Rylington Park Field Day flags farmers’ rights

Zach RelphCountryman
Rylington Park co-manager Erlanda Deas, with chairman Harold Wass at the 2019 Rylington Park Field Day.
Camera IconRylington Park co-manager Erlanda Deas, with chairman Harold Wass at the 2019 Rylington Park Field Day. Credit: Zach Relph

An agriculture research and training institution near Boyup Brook has thrown its gates open in an attempt to outline farmers’ rights if faced by trespass, animal activists or rural crime.

The rising animal activism threat to agriculture and trespass was put on centre stage at the Rylington Park Annual Field Day last Friday, providing farmers a platform to dispel uncertainties regarding the law.

Boyup Brook police Sergeant James Gaunt discussed how producers can address activism and trespass on-farm, urging farmers to remain calm if confronted by animal activists.

Holly Ludeman also shone a light on The Livestock Collective’s bid to improve the live trade’s transparency through sub-brands The Sheep Collective and soon-to-be-launched The Cattle Collective.

Rylington Park co-manager Erlanda Deas, who has been in the role alongside husband Marc for nine years, said animal activism was a topical issue and it was important to note how farmers can respond.

“It was good to hold a topical discussion for those in attendance,” she said.

“We see Holly as the face of live exports, so it was nice to have her here also.”

Earlier in the day, a trail walk was held across Rylington Park’s pasture, barley and oat projects.

Bureau of Meteorology Albany station manager Jason Balhorn also presented at the event, forecasting the Great Southern and South West’s weather outlook.

Mr Balhorn said daytime temperatures were likely to be above average across the South West from October to January, while nights are “very likely” to be warmer than average for most of WA.

After last week’s Field Day, Mrs Deas is starting to prepare for next year’s Storm In A Teacup event at Rylington Park.

The 9th annual women’s field day will be held on March 13, with tickets scheduled to go on sale in January.

Mrs Deas said the committee was anticipating all 220 tickets to be sold.

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