Expo showcases dairy magic

FARMERS from every corner of South Gippsland came together in Korumburra last week for the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.
Korumburra Showgrounds hosted the two day event over Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24 where exhibitors, industry experts and farmers discussed the latest developments in the industry.
South Gippsland Dairy Expo secretary and Strzelecki Lions Club project secretary Deanne Kennedy has assisted in running the expo for 15 of its 16 years.
She said the move to host the event in Korumburra four years ago had proven to be a massive success.
“We love having the expo in Korumburra. It is a central location for South Gippsland farmers and we receive fantastic patronage here,” Ms Kennedy said.
“September is a busy month for farmers. The idea of the expo is to offer a one stop shop for farmers to do business and not have to wander through irrelevant stands.”
With in excess of 80 stalls from industry professionals and businesses, the South Gippsland Dairy Expo provided both an invaluable networking opportunity for farmers while showcasing new agricultural innovations from a variety of companies.
South Gippsland Dairy Expo chairman Cliff Wallace said the event was a big success having received an overwhelming positive response from both visiting farmers and exhibitors.
“We already have exhibitors enquiring into next year’s expo and we will start preparing for the 2016 event as of February,” Mr Wallace said.
“A highlight for me was seeing so many people come through the gates and seeing all of our exhibitors happy. It has all been very positive.”
Devondale Murray Goulburn delegates presented an informative session discussing the exportation of dairy products to China while guests enjoyed a networking breakfast last Thursday morning.
The program also offered guests a series of insightful presentations, including Matt Harms’ question and answer session with a panel of locals discussing the topic “What does success look like?”.
Phil Hentschke of Holstein Australia gave a presentation titled, “The type of animal you own equals profit for your business.”
Raising between $20,000 and $30,000 annually through gate entry, South Gippsland Dairy Expo rewards local communities by returning all revenue to local projects.
Ms Kennedy thanked the countless volunteers who put time into making the expo a success.
“We have so many volunteers putting in long hours to make the event run smoothly before going home to milk the cows. Their commitment to helping run the expo has been fantastic,” Ms Kennedy said.
“The committee and our volunteers put so much time into organising this event with no financial reward. It is great to see the dairy industry banding together.”
Mr Wallace thanked Ms Kennedy for her ongoing support of the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.
“So much work goes into the expo, our secretary Deanne Kennedy must put in 300 to 400 hours of work to make the two days possible,” Mr Wallace said.

Valuable volunteers: from left, Denis Casey, Stuart McCraw, Roy Stumke and Robin McKinnon of Strzelecki Lions Club greeted people at the gates of the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra last Wednesday.

Valuable volunteers: from left, Denis Casey, Stuart McCraw, Roy Stumke and Robin McKinnon of Strzelecki Lions Club greeted people at the gates of the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra last Wednesday.

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