EVENTS, FOOD & FIBRE FESTIVAL AND WHAT'S NEW!Women in Agriculture Luncheon - Presented by Telstra Thursday 30th March 2017 from 12pm - 2pmCost: $45.00 (Ticket includes entry to Farm World, Women in Agriculture presentations, lunch and a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival). Our ever-popular ladies day will once again celebrate the vital role of women in rural and regional Australia at our special ‘Women in Agriculture’ luncheon, presented by Telstra. Our guest speakers this year is the fabulous Rebel Black and local agri-superstar Emma Germano. Rebel describes herself as a human agronomist and says she is on a journey of constant discovery realising that the journey is the destination! At age 22 Rebel launched her first business from an office on the opal fields at Lightning Ridge, NSW and since then she has spent the past 16 years creating award winning businesses and leading development in women’s empowerment, community, tourism, education, business and social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Rebel is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, is a past member of the NSW Rural Women’s State Advisory Committee, past President of the Australian Opal Centre and is a Legatee. She holds qualifications in business, food coaching, forensic healing, community development and training and assessment. In 2015 Rebel’s business THE Rural Woman was named by Google as a Regional Online Hero and in 2016 the business was one of the national winners of the Collective+Lexus Start Up Pitch Competition. Emma Germano, from Mirboo North, Victoria, is the General Manager of I Love Farms, a family run, mixed farming operation supplying domestic and international markets. Emma is passionate about farming, advocacy and connecting consumers with where their food comes from. Driven to find solutions to the global challenge of food security, Emma was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2014 which allowed her to undertake research into global export opportunities for Australian primary producers. Emma is an active advocate for Australian agriculture, holding multiple roles within industry. Ultimately, Emma strives to be a strong voice, representing farmers and ensuring a vibrant and sustainable future for agriculture in Australia. The Women in Agriculture lunch is a signature event at Farm World and provides the perfect platform to not only listen to some inspirational speakers but also to liaise and network with many other talented women. Rebel Black Emma Germano Farm World - Official Opening Luncheon Friday 31st March 2017 from 11.00am until 1.00pmCost: $45.00 per person (includes ticket entry to Farm World, feature presentations, lunch and beverages) 2017 is a celebratory year for Lardner Park as we commemorate 50 years of hosting Farm World. With such a significant milestone, we would like to welcome you to attend the Official Opening luncheon to hear stories of the past, plans for the future and reminisce about all the trials, tribulations and fun times had at the event with local identity and entrepreneur Kevin Dale as the MC. With the theme of Farm World in 2017 being “Food and Fibre”, you will also hear from Paul Ford, Chair of Agribusiness Gippsland, about the importance of this industry sector and the incredible work that is being done within the region to secure a strong future for all things food and fibre. Collaborate to Innovate Forum Friday the 31st of March 2017 from 2.00pm until 4.30pmForum has no charge to attend, but seats are required to be booked. The Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) comes together with the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council (YFMAC) to present an engaged forum titled “Collaborate to Innovate”, on accessing technology to enhance farm management and output. If you’re ready to learn, share, connect and be inspired by agriculture, then join our forum with tips in social media followed by a practical case study on collaboration of smaller farming practices to access ‘big-farmer’ technology, resulting in innovation through precision agriculture solutions and data management technology. With the popularity of drones, we’ll showcase how these tools can collect field data to make informed decisions. Wrap up the session with a panel of industry expert representatives stemming from a range of agribusiness areas to share their journeys using innovation and technology. The BIG Gippsland Jersey Milk OFF From 12pm Thursday 30th March until Saturday 1st April 2017Where: RotundaCome along and have some fun! So much fun and positivity has been milked out of the dairy industry in the past year, it’s time to put a little back – introducing the BIG Gippsland Jersey Milk OFF at Farm World 2017! The concept is simple… It’s a Hand Milking competition – One hand – One teat – One minute. The contestant who can extract the most milk within one minute wins the ‘Milk OFF’ trophy. The hook lies with the contestants, as these are not your run-of-the-mill dairy farmers… we’re going to see everyone from Councillors and media to baristas and school children fighting it out against their contemporaries for the glory of the Milk OFF trophy. The BIG Gippsland Jersey Milk OFF will kick off at 12:00pm on Thursday 30th of March in the historic Rotunda with plenty of colour and interactive displays including Sallie Jones and Steve Ronald’s from Gippsland Jersey in some very eye-catching costumes! First cab off the rank will be some representatives of the next generation of dairy farmers, who will fight it out in a School Children’s Milk-Off at 12:00pm on Thursday. This will be closely followed by some of the Agricultural Industry’s most proactive female representatives in the Women in Agriculture Milk Off at 2:30pm. The fun will continue on Friday 31st of March with a political stand-off at 10:30am as Gippsland MPs and Councillors test their skill in the second day of the BIG Gippsland Jersey Milk OFF. While the local politicians may have a good understanding of the dairy industry, there are few occupations with more passion for milk than your local barista – but can they extract it themselves? Some of Gippsland’s best baristas will take the challenge in the Barista Milk Off at 12:00pm on Friday. There will be two opportunities to see some of your favourite media personalities test whether the gift-of-the-gab translates to talent in the milk shed in the Media Milk Offs at 1:30pm on Friday and 12:00pm on Saturday. Alongside the crowd-pleasing hilarity of the BIG Gippsland Jersey Milk OFF, there will also be displays educating the crowd on the history of the dairy industry, and the contribution it makes to both the local economy and the Victorian milk supplies. You will also get to meet and hear from local celebrity Adam Nelson from ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’ about mental health and his own personal struggle with the ups and downs of the dairy industry. Farmer Adam from "Farmer wants a Wife" Food and Fibre Fiesta When: Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of April 2017Where: Lardner Park Exhibition and Conference CentreFree workshops and demonstrations plus great shopping! On Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of April, the Lardner Park Conference Centre will be converted into a Food & Fibre Fiesta showcasing produce, products and information sessions in inspiring ways. The Food & Fibre Fiesta promises a festive ambience of exhibitor sales, demonstrations and workshops running free-of-charge throughout the weekend. The program of demonstrations and workshops will roll over throughout the day, so visitors can stop and listen as they wish. You can learn the wonder of simple, hand-made food with a Pasta Making demonstration by local identity Leigh Marino from The Courthouse, a Bread and Cheese Making demonstration from inspirational entrepreneur, author and advisor, Rebel Black. Then watch as acclaimed Peruvian-born chef, Alejandro Saravia from Pastuso restaurant in Melbourne, inspires the crowd, bringing the strong flavours and variety of Peruvian cuisine to life in his two beef cooking demonstrations on the Saturday. And of course, these days a good meal does not exist until it’s shared on social media! We have the very talented Michelle Cann from String & Salt on hand to teach us the tricks behind taking mouth-watering sharable food images on an iPhone. Health and sustainability are both enduring trends shaping how our agricultural produce interacts with our bodies and our environment. Julie Weatherhead from Peppermint Ridge will hold a demonstration showcasing the flavour and diversity of Australian native foods, and Doterra Essential Oils will illustrate how cooking with essential oils can harness the power of nature to revolutionise the way many families are managing their health. The Food & Fibre Fiesta will be decorated with bountiful produce from the Baw Baw Food Hub, Tarago Cheese, Ripplebrook Winery (and many more!) opening our eyes to the abundance of fresh, organic produce available in our own backyard…… and if growing your very own fresh produce is your passion, be sure not to miss the comprehensive Home Composting presentation. AgriKidz Free Presentations and Workshops Farm World is the start of Lardner Park’s AgriKidz program where teachers can register whole classes, or individual children can register with the consent of parents. Open to rural, peri-urban and metro children, the future program will focus on educational awareness and interaction surrounding agriculture and agribusinesses, with experiential visitation opportunities offering both in-person visits and virtual visits and presentations. Educational awareness throughout the year will include Growing Healthy – how much space do you need and how easy it is (cupboard mushrooms, veggie patches, window sill herbs etc); making and managing your own worm farm; paddock to processing to packaging to plate; farmers and cool technology; what’s the buzz with bees; sharing of content, quizzes and competitions. Experiential awareness will include invitations to Lardner Park Steer Trial Weigh-In’s; attending a demo day of farm machinery; alpacas and agri-tourism; food packaging and processing; talking with a food scientist; interviewing a cold store food truck driver – all through on-site visitations or AgriKidz YouTube uploads. At Farm World, come and learn about the new Victorian Health H30 campaign, take a visit to the Bunyip Beekeeper, see the animals of Oz at the Lion Dairy Animal Nursery, and sign up for AgriKidz! Lion Dairy Animal Nursery We are cute and cuddly, come and visit us! It’s the first weekend of the school holidays, so why not bring the kids down the Lion Dairy Animal Nursery! There’s cuteness galore and plenty of education as well as volunteers to help your kids get up close and pet with the animals. Babies are a plenty with puppies, goat kids, piglets, guinea pigs, ducklings and maybe even a few cute kittens. At 10am and 2pm a jersey cow from Wallace Dale Jersey will be milked so you watch right up close and see how they separate the cream and liquid milk. The fabulous Animals of Oz show is on again at 9am, 11am, and 1pm with plenty of education around the wildlife they bring along. So head on down and say hi to the folks running the Lion Dairy Animal Nursery – Jill, Barry, and Joe and all the fantastic student volunteers from Warragul Regional College. Online bookings now available! Online Tickets Now Available!No more waiting at the gate!Don't wait - book now! These days data-is-king, and Lardner Park has moved forward to introduce a new permanent ticketing system. Buy online and avoid purchase queues at the event, just head straight to the gate for scanning! As an incentive to purchase online, Farm World 2016 ticket prices will apply up until the start of Farm World on March 30. 2017 ticket prices will apply online and at the gate from March 30 to April 2. All tickets have bar codes and QR codes, allowing them to be scanned only once a day, and you can either print off, or keep on your phone – just show for scanning and you are good to go! Your ticket to Farm World includes access to the Farm World Equestrian Expo. Rest Areas and Hospitality Need a break - these are the areas for you! There is so much to see and do at Farm World and we appreciate that can make for long hours when you have excited children in tow! Or maybe you just want a quiet moment to yourself? Grassed areas have been reserved in front of the Conference & Exhibition Centre for a little rest and respite. Directly behind the main office building is another grassed rest area and a hospitality bar where adults are welcome to enjoy a cool beverage. A Hospitality Centre is also located for your enjoyment at the Farm World Equestrian Expo. Heritage Draught Horses Located at the Farm World Equestrian Expo We all love the beautiful heritage draught horses! They remind us of how it used to be and the importance they played in our agricultural evolution. Never to be forgotten. Come along to the Farm World Equestrian Expo and see these proud representatives of agricultural history. They will delight the entire family…….take a hay bale seat and enjoy watching them, have a chat with the passionate horsemen who accompany the draught horses. Working Dogs Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2017 The Working Dog trials are hugely popular with both young and old! So we are thrilled to announce that everybody’s favourite canines will return to Farm World at Lardner Park on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of April 2017. Run under the rules of the Victorian Yard, Utility & Farm Dog Association, the Warragul Dog Clubs Working Yard Dog Trial simulates some of the work carried out on farms across Australia every day. Some of these jobs include moving stock from one yard or paddock to another, drafting sheep into different mobs, loading & unloading trailers or trucks, filling a race for treatment of health issues as well as hundreds of other jobs around the farm. The trial is a set course decided by the convenor with a set time allocated to complete. Each competitor starts with 100 points with points being deducted by the judge for errors made by either the dog or the handler as they make their way around. Deductions can be for various faults such as incorrectly drafting the sheep as per judge’s instruction, rough work by the dog, sheep moving off course or handlers not walking a straight line between obstacles. The winner is the handler with the most points left at the end of the trial. There are four classes starting with Encourage (beginner handlers & dogs), Novice (more experienced handlers & dogs), Improver and Open (both with experienced handlers & dogs). The trial starts at 8.00am on Saturday with the first runs of the Novice class, followed by a four-dog final. After lunch the Improver class begins and again concludes with a four-dog final at the end of the day. The Encourage class starts at 8:00am on Sunday, it has no final run as this class is intended for introducing and encouraging beginners. The Open class begins late Sunday morning, with a climatic six dog Open final to determine the winner. A run-off is held in the event of a tie for first place, last year the crowd were on the edge of their seats through two exciting run-offs in the Open class! Competing again this year is Adam James, who is the National Kelpie Field Trial Champion for 2017, with his dog Buster. Adam grew up locally, in Jindivick, and now manages a 7000-acre sheep and cattle property in Coolac, New South Wales. Adam and Buster are have won the Victorian Utility Trial Champions together three times, and this year Adam won the title again with Buster’s son Moss.