Plenty to see at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo

By Madeleine Byron

Visitors will be given the inspiration for a tree-change at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

More than 22000 are expected to attend the three-day event, from Friday to Sunday, at Kings Park, Seymour.

Event manager Susie Filleti said a visit to the expo had changed the course of many people’s lives by introducing them to animals which captured their hearts and imaginations.

Ann and Rod Sales visited the event more than two decades ago and came home with a new business venture after buying five alpacas.

‘‘We came from the suburbs and it’s a great way to find an alternative to living in the city,’’ Mrs Sales said.

Davidalla Farm Alpacas was born and has become a regular expo exhibitor.

A new visitor to the expo this year is the Victorian Brumby Association.

‘‘People expect wild behaviour from a wild horse, but we don’t get that when they’re trained correctly,’’ Victorian Brumby Association president Colleen O’Brien said.

Demonstrations on brumby versatility will be held on the main oval each day and a talk on owning brumbies and capitalising on their versatility will be presented in the Learning Hub on Friday.

Ms Filleti said the expo was a chance to become acquainted with many out-of-the-ordinary animals.

‘‘This year there will be Wiltshire horn and Dorset down sheep, red and black angus, belted galloway and highland cattle and dairy goats,’’ she said.

The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is on this weekend from Friday to Sunday at Kings Park in Seymour. A full list of site holders and program of events is available online and in the official event guide, available at the event. For information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent, visit www.seymourexpo.com.au