Connecting young farmers

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Members at the Young Farmer Network meeting at Boort discussed
Members at the Young Farmer Network meeting at Boort discussed the latest in spray technology and performance.

Young Farmer Network encouraging more to join

 

The Vic Hub’s North West Node is encouraging more young farmers to join its rapidly expanding Young Farmer Network.

 

In its role as the Vic Hub’s North West Node, Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) has brought together hundreds of young farmers from across the region in the past few weeks to build knowledge, create networks and support each other.

In light of the successes, Grace Hosking, BCG’s Senior Manager of Extension & Communications, is encouraging more young farmers to register now.

“The recent events – in Sea Lake, Kaniva, Warracknabeal, Boort and Bridgewater – saw an influx of new members attending, all enthusiastic to learn and meet new people.”

Grace said the diversity across the group was broad, with farmers, employees, contractors and agricultural professionals attending – testament to the supportive environment and the breadth of topics the network aims to address.

“BCG’s Young Farmer Network is for the youngest generation on farm, and is not exclusive to farm owners. We encourage anyone who wants to grow their network while keeping up-to-date with the latest agronomic advances to register. Registrants will have first access to tickets and will drive the focus of future meetings planned throughout the growing season.”

 

Bridgewater Ball

 

Grace said the BCG Young Farmer Network Ball held in Bridgewater proved particularly popular, with more than 300 people attending.

Brittany Bickford, Agribusiness Relationship Manager with Rural Bank, commended BCG for establishing the network and hosting the event.

“Congratulations on such a wonderful event! I had a great time and everyone I spoke to said it was well organised and that they enjoyed themselves. What an asset this event was for our young farmer community.”

 

Drought proofing machinery

 

Members in the Yarriambiack and Buloke areas chose machinery investment as a topic to explore. The key message from Dan Toohey, Farm Business Advisor with Planfarm Advisory, was to drought proof your machinery investment: know your numbers and implement a machinery replacement schedule.

The financial farm adviser urged attendees to ask themselves: in the worst-case scenario, would I still be able to make repayments?

 

Spray applications

 

Young Farmer Network members in the Kaniva and Boort areas chose to hear about optimising spray application.

Spray experts Craig Day and Lucy Paenga explained spray drift and the importance of nozzle selection at the Kaniva and Boort events, respectively. Boort attendees also heard from Dan Toohey regarding drought proofing machinery purchases and witnessed spray demonstrations from a variety of manufacturers.

 

the BCG Young Farmer Network Ball in Bridgewater.
Grace Hosking, BCG’s Senior Manager of Extension & Communication (right), with BCG Research Assistant Joe Collins (left) and Project Manager Demi Taylor (centre) at the BCG Young Farmer Network Ball in Bridgewater. Grace is encouraging more young farmers to register (see end of article for details).

Register your interest

The next BCG Young Farmer Network meetings will be held across the Wimmera Mallee in June. To register your interest visit: https://vicdroughthub.org.au/news-events/events/event/young-farmer-network-events-nw-node