Moss Vale Small Farm Field Day

The Moss Vale Small Farm Field Day will take place February 4 and 5, 2017. Photo: supplied
The Moss Vale Small Farm Field Day will take place February 4 and 5, 2017. Photo: supplied

The Moss Vale Showground will be transformed into a venue for animals, demonstrations and competitions for a weekend in February.

The Moss Vale Small Farm Field Day is on again, and will be bigger and better with a huge increase in demonstrations, exhibitors and activities for the whole family.

Event manager Elizabeth Newham Nichols said the interest generated from the previous years had helped her build a wide range of displays and events for the weekend.

These will include the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia’s Rifle Range, reptile talks and fantastic working dog demonstrations,” she said

“We are really looking forward to it and believe they will all be very popular throughout the weekend.”

The Hawkesbury Kelpie Working Dogs will be demonstrating on February 5, including rounding up a mob of sheep, putting them into a drench race and running along their backs, working the mob up a ramp onto a platform, backing the mob and more.

Children can also say hello to the dogs after the demonstration.

Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia’s Allan Burnett will inform the public on a variety of topics, such as behaviours and characteristics of snakes, techniques and tips to avoid bites, and the latest first aid treatment.

The audience can get up close and personal with the animals as well.

A new activity will be the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia’s new rifle range, where the public can be educated on safe techniques and the requirements for owning a rifle.

“All these activities are free after entry and will certainly make the 2017 Small Farm Field Day an event to remember,” Ms Newham Nichols said.

“There will also be old farm machinery in action, kids’ rides and face painting – a great family day out.

“The variety of the exhibitors will again be outstanding, especially with the many new developments and techniques that will assist the farmers, large and small, in this region.”

Sheep and alpacas are new additions this year, which should be interesting for those with small holdings looking for farming alternatives.

Some of these presentations, conducted by Bowral Co-Op and NSW Farmers, will be a great opportunity to find out the latest techniques and technologies around sustainability, equine health and farming.

The Small Farm Field Day will be held at the Moss Vale Showground on February 4 and 5, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Tickets will be $5 each, with under 15 years free. To find out more, visit www.smallfarmfieldday.com.au