Farming women from Arno Bay and surrounds host Sticky Beak Day

STICKY BEAKS: Women from the Arno Bay, Port Neill, Wharminda and Verran districts come together. Names in story.
STICKY BEAKS: Women from the Arno Bay, Port Neill, Wharminda and Verran districts come together. Names in story.

Thirteen farming women from the Arno Bay, Port Neill, Wharminda and Verran districts took part in a Sticky Beak Breakfast earlier this month.

The day was planned to give women in the area an opportunity to bond, learn and have fun after a difficult few years for farming families in the district.

Hotel Arno supplied the bus that the group used to visit each woman's family property.

Each group member gave a run down of their property including a detailed description of a particular paddock including its name, variety sown, sowing rates, depth and the fertiliser and machinery used.

The light-hearted day kicked off with a champagne breakfast and ended with a barbecue hosted by event organiser Erin Calliss and husband Jeremy.

Light rain throughout the day was welcomed by the group.

The arrival of the husbands at the barbecue allowed the women to fill everyone in on the farming knowledge they had shared and gained through the day.

Mrs Calliss said the day was a great opportunity for farming women in the area.

"It was great to see where everyone lives and to share out differing levels of farming knowledge in a fun, sage, non-judgemental environment," she said.

After a positive day, the group is hoping to make the Sticky Beak Breakfast an annual event.

Pictured are: back: Hannah Lienert Forrest, Yvonne Calliss, Juliette Tsesmelis, Gabrielle Preiss, Brooke Ramsey, Ashton Bates, Delicia Turner, Sandy Clements, Kelly Kitson; front, Lani Hartwig, Erin Calliss, Judith Rehn and Stacey Lawrie.