Big demand for dairy farm expo

DIANE BISHOP IN GORE
Last updated 11:07 25/01/2013
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Clutha Valley Lions Club president Dave Wardell is looking forward to the Southern Region Dairy Expo in Clydevale on February 20.

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The countdown is on to the Southern Region Dairy Expo.

This is the second time the event, organised by the Clutha Valley Lions Club, is being held in the Clydevale township.

Lions Club president Dave Wardell said the influx of dairy farmers in the region had prompted the club to hold an expo as a community fundraiser.

The expo was a one-stop-shop for dairy farmers and dairy-related businesses, he said.

Mr Wardell said the first expo two years ago was such a success that the club decided to make it a biennial event.

More than 100 exhibitors were expected to showcase their wares from farm machinery and retail outlets through to animal health and fertiliser companies.

"We've even got a few stalls to cater for the dairy farmer's wives."

Mr Wardell said the club expected about 40 to 50 exhibitors at the expo two years ago, but were "blown away" when more than double that number attended.

"The feedback was really good.

"There seemed to be a genuine demand."

The expo, which was attended by about 600 people in 2011, is a community fundraiser and all money raised is directed back into community projects.

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- Otago Southland Farmer

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