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Farming expo has something for everyone

The 2021 East Coast Farming Expo seminar programme next week has something for everyone, whether you are one for motivation or more hands on practical tips, the two-day line up covers a wide range of subjects.

A rolling maul of 40-minute seminars each day includes the likes of serial technology entrepreneur Melissa Clarke Reynolds, Dairy NZ board member Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, livestock breeding specialist Aimee Charteris, chairman of Wools of New Zealand James Parsons, and chair of New Zealand Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Grant Bunting.

The recently-released climate change commission's draft could have a huge impact for sheep and beef farmers on the East Coast.

Beef and Lamb NZ workshops will help farmers discover genetics fit for individual purpose, including basic principles of assessing genetic merit and how to use these to find the best animals to improve their own herd or flock performance.

Rams are covered on Wednesday with bulls on Thursday.

The much-admired Lloyd Smith (pictured at right) from Pup Pen to Paddock fame will be doing demonstrations both days and is on hand to talk one-on-one with people during the expo.

He is one of New Zealand's best known and hugely successful dog trialists.

Keeping with the working dog theme, good nutrition is vital to a working dog's health and ability to perform well.

Adele English BVSc, from Eastland Veterinary Services will be delivering an informative session on working dog nutrition and health on Thursday.

Coupled with the wide range of exhibitor line up, the East Coast Farming Expo is well worth the trip to town.

Think of it as a day off your farm — but more-importantly, also a day working on your business.

The Expo runs at the Wairoa A&P Showgrounds in Ruataniwha Road, Wairoa on Wednesday and Thursday next week (February 24-25). The gates will open at 9am.

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