Blokes BBQ gets the message out

There was a lot of good will generated and a lot of facial hair lost at the Blokes BBQ for dairy farmers at Terang on Wednesday night.

The evening aimed to give dairy farmers a night out during the present tough times in the dairy industry and achieved that with lots of laughs from AFL star Sam Kekovich and cricket legend Rodney Hogg addressing the crowd of about 150 people.

Mo-off: United Dairyfarmers of Victoria staff Alison Lee and Alastair Hilli threaten UDV president Adam Jenkins with the clippers prior to his moustache shave.

Mo-off: United Dairyfarmers of Victoria staff Alison Lee and Alastair Hilli threaten UDV president Adam Jenkins with the clippers prior to his moustache shave.

The night was hosted by WestVic Dairy to encourage farmers not to neglect their mental and physical health during the present slump in the industry and both speakers got that message across in a light-hearted manner.

Mutual support: Dairy farmers Mike Waite, Allan Driscoll, and Bruce Clarke.

Mutual support: Dairy farmers Mike Waite, Allan Driscoll, and Bruce Clarke.

The night also raised $4148 for men’s health work when local farmers and dairy industry support workers lost the moustaches they had grown to support Movember.

Night off: Cliff Perrett, Paddy and Andrew Beale, all from Cororooke near Colac were among the dairy farmers at the Blokes BBQ.

Night off: Cliff Perrett, Paddy and Andrew Beale, all from Cororooke near Colac were among the dairy farmers at the Blokes BBQ.

Brothers: Young dairy farmers Stephen and Michael Cornelissen

Brothers: Young dairy farmers Stephen and Michael Cornelissen

Speakers: Sam Kekovich and Rodney Hogg kept the audience of 150 entertained. Pictures: Rob Gunstone

Speakers: Sam Kekovich and Rodney Hogg kept the audience of 150 entertained. Pictures: Rob Gunstone

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