape can customise property signs to suit a customer’s individual needs.

Brighten up your farm or garden with some metal art Visitors to Seymour Alternative Farming Expo can hire mobility scooters to tour the venue.

Scooters help patrons see expo in style Riverina Scooters and Mobility will return to Seymour Alternative Farming Expo offering patrons a comfortable way of seeing all the expo has to offer. The business operates one of the largest speciality showrooms of mobility equipment and aids in Australia, at Wagga Wagga, NSW, and offers mobility scooter hire at major field days across the eastern states. Director Gordon Moore said the modern fleet of well maintained single and double seat mobility scooters allowed visitors to access the expo with relative ease. He said the staff gained great satisfaction from helping people to get around various events and always received positive feedback.

The entire fleet of Riverina Scooters and Mobility’s hire scooters are all larger four wheelers with powerful four pole motors and large capacity batteries, ensuring reliable operation. Those intending to utilise scooters for the expo can see the range available for hire at www.riverinascooters.com.au Single seat scooters are $60 for the day and double seaters are $100. A limited number of double seaters with canopy and windscreen are also available for hire. Bookings can be made online at www.riverinascooters.com.au Payment can be made online, which makes scooter pick-up faster on the day, or payment can be made on pick-up at expo sites T9, T10 and T11. For general inquiries, phone Gordon Moore on 0428 694 335.

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Farm gates and gardens look complete with a piece of Gavin and Naona Stewart’s exquisite metal art. Located in the Blue Mountains the pair works together designing and constructing custom-made metal artwork. Mr Stewart has a life-long connection with metal, working in various forms from industrial applications through to the creative arts and Mrs Stewart relishes creating distinctive original designs that are both personal and resonant for her customers. “We love working in metal because it’s a natural element which is strong and durable and we enjoy creating distinctive styles which enhance our customers’ living spaces — always with an eye for detail and a quality finish,” Mr Stewart said. Customers aren’t limited in choice at Metalscape, with Mr and Mrs Stewart able to produce commercial signs and decorative elements, internal and external signs, company logos, signs incorporated into gates and fences, reflective backing

for night visibility, classic and traditional styles and contemporary designs. “In addition, we offer a choice of finishes, powder coated, rust, corten or stainless steel, and these are available in a variety of material thicknesses to suit your specific requirements,” Mr Stewart said. As part of its range of artwork, Metalscape manufactures garden metal art and custom property signs. Metal designs of pet animals, birds and plants can be purchased to adorn gardens, while custom-designed property signs can be hung on gates and fencing. “Our Gardenscape range, incorporating animal, floral, tree and custom designs, works superbly in such settings as flower and nature beds, grassed areas, garden pathways, and as unique design enhancements for water features, gazebos and swimming pool areas,” Mr Stewart said. Metalscape will be at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo with a range of designs on display at site numbers T40 and T43.


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Looking after solar needs This year will be the year solar plus battery storage becomes truly viable, according to a 20-year veteran of the solar power industry. Sunergy Solar managing director Tony Smith said more and more people were turning to batteries to store their solar power, rather than see it exported for “next to nothing”. “For people in regional areas, battery storage can also provide back-up power in the event the grid fails, and some solutions provide a road map to full offgrid living,” Mr Smith said. “Tree changers are flocking to regional Victoria — buying weekenders or bush retreats and setting up agricultural enterprises. “Many rural properties don’t have access to mains power, leaving them reliant on generators or without electricity altogether,” he said. “For these properties, Sunergy can design and install an efficient and reliable stand-alone power system. These systems deliver clean green power for free from the sun and wind.

“If you’ve purchased a property with an existing off-grid system, we also offer upgrade services.” Sunergy Solar is attending the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to provide the latest information on everything solar, including solar plus batteries. “Whether it’s grid-connected solar, off-grid solar, solar plus batteries, solar pumps or solar gates — there are endless opportunities to run a property using renewable energy,” Mr Smith said. “We even offer an award winning reverse osmosis water desalination system, which can run direct from solar, or be hooked up to the mains. “At Sunergy we tailor our renewable energy solutions to suit individual needs. “We don’t believe in a one-sizefits-all approach because so many variables determine the needs of each business, farm or residence.” To find out more, call 1300 463 347, email info@sunergysolar.com.au or visit Sunergy at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo at site T31 for show specials on solar, storage, hot water and off-grid solutions.

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Wood fires expected to be popular Fill your house with the ambience of crackling wood and glowing embers this winter with Jetmaster Heat and Glo’s range of wood fires. The company, which has been operating in Australia for about 35 years, offers a wide variety of gas and wood heaters to suit the needs of any household. Sales director Ashley Stride said he expected the company’s wood fires to be most popular among regional consumers at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. “If they’re off-the-grid, no availability of gas they (wood fires) are certainly the cheaper way to heat the home,” he said. During its fourth year visiting the expo, Jetmaster Heat and Glo will have staff on hand to assist consumers with their search for the perfect wood

heater to suit their needs. Mr Stride said the business would have about 15 models of wood fires from its three wood fire brands on display during the expo. “Being the most efficient fireplace on the market means you burn less wood and heat more area,” he said. “If you live on a farm and you’re chopping wood, it means you’re attending to the fire less. “It’s good for your hip-pocket but it is good for the environment because there’s less smoke and you’re burning less fuel.” Mr Stride said the business strived to achieve the best warranty and the most efficient

Get the embers glowing this winter with a wood fire from Jetmaster Heat and Glo. product on the market with its clean-burning fireplaces. The business stocks three brands of wood fires from the largest fireplace companies in the world.

Mr Stride said the business had taken on knowledge and expertise from the brands it sells, including Kemlan, which has range of modern Australian-

made wood fires. To get your house winter ready visit the Jetmaster Heat and Glo team at site number C53 at the Seymour expo.

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Tractors 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 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

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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-till 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

their catchment area. John Sanderson Machinery was founded by John and Margaret Sanderson in 1989. Their son Damian now operates the business and Damian’s son Josh is also part of the team. Damian Sanderson said the Nagambie operation had a fully-functional workshop, well stocked spare parts division and four mobile service units to ensure clients’ machinery breakdowns or service requirements were quickly and efficiently dealt with. He said the business was proud of its reputation for backing up sales with allimportant after-sales service. John Sanderson Machinery will be at expo sites B10 to B14.

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Create a classic entrance Create a rustic timber-look entrance to your property without the maintenance issues by installing a concrete fence manufactured by Post ‘N’ Rail. The decade-old business is based near Echuca and will have a selection of its products on display at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Owners Steve and Melinda Jones originally constructed retaining walls with replica-timber concrete sleepers and turned their focus to fences following requests from clients. Post ‘N’ Rail builds single, double and triple rail fences in seven different timber colours, including ironbark, red gum, ash, walnut, cedar, willow and snow gum.

“Our fences give the timber look without the timber problems,” Steve Jones. He said the fences so closely

resembled timber structures many people were surprised to learn they were concrete. The dark coloured wood grain finishes are protected with a sealer to retain the colour, while the lighter coloured fences tended to age naturally to give an authentic weathered appearance. Mr Jones said the fences wouldn’t split or rot, were termite resistant and were suitable for use in fireprone areas. Post ‘N’ Rail offers an installation service but also supplies the durable reinforced concrete fencing materials to property and home owners wishing to undertake do-it-yourself projects. Visitors to the expo will be able to see a selection of fences in all colour options, obtain information and quotes and speak to the business representatives. Post ‘N’ Rail will be at site T49.

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Lightweight homes built for you Flexibility is the key for familyowned lightweight home construction specialist Swenrick Constructions. The weatherboard-style home builder operates out of Buxton but constructs its range of designs Australia-wide. Sales manager Rick Kulman said the business offered different levels of construction completion to fit with the needs of individual clients. “We can build to lock-up, we can go to advanced lock-up or we can go right through until the certificate 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 either using family members who have a trade qualification or project manager and sub-contract those people themselves,” Mr Kulman said.

“But the beauty of it is that we build it so that all the structural stuff has been dealt with so they’re moving into a house that is secure.” The flexibility 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 modifications 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 EB64 and EB65 to assist anyone considering building their new home.

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Back again After a good experience last year, William Adams Ag is back for its second Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Shepparton branch manager Bryan Cummins said the team at William Adams Ag enjoyed the 2015 expo and were looking forward to returning. “From our perspective, it’s our most enjoyable field day to be honest,” Mr Cummins said. “It’s more diverse — people come from such diverse backgrounds.” The display will include around 12 pieces of gear including tractors, implements and ride-on mowers, however Mr Cummins said there would be a larger range of items for hobby farmers on display this year, such as the 25–80 hp tractors. “We found that anything with 80 hp down had the bulk of interest last year.” William Adams Ag sells tractors, ride-on mowers and implements for small and large scale farmers and provides servicing in-house and on-site. “On-site servicing is good for the smaller guys who don’t have the tractors or equipment to come out to us. “We go wherever we need to — we cover Victoria with our network.” Visit the William Adams Ag team at the Seymour expo at sites B65 and B66.

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Being able to discuss your stock handling needs with like-minded farmers who know their stuff is an advantage when it comes to researching sheep and cattle handling equipment. Wayne and Lynley Coffey of Combi Clamp each have 25 years farming experience on large sheep and beef properties and 15 years of promoting their own designed sheep handler, the ‘Combi Clamp’, to farmers throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK. With this experience they can teach techniques that make each job seem easier, get sheep to co-operate, and suggest where to set up the sheep handler for maximum flow. The newly introduced ground lowering Combi Trailer has proven to be a big success with farmers Australia wide. The ease of moving and setting up

the Combi Clamp sheep handler at any site is important to the modern day farmer or contractor who has large properties or multiple blocks. The shelter from the roof protects the operator from the elements and is a big hit with existing clients. One property owner said his staff refused to work with sheep without the Combi Clamp, hence a second ground lowering trailer has been ordered. Combi Clamp’s reputation for good reliable gear extends to cattle handling as well, with the Combi Clamp auto headbail. This headbail catches the animal by itself, and also resets automatically, ready to catch the next one as it follows through — this makes it perfect for one person operation as the animal does all the work. For more information see Wayne and Lynley at site B15 at the Seymour Expo or phone 0488 619 747.

See the world with Swagman Swagman Tours has been offering rural Australians a trip of a lifetime for the past 25 years with farming tours to a variety of interesting destinations worldwide, as well as throughout Australia. The purpose of these tours is to see iconic sights the destinations have to offer as well as getting off the beaten track. Usually in remote-rural areas, travellers will observe, meet with and learn how the locals undertake their agricultural pursuits, which are often very different to what we are used to in Australia. These tours contain a wellbalanced mix of sightseeing and farming, ensuring all passengers enjoy their experience. The itineraries also include technical visits to machinery and farm implement

manufacturers to see and learn about production of their equipment. Some of the big names include John Deere, Case IH, JCB, Massey Ferguson and New Holland. Other technical visits include wineries, field days, stock auctions, research institutions and agricultural shows. Visits to local farms, often family owned and operated, are also incorporated into the itinerary including dairy farms, indigenous sheep and cattle, large scale cropping enterprises and commercial beef feedlots. For 2016, Swagman has

scheduled farming tours to China, South Africa, Northern USA and Canada including the Calgary Stampede, the United Kingdom, Kimberley and Top End, the US coast to coast from San Francisco to New York, New Zealand’s north and south Islands, and due to its popularity in 2015, the West Australian Wheatfields and Wildflowers tour along the Nullarbor Plain is returning. Back by demand this year is Swagman’s camping tours to the Kimberley, Kakadu, the Red Centre and the Birdsville Races, the perfect opportunity for Australians to explore the sights in their own backyard. Swagman Tours encourages those who are interested to drop in and say hello at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo at site T19.

More than just pressure cleaners Cleaning equipment specialists, Lavorwash, sell more than just pressure cleaners.

One of Lavorwash’s clients cleaning his dairy with a Lavorwash pressure cleaner.

The Melbourne business also sells floor sweepers, floor scrubbers and vacuum cleaners as part of its range.

Hardware said the business enjoyed going to the expo and was looking forward to returning for its fourth year.

At the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo the business will focus on hobby farmers and expects its pressure cleaners to be the most popular item.

The Lavorwash team will have demonstrations of their pressure cleaners throughout the threeday event and will be offering a discount across their range of pressure cleaners.

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Mr Hardware said the company Hardware said he expected prided itself on its sturdy products. the company’s petrol pressure cleaners to be more popular “We have an excellent backthan the electric versions. up service, they’re made in Italy and we source the best “It’s the fact that you don’t need components to give longevity to electricity to run it, all you need the machine,” he said. is water as an input; you can run it off the back of a ute if you had “We have a range of domestic a water tank,” he said. pressure cleaners, everything up to the large industrial mining Get yourself a pressure washer machine.” to suit your needs by visiting Lavorwash at site B113 at the Of the two different powered pressure cleaners on offer, Mr Seymour Expo.


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Powering up off grid Home battery storage specialists Off-Grid Energy are keeping the world green and clean with their niche products. Off-Grid Energy is one of the only companies in Australia specialising in battery storage for homes, which they customise to the need of each client. “A lot of solar companies who do normal grid-connected solar will sometimes say that they do battery storage on the side, but we’re one of the only companies that specialise in battery storage because it’s a lot more complex,” customer service and marketing officer

Emily McMahon said. “Every one of our systems is tailored for the specific usage of the customer — every single system is different.” Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, which the business has been attending for the past five years, is one of the most successful and productive events it attends.

Off-Grid Energy will be at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to answer questions about their niche product range.

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“We’ll have consultants to chat about off- “I work out the amount of carbon each grid storage and what options there are,” installation costs and we offset that Ms McMahon said. through a tree plantation company,” “We’ll also have images of some inverters Ms McMahon said. and batteries so people can see what “We’re passionate about keeping the they look like; we’ll have a display of business as sustainable as possible; what installations we’ve done previously, being a sustainable business is a and we will probably also have a solar good and easy thing.” panel there.” Farmers and expo visitors are invited The company ensures they keep to bring their house or business plans themselves green and clean by working and questions to the Off-Grid energy with a reforestation organisation to display at sites EB 68 and EB 69 at the offset any carbon costs from product installation. Seymour expo.


New release tractor from Agri Boss Agri Boss has released a 90 hp (66 kW) specialist high clearance equal wheel tractor suitable for the vegetables, strawberry and related agricultural industries. Fitted with a four-cylinder direct injection 5.13 litre diesel engine and utilising Ricardo (UK) technology the tractor has a 24F/8R transmission with six ranges and provides for forward speeds from 0.2 km/hr ( 200m/hr) to 30.5 km/hr. The equal wheel technology and ultra low range transmission are a result of a technology transfer from a leading Italian tractor manufacturer and features design concepts well proven over many years. The overall dimensions are a compact 4250 x 1500x2680 mm and a ground clearance of a minimum 700 mm is afforded by the selection of 12.4 x 48 equal size tyres.

A number of options relating to hydraulic lift assist cylinders and remote ports are available and cabin heating and air conditioning is standard. In addition, Agri Boss can offer an Australian designed and manufactured 1.5 tonne capacity front fork lift attachment to suit the tractor with optional rotary bin tipper. The tractor is offered with a full five-year warranty and is competitively priced at $45 650 inc. GST ($41 500 +GST) Agri Boss believes this new model tractor will be well received by farmers in the competitive vegetable, strawberry and related industries

as it allows them to purchase a new, state-of-the-art, uniquely designed high clearance tractor with abundant horsepower for $20 000 to $30 000 less than other competitive brands. Agri Boss has worked hard with

its Chinese-based manufacturers over 11 years to provide a range of tractors worthy of an industry leading full five-year warranty. Contact Graham at Agri Boss on 0412 539 263 for further details and brochures.

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Systems for wastewater Fuji Clean, manufacturers of domestic wastewater treatment systems, will be at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. The Fuji Clean wastewater treatment system is a simple, highly developed single tank system designed to treat all household wastewater from the kitchen, bathroom, toilet and laundry areas of homes in non-sewered areas. The Fuji Clean wastewater treatment system was introduced for use in nonsewered areas in Australia in April 2010 and approved for sale in Victoria in November 2011. Fuji Clean said its aerated wastewater treatment system is the most advanced on the Australian market, delivering reliable and robust performance at

an affordable price. In its 50-year history, a large team of development scientists have refined the original Fuji Clean system to produce the compact system now available in Australia. The system uses both naturally occurring digestive processes with highly developed bacterial media and efficient sludge return that doesn’t rely on multiple components or less proven methods of treatment. More than two million systems are installed on several continents around the world. See Fuji Clean at expo site C4.

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Easy livestock handling with VTR Violet Town Rural has the solution to all livestock handling needs.

Violet Town Rural will display the Racewell sheep handler at Seymour.

From Racewell sheep handlers and auto drafters to make sheep handling a low-stress operation through to cattle crushes, ramps and horse yards, VTR can assist. Owner Jarrod Doidge said in the past few years the business had introduced sheep farmers in northern and eastern Victoria to a more stream lined management process with access to world leading stock handling technology. This technology has the capacity to manage and market sheep on their individual worth with complete ease and accuracy allowing farmers to make more informed breeding and selection decisions whilst monitoring individual management growth, nutrition, health and product quality.

VTR is the exclusive distributor of the Racewell sheep handler manufactured in New Zealand by Te Pari products. “This machine makes the job so much easier and more efficient for everything from weighing, drafting, crutching, drenching, administering vaccines and tagging stock,” Mr Doidge said. “The machine is easy to use and also easy on the sheep and we have found them to be incredibly reliable.” This high quality livestock handler can easily integrate with an EID reader,allowing fully automatic drafting by weight or EID, with data easily recorded, downloaded, and managed. The Racewell handler can even talk wirelessly to the Te Pari auto drench gun and deliver the exact dose every time to every sheep based on the individual animal’s weight.

The handler has adjustable sensors that catch the stock in the preferred position depending on animal size and task. VTR will showcase its new and exclusive range of sheep and cattle yards at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, including sheep yards, V-drafts, curved races and sheep loading ramps along with cattle yards including three new models of cattle crush and a new force tub, panels and gates as well as a new ramp with the option of an added side walk. All these products are Australian made using Australian steel to provide consistency of quality and strength, which Mr Doidge said made them superior to some imported products. See the Violet Town Rural team at site B55–58 and B61–64 and keep an eye out for the new web site vtr.net.au

Automatic gates for all needs Australian-made Sun-Power auto gates are supporting Australian jobs. Martin Ryan of Sun-Power auto gates said the products were strong, tough and reliable, making them the right product for properties Australia-wide including rural properties, transport depots, private homes, horse, cattle and alpaca studs, dairy farms, vineyards and warehouses. Sun-Power Australian Made XP and XP-R auto-gate operators are available in solar or 240 volt kits. The gates have powerful 12

volt motors with 100 per cent duty cycle and feature zinc plated steel chassis and gears. The Sun-Power auto gate DIY kits include a gate operator, an inbuilt logic controller, arm assembly and gate bracket, battery, radio, receiver and antenna, three remote controls, a 12 watt solar panel and bracket or 240 volt transformer. A free bonus offer for every kit valued at $400 or more includes two extra remote controls, bringing the total up to five, two wireless key pads or one wireless push button, steel mounting plates — one with the single kit and two with the double kit.

Mr Ryan said buying an auto-gate opener was similar to buying a car; you should compare the various models in reasonable detail to make an informed decision. Some of the factors buyers should consider include whether the product is Australian made, the quality of equipment, performance and reliability, competitive price, technical support, spare parts availability, detailed manual, and after-sales service. Visit Sun-Power auto gates at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo at sites B44 and B45.

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Help for hobby farmers Family-owned business FarmTech will cater for hobby farmers at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

FarmTech’s Brad Modra said the display would cater for smaller hobby farms.

FarmTech has attended the Seymour expo for the past 10 years and Mr Modra said while the event was aimed at smaller hobby farmers, he was noticing a rise in the number of full-time and professional farmers attending.

FarmTech sales and finance manager Brad Modra said the company, which had manufactured its “Real farmers are starting to go, it definitely works products in Wodonga since 1975, specialised in out well for us,” he said. gear for the livestock industry including tillage, Despite this growing trend, Mr Modra said feeding, feed-mixing and spreading equipment, FarmTech would still focus on showing its smaller forage harvesters and bale-wrapping equipment. machinery for hobby farmers who attend the expo. “We cover a wide-range of gear, everything from sowing to feed out,” Mr Modra said. “It’s very important to our business to get our equipment out at these events and meet with “At Seymour, we will be focusing more on our tillage and feeding and small spreading equipment. people,” he said. Visit FarmTech at site L66 to see its range of “We will have a wide range of pasture aeration and renovation equipment.” farming equipment.

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A machine made by Metalform Tow and Farm has the ability to reduce a farmer’s urea usage by up to 45 per cent. Tow and Farm’s Australian sales manager Neil Parker said the Tow and Fert machine came in three sizes, from 1000 litres up to 4000 litres and reduced the amount of urea used by administering it as a liquid. “It also has the ability to put out fine products like lime,” Mr Parker said. “A typical farmer would put it out as dry and the wind would get a hold of it and fertilise the neighbour’s property, but with our machine they can put it out as liquid.” So far Mr Parker said he had only received positive reception from farmer’s using the business’ machines, especially in terms of fertiliser savings and reduction of nitrogen reaching the waterways. “The biggest thing about these machines is that they’re easy to use but that it saves the farmer time,” he said. Mr Parker will be at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo where he said he expected a lot of the company’s lifestyle machines, including the

tow behind mower and new manure collectors, to be popular. “These (manure collectors) are a sweeper, so they hook up behind the quad bike and they travel from walking pace to as fast as they want to go, and it cleans an acre paddock in 15 (minutes) where doing it with a wheel barrow and shovel could take four hours,” Mr Parker said. He encouraged farmers to take their property details to the Seymour expo where he would be able to discuss which machine would suit their farm size and type to make the best cost savings. Metalform Tow and Farm also offers finance and on-farm demonstrations for its range of machinery. Save time on the farm by visiting Metalform Tow and Farm’s display at the Seymour expo at site number B68.

Metalform Tow and Farm’s 4000 litres Tow End Fert was the 2014 Henty Machine of the Year.

Glynncorp Electrical will be at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo to advise on sustainable energy management and energy efficient 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 on-site 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 irrigators including three-phase flood/surface irrigation pumping, subsurface irrigation and sprinklers. The installation of solar power photovoltaic (PV) modules to supply motors/pumps can be designed for new or retro fitted to existing installations. See Glynncorp Electrical at site T23 to T25.

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Colin and Bev Stray are no strangers to the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, the event founders will return this year not as organisers but as exhibitors with their business Seymour Rural Equipment.

Seymour Rural Equipment’s K-Form Spreader is just one of the many machines the business manufactures.

The agricultural machinery manufacturing business builds a range of products to suit individual clients’ needs, including conveyors, grain shifters, truck mounted and trailing spreaders, bulk conveyor trailers and potato handling equipment. Mr Stray said the expo would allow the business to focus on the hobby-farmer market and demonstrate any niche machines they require for the application of organic, manure and compost products including mulches. “Over the years, traditionally our business has been manufacturing machines to handle the chemical type fertiliser, and we’ve seen the need for developing equipment to suit the latest trend, which I guess is organic and compost, adding mulches to various crops and horticulture,” Mr Stray said. “Consequently we now work one-on-one with every client and have the ability to design and

Power equipment tailored to your needs A change of ownership has seen Ride on Mower Sales get back to its roots, selling directly to its clients with attention to tailoring products to suit individual needs.

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The business has been operating for 18 years from depots in Lilydale and Healesville and focuses on services and repairs to all outdoor power equipment, and has a pick-up and delivery service. New owners Peter and Suzanne Sommers have been running the business since August last year with many years of machinery expertise. Mr Sommers has been in the machinery business all his life and has experience ranging from large machinery to small.

Mr Sommers said Ride on Mower Sales’ clients had the business’ complete support following any purchases.

The couple ran a heavy and large machinery service business for 25 years before they took over Ride on Mower Sales from a friend in 2015. “We have come into the business to develop a premium outdoor power equipment business within our area, servicing reasonably local clients,” Mr Sommers said. Focusing on the individual needs of clients at a local and personal level is important to Mr Sommers who said it was a waste of money for a customer to buy something that does not suit their needs.

“We focus to maintain their property safely and easily in the most practical way,” he said. “(They) have total support from us as the dealer and the same support from the manufacturer.”

The business’ new owners and staff will be at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo showcasing its large range of products including chainsaws, brush cutters and log splitters.

Mr Sommers said interaction and customer satisfaction was paramount to his business, which strived to satisfy customer needs. The pair also runs a houseboat hire business in Howqua. Contact Peter and Suzanne on 0408 714 052 for further information or visit them at sites T63 and T64 at the Seymour expo.

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Decade of support for expo Heritage Tanks is celebrating 10 years as a major sponsor of the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. The Australian-based family-owned manufacturer of rural, domestic and commercial rainwater tanks is a long-time supporter of the expo and is excited to return to Seymour once again. The event is a fantastic opportunity to see new developments, innovations and implements firsthand.

This gutter enables up to 100 per cent of the rainfall from the tank roof to be collected, minimising erosion from water run-off. In basic terms, in a 500 mm rainfall area you can save about a quarter of the capacity from the 2.3 m-high range of tanks. This equates to at least one truckload of water saved to get property owners through the drier months.

You won’t be limited for choice with Heritage Tanks’ wide range of 100 per cent Australian-made products on display at the expo.

Added benefits of choosing a Heritage Tank is the peace of mind in its longevity — with 1 mm Bluescope steel walls and a 0.75 mm extruded solid film liner — along with a range of sizes offered from 55 000 litres to 375 000 litres in the domestic market.

Heritage Tanks’ staff will be on hand to take visitors through the display and discuss which tank best suits their needs.

The hard-wearing tanks are designed to withstand the harsh Australian landscape and its elements without their durability being compromised.

A range of optional extras are also available for purchase with a new Heritage Tank, including the only True Gutter for its tanks.

Visit the Heritage Tanks display at sites B90 to B92, B99 and B100 at the Seymour expo to chat to one of its experienced staff members.

Ferrari export manager Stefano Muzzoni, Mirco Brothers Machinery sales manager Peter Murray, Konigs owner Leo Schoonderbeek and machinery salesman Bedri Ahmet with a Ferrari tractor.

Ferrari at expo Innovative Ferrari tractors, sold by Konigs Shepparton, will be on display at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Manufactured in Italy and distributed by Mirco Brothers Machinery in Minto, NSW, the tractors have a low centre of gravity, which offers a high level of safety when working on steep, hilly country and across slopes of up to 45 degrees. Mirco Brothers Machinery sales manager Peter Murray said the four-wheel drive models were designed for horticulture and viticulture and, despite being a low profile tractor, retained good ground clearance. “Their traction comes from a true fourwheel drive system, which is distinct from wheel assist — hence giving them better

The Hardwood Mills saw mill is a band saw and can cut from the finest veneers to 21-inch boards. traction and power to the ground,” Mr Murray said. Other features include dual-steer models that allow for a tighter turning radius and the option of low profile cabins, which are airconditioned and pressurised, and have been designed for working under trellises in vineyards and hot-houses. The low-profile cabin heights start from 1.69 m from the ground and offer excellent visibility. A conventional cabin is also available. Three models are available in the Vega range, the Vega 75 (70 hp), Vega 85 (84 hp) and the Vega 95 (92 hp) and all Ferrari models are powered by DaimlerBenz VM diesel engines, which meet the new European emission regulations. See the Ferrari range at the Konigs stand at expo site B76–77.

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Don’t burn it, utilise it Hardwood Mills Australia is a portable band saw with the ability to cut all Australian hardwoods such as iron bark and box, as well as exotics. Enhance your income or turn the existing timbers on your property into useable lumber sizes such as 4 x 2 and 6 x 3 floorboards, fence posts, a verandah, stock yards or even large beams. The Hardwood Mills Australia saw mill is a band saw which will cut from the finest veneers to 21-inch boards. The finish is fine and the wastage is low

due to the fine kerf of the blade. With the ability to back saw, this mill is versatile and inexpensive to run. The bi-metal blade can be sharpened up to 20 times with the Australian-made blade sharpener with the cost of a replacement blade just $99. The mill comes with 6 m of track with room to add on in 2 m lengths. Hardwood Mills is an Australian owned family business that offers personalised advice and service. For more information go to hardwoodmills.com.au or visit the team at site number E33 at the Seymour expo.


10 year warranty gives peace of mind Neil Beer Seymour is offering a 10-year extended warranty on all new vehicles sold by the prominent car dealership at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo. Dealer principal Greg Beer said the addition of Subaru and Nissan franchises in June 2015 had expanded the options for new and existing customers of the long-established Holden and Mitsubishi dealership, which has been operating in Seymour since 1980. He said an extensive range of sports utility vehicles and dual cabs including the popular Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara will be on display at the expo.

Visitors to the site will have the opportunity to inspect the vehicles, talk to the experienced sales staff, discuss finance options and collect brochures to take home. Mr Beer said the business has had a good response to its presence at the expo and last year sold 10 new vehicles during the event. And with the number of visitors coming through the gates Mr Beer said the expo provided a great opportunity to engage with new clients who might be considering a new or used car purchase in the near future.

“We meet people at the expo who come in three or six months later and buy a new car.” Neil Beer A special offer exclusive to the expo is an extended 10-year warranty, in addition to the new car factory warranty, backed by Neil Beer Seymour on all new vehicles sold at the event. “The extended warranty gives customers peace of mind,” Mr Beer said. Neil Beer Seymour has a staff complement of 50 comprising administration, sales, service and spare parts personnel with two well-appointed workshops that provide important back-up service.

See the Neil Beer Seymour team at the expo.

See the team at expo site L67.

Neil Beer Seymour added the Nissan and Subaru franchises to its line up in 2015 and will have the all new Nissan Navara ST-X at the expo.

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General enquiries to Gordon 0428 694 335 ‘Seymour Alternative Farming Expo’, February, 2016—PAGE 51


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