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    Peter Emmett with Judy Paterson and Margie Kilpatrick at Emmetts Ladies Day at Longerenong.
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    DAY OUT: From left, Liam Trotter, Sara Trotter, June Werner, Michelle Reid, Derek Reid and Carling Henderson-Trotter enjoy an Emmetts Ladies Day at Longerenong. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER
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    Women’s business:from left, Esther Bartlett, Kate Jenkinson, Brooke Delahunty, Kara Puls, Vicki Thomas and Kathleen Puls join a celebration of women in agriculture at an Emmetts ‘Ladies Day’ at Longerenong. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

AgLife: Celebrating the women in ag

Farm machinery might have previously been regarded as a ‘blokey thing’, but an Emmetts Ladies Day has helped highlight the importance of women in agriculture.

The farming supplier hosted its second Ladies Day at Longerenong’s Wimmera Events Centre earlier this month as a thank you to women in the farming industry.

The event was last hosted in the Wimmera eight years ago. This year’s event provided more than 90 women an opportunity to learn about operating farming machinery, data and technology, as well as healthy living and self-care with Des Lardner Organics naturopaths. 

Emmetts’ Avril Hogan said the event recognised many women are heavily involved in their family farm’s business. “Many farms are family businesses where mothers, spouses, daughters and daughters-in-law all contribute in a variety of ways, from in-paddock labour, bookwork, grain training, livestock work, marketing and agronomy to keeping everyone fed and healthy and happy,” she said.

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“This event was about providing a day to say thank you to those women.”

The Ladies Day also helped raise almost $1000 through ticket sales for Australian organisation Beyond Blue.

Ms Avril said the day’s success had organisers keen to host another Ladies Day in the Wimmera in the future.

– Lotte Reiter

The entire September 25, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire September 25, 2019 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!