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Small farm information available close to Perth

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Friday, 17. May 2013 - 10:45

Visitors to the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day on Sunday, 26 May will be treated to a wide variety of information tailored specifically to small landholders or those wishing to purchase a small property.

The Department of Agriculture and Food’s Small Landholder Information Service (SLIS) will be there with the SLIS trailer to discuss how to make the most of a small property, with free advice and information on managing livestock, orchards and small business.

SLIS manager Yolandee Jones said the event provided a unique opportunity for landholders, growers and other interested people in the Perth metropolitan area to access the latest agriculture and food information.

“This year the department will be highlighting the need to identify your livestock and register as an owner, even if you only own one or two,” Ms Jones said.

“Small landholders owning livestock, or intending to purchase stock, need to be aware of their obligations.

“Sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, deer, alpacas, llamas, horses and buffalo are all considered ‘livestock’ and owners need to know what to do if they intend to move them off the property for any reason.”

At the department display, staff will be on hand to guide visitors through what they need to know about owning livestock.

Additional information on fencing, water, supplementary feeding, pastures, handling facilities and property management will also be available.

“Visitors can sign up to receive the department publication South West AgMemo or the SLIS e-newsletter detailing coming events and vital seasonal and land management information,” Ms Jones said.

“People can also register for the Small Landholder Information Service. Each registration will go into the draw to win a booklet ‘Southern weeds and their control’.

“I encourage everyone to come by the department display located near the cattle yards, have a chat and let us show you how we can support your success.”

The Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day will be held at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds on Sunday, 26 May between 9.00am and 4.00pm.  Children under 12 are provided with free entry, when accompanied by an adult, as part of a State Government initiative.


Media contact: Jodie Thomson, media liaison  +61 (0)8 9368 3937