‘Outback Helicopters’ – a new aerial mustering & charter company

December 22nd, 2009

A new Northern Territory aerial mustering & charter company called ‘Outback Helicopters’ has been formed by business partners Keith Phelps, Paul Blore and Doug McBean.

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Rural Television Programmes

September 6th, 2009

Australian Country Television Programmes ABC television — Landline 12noon to 1pm on Sundays. Landline Extra – 6pm Mondays. The ‘Best of Landline’ runs during December and January. A first class quality, unique programme, that features rural business and environmental stories and news, including weekly weather and market summaries. Despite the midday time slot and lack […]

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Australian Cattle Dogs & Sheep Dogs, Dingoes & Pigdogs

July 1st, 2009

Most dogs that work with sheep and cattle in Australia are either kelpies or border collies.  And to a lesser extent, with cattle – blue or red heelers (also known as ‘Queensland heelers’ or ‘Australian cattle dogs’). Australian kelpies are black and tan, short-haired, bouncy dogs that will usually wag their tails when you rouse on […]

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Feral Goats in Australia

June 6th, 2009

Goats arrived in Australia with the first Europeans. For many decades goats were the much-appreciated sole source of milk for early settlers in harsh tropical climates, where poor quality pasture and high humidity do not suit dairy cattle. Goats were useful transport and entertainment for bush kids who would rig up little buggies to be […]

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Helicopter & Fixed Wing Mustering

December 20th, 2008

The use of helicopters to muster cattle began to increase after the Vietnam War. Helicopters had developed to the extent that they were suitable for mustering (Bells, usually), there were a number of ex-Vietnam pilots looking for flying jobs and the 1970s beef crash meant that stations were looking for new cost-saving strategies to remain […]

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Australian Utes

December 6th, 2008

The ‘utility vehicle’ or ‘ute’, as it has been shortened to, was invented in Australia in 1933.  Utes are called ‘pickup trucks’ in the U.S.   6 & 8 cylinder Holden and Ford 2wd utes have since poured fourth in the thousands, and are still common on farms in southern Australia, along with some relative newcomers […]

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Australian Camels – Ships of the Desert

October 6th, 2008

Camels played a vital part in opening up the arid regions of central Australia. They were used by early explorers to safely traverse arid inland regions, and later used to carry goods for sale to remote residents by Afghan cameleers. The camels found in Australia are the single-humped ‘dromedaries’ (camelus dromedarius). Camels are very practical […]

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Australian Country & Folk Music

September 6th, 2008

There are many good musicians that write and sing Australian country songs, however the people below have stuck to uniquely Australian subjects and have not used American words or accents. Slim Dusty – An especially prolific musician who produced more than 100 albums and well known songs over many decades. Even a shortlist of favourites […]

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Australian Farming & Grazing Organisations

October 21st, 2007

 The main national agricultural producers body, the National Farmer’s Federation (NFF), has a good list of state grower organisations. The Country Women’s Association of Australia is Australia’s largest women’s organisation. The website has links to the state CWA organisations such as the Queensland Country Women’s Association. Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) is also a national body […]

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Outback Australia – Climate & Landscape

October 11th, 2007

The Australian outback landscape ranges from vast, naturally treeless blacksoil plains growing Flinders and Mitchell grasses (referred to as ‘downs’ country), to rocky hills covered in spinifex, ghostgums and coolamon trees, to dense grey mulga scrub, red sandhill country, lignum and coolabah swampy channel country, to dusty nondescript scrub of bullwaddy, lancewood, gidyea or eucalypts […]

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