Three pre-tours will be available to LambEx 2016 delegates before the August 10-12 event in Albury, New South Wales. The tours will also give attendees the chance to explore the beautiful Albury-Wodonga area in the foothills of Australia’s Great Dividing Range and sample the region’s fine food and wine.
Tours organiser and senior Central West Local Land Services officer David Trengove said the pre-conference tours aimed to showcase the local region and its industries.
“It is a great opportunity to promote local businesses and farm enterprises to LambEx 2016 delegates from across Australia,” he said.
“We’ve spent a lot of time putting together the three tours and think we have the mix just right – between showcasing local producers, alongside good food, wine and even whisky.
“I would encourage everyone to consider booking a tour, but be quick as pre-tours at the previous LambEx in 2014 booked out quickly.”
TOUR ONE – Cobram
Delegates will travel along the picturesque Murray River from Albury to Cobram, Victoria, to tour the JBS processing plant, the Corowa Chocolate and Whisky Factory, and Cofield Wines.
The JBS Cobram processing facility is located on the Murray River and processes up to 3600 grass-fed and grain-fed lambs, as well as hogget, mutton and goats, a day. Delegates will be able to see all stages of processing at this export standard facility.
Delegates will visit the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory, set-up by former farmers, the Druce family. The trip will conclude with a visit to Cofield Wines, Rutherglen, Victoria. The Cofield family vineyard specialises in sparkling wines.
TOUR TWO – Northern
The second tour will allow delegates to explore new and innovative ways that two local sheep producers have used to address labour issues to enable them to stay in the sheep industry. Several guest presenters will also discuss local projects.
The day will be full of practical tips and tricks, including shed and yard design ideas, vaccination and drenching techniques and tips for the novice shearer or for crutching. On the way back to Albury the tour will stop at a local Poll Dorset breeder who also runs a captive breeding program for Bush Stone-Curlews, before a refreshment stop at the iconic Kinross Woolshed Hotel.
TOUR THREE – Greta East
The third and final tour will be to Greta East, Victoria, to visit Northgate Park, near Glenrowan, Victoria, with hosts Jason Trompf and Hannah Marriott. The tour will be full of practical tips on how to manage a high productivity sheep system that aims to drive pasture production and utilisation, while targeting feed resources and genetics to optimise animal production. This tour group will stop at the famous Brown Brothers vineyard and cellar door at Milawa, Victoria, for lunch and refreshments.
Mr Trengove said the Lambex 2016 committee were grateful that Murray Local Land Services had been able to support the pre-tours through the National Landcare Programme, ensuring prices were kept affordable for everyone. The tours cost $30 including lunch.
Early-bird tickets have now opened for LambEx 2016, to book your ticket, and a pre-tour ticket, head to www.lambex.com.au