Quality merino wool jumpers, coats, skirts, blankets

April 29th, 2019

I wrote this blog post listing Australian wool clothing makers who are online because surprising numbers of people end up on my website after searching for Australian Merino wool-related subjects. Many are looking for woollen garments or information. So here’s a useful shortlist of some of the better-known retailers and manufacturers, so you can do […]

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How to judge rural photography awards & competitions

February 11th, 2019

I’m sometimes invited to judge rural photography awards and competitions, which I really enjoy doing. My personal preference is to find and reward the most skilled photographer.  A rising tide lifts all boats and I love to see talent and effort recognised while simultaneously promoting regional areas and rural industries.  Winning an award can make […]

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Townsville Floods

February 7th, 2019

I’ve received many queries about the floods in Townsville and frustratingly, there has been a lot of typically inaccurate media reporting by blow-in journalists unfamiliar with geography, what’s typical here and Townsville’s history. Mainly because the genuine care factor – for accuracy regarding northern Australia – is lacking. Townsville is in the dry tropics – […]

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Meat eating is good for human health & livestock can be good for the environment

January 25th, 2019

Below are a variety of research/study sources from around the world plus some well thought out personal opinion pieces that refute misinformation portrayed as truth by those intent on eradicating all meat from the menu. Please note more references are added to this blog post as they are discovered, and sometimes links to articles may be broken, […]

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Beef Australia (Rockhampton) – time to import some US event management expertise?

November 3rd, 2018

Beef Australia (Rockhampton’s triennial beef expo; 2021 next) now requires a professional & completely independent events management company to oversee it all; working closely with a team of truly diverse hands-on experienced beef industry people. What do I mean by truly diverse? State, cattle breed, age, sex. IE people from other states; not just tropical […]

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Time to directly challenge misinformation from animal rights activists

June 28th, 2018

Looking to Europe & the UK, we often see what filters down to Australia – good or bad. There are 18,000 butchers in France and there has been a string of attacks on butchershops.  The UK Telegraph newspaper story, “French butchers issue plea for police protection from vegans after a spate of attacks” quotes the […]

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How many women are speakers at ag events?

June 2nd, 2018

Actually – that’s not the right question to ask. Instead, ask: How many women speaking at ag events have been given equal billing to the men listed on the programme? Are there women speaking who have travelled similar distances? Are the women recompensed at the same level? Via my secondary Twitter account, @Agri_Events, I’ve been […]

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Drone photography

March 15th, 2018

If you dismiss drone photography as just ‘pretty pictures’, then you’re either not doing it right or you’re not looking at images taken by the right photographers. Above is the glorious sight of the mighty Burdekin Falls dam overflowing yesterday, after heavy wet season rain. The Burdekin dam is one of Australia’s largest dams and […]

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Why are some animals more equal than others?

May 22nd, 2017

I was surprised to find an animal right’s activist piece on ABC Open, called ‘Art from the cattleman’s daughter’ Author Jo Frederiks asks: ‘Animal equality: why are some more equal than others’? Excellent question! Which leads on to: – Why do animal rights activists fail to support measures to exterminate feral species (cats & foxes […]

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Care for the environment – like charity – must begin at home

February 12th, 2017

Pheasant coucals are one of Australia’s most splendid birds. They are quirky characters with disproportionally long tails, a habit of engaging in disorganised, ungainly dances in bare spaces that include roads, and a hauntingly memorable call. I heard a pheasant coucal long before I ever saw one, several decades ago, in the thick vegetation lining […]

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