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Farmers gather on the Far South Coast to talk about resilience in tough times

Attendees at the farmers dinner

About 140 Far South Coast farmers and service providers gathered in Bega recently to take some time out from the stress of farming, catch up with friends and hear from guest speaker, former AFL Footballer and farmer, Neville Brady, about the importance of mental health and resilience in tough times.

Neville tackled some tough issues in a fun and entertaining way, talking about his experiences and sharing some practical tips for dealing with the pressures and challenges that farmers face day to day.

“It was a good reminder to all of us to put things into perspective and remember what’s really important in life,” said Ash Rood, local dairy farmer and Chair of the Far South Coast Dairy Development Group.

“While the health of the business is always on our minds, it’s so important to focus on ourselves occasionally”.

Neil Waterson, a local beef producer and member of the Far South Coast Farmers Network agreed.

“Connection with other people is so important. We farmers work alone a lot of the time and can sometimes forget that we aren’t alone in facing farming challenges.” Neil said.

“It was so good to get together and acknowledge the human side and give people the opportunity to come together, relax and get out of that head space for a night. Neville’s messages certainly hit home”.

The event was organised by the Far South Coast Dairy Development Group and the Far South Coast Farmers Network, with support from South East Local Land Services, as an opportunity for farmers to get off the farm and connect with other farmers in an informal and relaxed setting.

“It was really pleasing to see the mix of dairy, beef and sheep producers, as well as a few Bodalla dairy farmers in the room,” said Local Land Services Agriculture Advisor, Andrew Taylor.

Anyone in need of support should log on to the NSW DPI’s Drought Hub website and have a look at the range of support services available, or to call their nearest Local Land Services office.

Funding was from Bega Valley Shire Council's grant through the Drought Communities Program (from the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science), Bega Cheese, Coordinare, Mitta Valley Beef Co-op (through then Bega Valley Beef Co-op) with support from South East Local land Services.

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Media contact: Dave Michael, South East Local Land Services, 0418 513 880