WOMEN IN the dairy industry took time out from their busy spring schedules recently to enjoy a day of networking and pampering. ‘Women Celebrating Dairy’ was an initiative hosted by the Central Victorian Rural Women’s Network at the Yarrawalla Hall, south of Pyramid Hill, in October.
It focused on developing personal, professional and creative skills. Workshops included yoga, health, resilience and social media while creative sessions included vision boards, flower arranging and cheese and chocolate making. S
erious topics included entrepreneurship, planning to farm and milk and money. Guest speakers included dairy farmers Ann Gardiner from Lockington who spoke about resilience; Di Bowles from Cohuna who spoke about #dairylove and the positive role of social media; and Sharlene Crage, a former accountant in Sydney who moved to the country and fell in love with working life on a Calivil dairy farm.
Organiser Fiona Jemmett said it was the first time an event like this had been held.
“We are a new network and we are very pleased with the women 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.