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

March 25th, 2016

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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Another La Nina weather pattern for Australia in late 2011?

September 1st, 2011

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says current La Nina/El Nino-related weather measurements are at present still mostly neutral.  However there is some possibility that the Pacific Ocean will cool further, which will result in the return of a La Nina weather pattern (though not as strong as was the case for the last wet season, which was indicated as […]

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Australians Supporting Beef Farmers (ASBF) – brand new website now online

June 14th, 2011

The ‘Australians Supporting Beef Farmers’ (ASBF) brand new website is online today.  The aim of the website is to provide objective industry facts and a united voice for Australian cattle farmers, especially those in the north who are directly or indirectly involved in the live export trade, as well as people indirectly involved (from truck drivers and mustering chopper […]

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Depopulation of the bush

June 6th, 2011

Australian cities and coastal towns have been growing at a rate of knots.  Some towns in mining areas are growing, but most are still diminishing despite the plethora of well-paid local employment, due to fly-in fly-out mining workforce arrangements. It has been sad to see the reduction in population in the vast majority of rural […]

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Weather Bureau forecasts – rainfall, frost and cyclones

May 16th, 2011

In addition to the excellent ‘Water and the Land’  ‘Forecast Rain’ map, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology now has a similar ‘Forecast Frost Potential’ map.  They are seeking feedback on the usefulness of the ‘Frost forecast potential’ service, so anyone who wants to put their two bob’s worth in, should, without delay.  There are many businesses that I […]

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Native frogs not cane toads – identifying Australian native frogs

May 13th, 2011

I admit it, I have been a frog and toad lover since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.  When I was young, finding a frog, especially an unusual one,  was as exciting as finding a gold nugget.  Today I discovered an extremely useful and long overdue website, Frogs Not Canetoads. For years clubbing toads has been […]

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Feral Pigs in Australia

June 6th, 2010

The first pigs arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, and ‘Captain Cookers’ have been recorded as thriving on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula for more than a century. Feral pigs are found right through rural Australia, except in areas where there is little or no permanent waterholes, or the water is protected from […]

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Agricultural Journalism

February 6th, 2010

The quality of agricultural journalism in Australia is fairly ordinary, and this can largely be attributed to our relatively small population.  Unfortunately there simply isn’t a large enough number of people directly involved in agriculture, to make it a lucrative enough field for the big media players to be fighting over readership (unlike the U.S., […]

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Australian Bronco Branding (Broncoing)

February 6th, 2010

Due to increasing labour costs, the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Scheme (BTEC), and introduction of weaning on properties that formerly didn’t wean, many more sets of drafting yards were built during the 1970s and early 1980s. Eventually cattle almost everywhere were branded in calf cradles rather than being broncoed (bronco branded) – pulled up to […]

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Australian Windmills & Artesian Water

January 6th, 2010

Apparently in some countries a windmill is associated with an image of poverty. But in Australia a windmill is an image of life and prosperity. Much of inland Australia has no permanent surface water so during the annual dry season it would not be possible for animals, birds or people to live there if it […]

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