Steele Rudd – Arthur Hoey Davis

March 13th, 2013

I believe Arthur Hoey Davis (pen name “Steele Rudd”) is by far and away Australia’s best ever writer, due to the originality and relevance of his stories and characters, combined with his great writing ability. Only heard of ‘his’ Dad & Dave jokes?  (Actually written [very badly] by others…much to Steele Rudd’s dismay). Do your […]

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Cattle station work featured on ‘Big Australia’ – 7Mate TV channel

November 26th, 2012

The most recent episode of  7Mate’s  ‘Big Australia’ TV series featured life on a northern Australian cattle station.  Over the one hour programme, 3,000 head were mustered out of Green Holes paddock on the Acton Land & Cattle Company’s ‘Millungera’ Station, in Queensland’s Gulf Country. Brothers Graeme and Evan Acton are well known in the […]

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Farmer & grazier advertising industry stereotypes

November 21st, 2012

The Weekly Times newspaper is running a Poll gauging opinion on whether the latest dairy farmer bogan-stereotype Devondale ads should be ditched. Unfortunately over the years farmers of all kinds have been portrayed by the Australian advertising industry as straw-chewing hicksvilleans.  It’s invariably a reflection of the lack of education (on the practical front), intelligence […]

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The Peterson Farm Brothers – ‘I’m farming & I grow it’

June 28th, 2012

If anyone needs proof of the large numbers of rural people, worldwide, who have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogging – then the run-away viral success of this online video is it. Greg Peterson and his younger brothers Nathan and Kendal feature in their YouTube video they’ve called ‘I’m […]

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‘The World’s Toughest Trucker’ TV show

June 12th, 2012

An Aussie roadtrain driver was amongst the 8 truck drivers competing in ‘The world’s toughest trucker’ TV show. Australia features in the first and second episodes of the 8-show series.  And while a lot of  film crews will venture inland a couple of  hour’s drive from a coastal city and call it ‘the outback’, ‘The […]

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LinkedIn Networking, agribusiness & regional residents

June 9th, 2012

I’ve built a LinkedIn network of more than 2,000 like-minded people and would like to share some LinkedIn tips I wish I’d understood from the start.  (This is part of the “Social Media and Farmers” series.) First to explain – it took many hours of work to build a good quality network of this size, […]

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Wongai Coal Mine, Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York Peninsula

April 29th, 2012

A few years ago I wrote an R.M. William’s Outback Magazine ‘station story’ on a beautiful cattle station – Lilyvale.  Owned by the Shephard family for more than 80 years, it was the only cattle station that was a financially healthy pastoral business on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula.  Lilyvale has a relatively […]

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Phone problems & the NBN

March 23rd, 2012

Please note that our phone has not been working properly since Saturday 17th March (we can ring out, most of the time, but callers trying to ring us either get just a dial tone, crackling or other sounds – it doesn’t even go to Messagebank, which is a first). Telstra says the deadline for repair […]

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‘A Farmer’s Life for Me’ BBC television series

February 21st, 2012

‘A Farmer’s Life for Me’ was filmed by the BBC in 2011, and has just started screening on ABC television from 6pm-7pm on Tuesday nights. Filmed during midsummer in the beautiful rolling hills of Suffolk, ‘A Farmers Life for Me’  features 9 varied couples (siblings and married/partnered couples, gay/straight; of all ages & from all walks […]

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Rural Women Speaking Out

February 6th, 2012

Stumbled upon a very interesting blog piece by ABC journalist Flint Duxfield titled ‘Women are farmers too, so why don’t we hear them more?’  Flint describes the all-too-common occurrence of ringing a farm, speaking to the wife who is clearly knowledgeable but when asked about the possibility of an interview – the wife defers to the […]

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