Patrick Francis email@example.com
First of all, many thanks for such a great resource, which I also have only just found!
Have just read your review of Charles Massy’s book and was interested in your references to the 2003 editions of the “Australian Farm Journal”. I would be very keen to get hold of those, but using Google haven’t been able to locate them (or even the journal). Would it be possible to point me (and others I am sure) in the right direction? Many thanks.
Thanks for your email. Unfortunately Fairfax Media who owned Australian Farm Journal, removed its web site when the magazine was closed on 31 May 2012. However, I understand that the National Library in Canberra or the Victorian State Library in Melbourne are likely to have copies. As well, the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Science library at University of Melbourne, Parkville, was a subscriber. Australian Farm Journal was published from March 1990 to May 2012. Its predecessor, FARM magazine which I was also editor, was published between October 1980 and February 1990.
I just discovered your website recently and have read nearly every article now. Firstly, congratulations on an outstanding resource. I can’t believe it took me this long to find such a great website! I would very much like to get in contact to ask you some questions about your enterprise and techniques, as I am embarking on substantial expansion at my farm and would dearly like to adhere to your “comfortable” and sustainable style of agricultural enterprise. Much of your approach and passion for the land and livestock aligns with my vision of agriculture. I run Dorpers in South Australia (I know, the enemy)!
Just read your article related to the SSP V Compost trial at Wongawibinda and agree totally. This seems the only result they wanted was to acknowledge that applying SSP for decades is still the right decision.
sadly we still have acid soils with low organic matter even after fertilising for more than 50 years and there was no mention of trace mineral deficiencies in the soil. After doing an number of soil tests in the New England region I am sure Boron, Zinc at least would be limited.
Possibly the other reason for the clover responding would be legumes like Sulphur !!
There many ways to get processing cost back under some control, My website describes a very different way of processing cull cows for export in small rural locations. Kill 80 to 480 a day and build a unit for well under ten million dollars. It has an description of how to send whole sheep and cattle to new emerging markets instead of live exports. The processing plant would be very cheap because there are very few toys in them and no need for a rendering plant. It also has a page about how Aboriginals, they could build their own accommodation and a plant while sufficient cattle were established in the bush country. They could ultimately produce and WW2 type corned beef in tins.
I am eighty, have skinned more than a quarter of a million cattle and similar numbers of sheep. I have worked in the production side of the meat export industry since 1966.
the side has a lot of reading and real drawings of the facilities I would use to change how Livestock Producers get rewarded for their efforts.
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