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Workshop helps hobby farmers

HELP: John McCabe, of DERM, identifies local weed species at last year’s small landholders’ day.
HELP: John McCabe, of DERM, identifies local weed species at last year’s small landholders’ day. CONTRIBUTED

HOBBY farmers will have their needs catered for next Saturday at a Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments Small Landholders Day.

There will be information stalls and workshops about everything from alpacas and stocktaking to planning and dam maintenance.

FRCC project officer Shelly McArdle said this was the second time FRCC had run the event.

"Last year was the first one, so this year we've really taken ... all the feedback we've got and we think we've really got it right," she said.

"(We're trying to) create a bit of an atmosphere ... we also have at least 10 or 15 community groups and local businesses, so all sorts of people will be coming along, from Envirolink to perhaps the frog lady, Birds Australia and people like that."

Other topics covered included weed identification and control, managing animal health, pasture management, feral animal control and water quality. There is a focus on horses this year, with well- known farrier Graham Ward.

FRCC executive officer Jeff Krause said the aim was to provide an active experience.

"It's meant for people to pick up useful information for their property by talking to people and having some structured sessions in there."

The event will be held at Rockhampton Showgrounds on September 29, 8.30am- 3pm. Phone 4921 0573 or email info@frcc.org.au.

Topics:  environment