Taking time out

October 25, 2017

At the Women Celebrating Dairy Day were Kaye Addlen, Fiona Jemmett, Anita Dickons, Colleen Condliffe and Jenny Hosking.

Central Victorian Rural Women's Network -women celbrating dairy day at Yarrawalla.

Dairy was not the main topic of conversation when a group of industry women met for a relaxing, rejuvenating and revitalising day in Yarrawalla (south-west of Pyramid Hill) recently.

Women Celebrating Dairy was an initiative hosted by the Central Victorian Rural Women’s Network and focused on developing personal, professional and creative skills.

Guest speakers included dairy farmers Anne Gardner who spoke about resilience, Di Bowles who spoke about #dairylove and the positive role of social media and Sharlene Crage — a former accountant in Sydney who has made the move to the country and fallen in love with working life on a Dingee dairy farm.

Attendees were given the opportunity to participate in different workshops that included yoga, health, resilience and social media.

Other topics included entrepreneurship, planning to farm and milk, money and more.

Presentations finished off with some creative sessions, including vision boards, flower, cheese and chocolate making.

Dairy Australia’s Claire Miller finished off the day with a talk on her volunteering in Africa.

Organiser Fiona Jemmett said 60 women attended the day.

‘‘This is the first time we have held an event like this. We are a new network and we are very pleased with the amount of woman who have turned up in what is essentially quite a busy time on farm,’’ Ms Jemmett said.

She said she was pleased with the program and the quality of speakers on the day.

Yarrawalla dairy farmer Shelly Matthews said it was great to be able to take some time out from the farm and participate in a day like this.

‘‘It has been a great day and the variety of the program has been fantastic. Breaking down the day into different sections was a great idea and the guest speakers were fantastic,’’ Mrs Matthews said.

- Sophie Baldwin

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