Irrigation schemes in Australia

November 18th, 2019

Irrigation is vital in Australia; it’s the only way we can produce a lot of our food, due to our naturally erratic rainfall. And in dry years, it’s the only way a lot of livestock can be kept alive, or fattened. But it’s very frustrating to hear politicians and others yet again spruiking the idea […]

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Australia’s corporate cattle stations – management standards

June 12th, 2019

I began photographing Australia’s largest cattle stations in northern Australia – above the Tropic of Capricorn – in 1984.  Many of which just happen to be owned by companies rather than families. I’ve since visited more than seventy cattle stations spread between Cape York Peninsula, Central Australia and the West Kimberley.  There isn’t anyone else […]

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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 & how to enter rural photography awards & competitions

February 11th, 2019

I enjoy judging photography awards as much now as when first invited more than 20 years ago. Since then I’ve judged a large range – from local NFP photography competitions up to international awards with entries from more than 30 countries. My personal preference is to find and reward the most skilled photographer.  A rising […]

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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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