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NMIT returns to SAFE with expert information and advice

07 Feb 2013

NMIT has confirmed a “must see” seminar program for this year's Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE).

Whether you're an experienced landholder interested in the latest innovations in agriculture or a new hobby farmer wondering whether to run sheep or alpacas, the program has something for everyone.

The seminar program is based within the NMIT Ag Zone - an established landmark within SAFE that has earned a reputation over the past few years as a hub for up-to-date information and advice on all things agricultural.

This year's Seminar Program features 18 presentations over three days. Highlights include Gaining an understanding of soil health; Horse health; Biological farming (reduce costs while increasing farm health); Livestock selection; Feeding poultry; Pigs (legislative and pork industry requirements); Weed control; Farmers' Markets (accreditation requirements for producers); Enterprise promotion (making the most of social media); and Worms (replace NPK fertilisers).

“We are always proud to be associated with SAFE,” said NMIT Associate Director of Earth Sciences, Melissa Giffard. “There's a great range of seminars and demonstrations available in this year's NMIT Ag Zone delivered by leaders in their respective fields. NMIT staff will also be on hand to advise on training and career pathways in agriculture, land management, conservation, equine, viticulture and horticulture.”

Also returning to the NMIT Ag Zone in 2013 is the popular Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society's practical presentation program featuring five practical demonstrations from veterinary specialists and livestock producers on each day. Highlights include:

  • Cattle - general health and maintenance.
  • Sheep -disease management.
  • Goats -Boer goats, their production and health.
  • Alpacas - shearing demonstration and presentations on health and assisted births.
  • Horses - basic care and management.
  • Artificial insemination (cattle) - the pros and cons of not owning a bull.
  • Pigs - small holding pig production.
  • Buying and selling livestock and livestock worm control will also be covered in this program.

Both the seminar and practical demonstration programs are free on payment of the Expo entry fee and full program details are available at .

What: NMIT Ag Zone at the 2013 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE)

Where: Kings Park, Tallarook Street, Seymour, Victoria

When: 15, 16 & 17 February 2013, 9am - 5pm daily.


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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.