9 Apr 2013
By Caitlin Scholfield      

Export hay growers in North Central Victoria and anyone with an interest in the export hay industry, are invited to an AFIA hay grower update at the Elmore football club on Thursday 18 April. 

AFIA chairman and local export hay grower Jarrod O’Sullivan said “Export hay is a key component of our business. The AFIA grower update is a great opportunity to learn about the benefits of growing export hay and catch up with other people in the industry”.

“The district has good access to hay export plants, and the market outlook seems positive, making now a great time to learn more about growing export hay” Mr O’Sullivan said. 

The grower update is sponsored by the Australian Exporters Company (AEXCO), a company that specialises in commercialisation of Australian bred oaten hay varieties. Executive Officer of AEXCO Denis McGrath said “AFIA’s grower update at Elmore is a great opportunity for hay growers, hay exporters and other members of the fodder industry to network as well as be updated on the latest information in the hay export industry” Mr McGrath said.

The AFIA export hay grower update at Elmore is part of a series of grower updates nationally, to be hosted by AFIA this year. The event will feature a presentation from agronomist Greg Toomey of Landmark, talking on how oaten hay benefits your business, there will also be an export market insight as well as an update on the developments in oat seed breeding programs. The speakers on the day are: 

  • How hay benefits your business, Greg Toomey, Landmark Elmore
  • Oat Breeding Programs & AEXCO Update, Peter McCormack, SARDI, and Denis McGrath, AEXCO
  • Farm Safety, Tim McKenzie, VFF Farmsafe Victoria
  • Export Market insight, Geoff Walker, Gilmac

Commencing at 8.45am and concluding at 12pm the event is free for AFIA members and $10 for non AFIA members. A BBQ lunch will be provided thanks to Landmark Elmore. Please RSVP to Caitlin Scholfield on 0417 962 991 for catering purposes only. For further information on the AFIA grower update at Elmore or any other AFIA events please contact the AFIA office on 03 9530 2199 or Caitlin@afia.org.au