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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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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“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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Objective journalism and the ABC

December 29th, 2013

You can give identical film footage, photographs or facts to two different film producers or print editors/journalists and end up with two entirely different stories.  Judicious editing, with specific sounds or music added, can produce polar opposite outcomes (both well away from the truth, if desired). Australian taxpayers fund the ABC so we have a […]

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RSPCA’s Lynne Bradshaw, at the LiveExchange Conference in Townsville

November 3rd, 2013

Here’s another reason why all farmers should be on social media (see previous blog post). To actively counter misinformation, and share quotes. Lynne Bradshaw, National President of the RSPCA, spoke at the LiveExchange conference in Townsville last Friday.  The talk was in the form of an interview by Landline presenter, Pip Courtney. These are some […]

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Australian National Park Management and Conservation

October 28th, 2013

Apparently the Queensland LNP are continuing property purchase talks with the owners of 3 cattle stations in far South-West Queensland, for yet more millions. Several questions are immediately obvious: Where is the money coming from to purchase these cattle stations.  Some of it wouldn’t be from taxes paid by remaining cattle station owners, by any […]

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The truth about Australian animal welfare

June 5th, 2013

There’s a few questions arising from the Weekly Times article re the withdrawal of Animal’s Australia’s ‘Make it possible’ fundraising bags from Coles supermarkets: What does Animals Australia’s Lyn White mean by her threat ‘we’re about to push hard on the accelerator’. More illegally installed surveillance cameras, like the one found at the piggery near Young (NSW), followed […]

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