Rural photography competitions can help foster a thriving rural photography scene – but most don’t

September 7th, 2020

After running rural drone or photography workshops I’m usually approached by at least one parent asking whether their daughter, who is really keen on photography, should pursue a career as a photographer. (And yes, virtually every time it has been daughter, not son.) If I say ‘yes go for it’ (as many other photographers do) […]

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All agricultural conferences must now be in regional areas. No excuses!

February 9th, 2020

You think the ‘buy from the bush’ campaign is a good idea? Here’s an equally useful way to shift large amounts of money into the bush. Agricultural conferences have traditionally been run in capital cities for sound reasons. Because back when ag conferences started to crank up: Regional flights were less frequent and a lot […]

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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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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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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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“Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows” – Brand new book

November 26th, 2015

The brand new book, “Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows”, can now be ordered online.  Purchase a copy of “Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows”. I’m currently buried in orders!  But if you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact me (details on the bottom of the page).   “Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows” is unique because […]

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Argentina’s Beef Industry.

February 25th, 2015

In 2006 Argentina was the world’s third largest beef exporter (behind Brazil, then Australia).  9 years later, production levels have been slashed and export levels remain way down the list. Why? Largely because in 2006, the Argentinian Government had the bright idea of currying favour with voters by reducing the domestic price of beef.  How […]

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Terra Firma sale of Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC)

November 20th, 2014

It’s two and a half years since I wrote about Ken and Geoff Warriner leaving Consolidated Pastoral Company, saying: “…it will be interesting to see how long Terra Firma retains ownership of CPC.  With few exceptions, overseas investment companies seem to retain Australian cattle station investments for less than five years, so it will be […]

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