Three recent blog entries that caught my eye

04 Nov

1. Simon Bedak recently posted The Age: Good farming piece today by Carolyn Webb:

Particularly pertinent for me is a story in The Age this morning by Carolyn Webb entitled “Poor wheat crop leaves farmer down, but not out.”

At our farm, we’re also bailing crops much like Mr Pollington, but our joint I don’t think is doing as badly as his is. We’re lucky in that earlier this year we spent up big putting in 15kms of pipe to run water to paddocks so that we can water our cattle if things get dusty in the dams again. Because we can run stock, as well as dabble in the cropping, if the crops fail, we can move our cattle directly onto the failed crop and have them graze it. Doing this means it’s cheaper to convert the paddock growth into a potentially saleable items because you’re not paying for people and fuel to cut the crop, rake it, bale it, cart it, store it and sell it.  Broadly, it takes about 7-10kg of feed to get 1kg of beef which is presently selling for $1.60/kg liveweight for animals less than 24 months of age at a specification of apprx 385-420kg per head, so you end up with more money on the hoof than you would from a bale, provided you’ve got good condition on your animals and a bit of water handy…

A reminder of something that is otherwise a bit abstract here in the city.

2. Denys posted Family Affairs on Friday. This is a really beautiful and very interesting post both personally and as a document of Australian migration history. There was a follow-up yesterday.

3. Marcellous has done #11 in his jobs series. I was surprised. I did a short stint contract cleaning, replacing M when he was on one of his overseas trips some years ago. The other job I have never done, but M of course has had more than a passing acquaintance with such an establishment.

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Posted by on November 4, 2007 in blogging, Marcel, Observations


2 responses to “Three recent blog entries that caught my eye

  1. Denys

    November 5, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Thank you Ninglun for your kind words. It means a lot to me, especially when those words come from your good self.

  2. simon bedak

    November 11, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Yep Ninglun, what Denys said.

    It’s disappointing when close friends I ask about the meat in their diet respond, “I don’t know. It just comes on a tray of black plastic at the supermarket.” Shits me no end.

    As soon as Australians learn there’s more to life than borrowing money for plasma screens and real-estate speculation, and, that if we have to import our food we’re all totally fucked, the better. At the current rate of disinterest in the rural sector, by the Nationals, Liberals and Labor parties, Australian grass-fed beef will become a luxury and the jobs associated with its production, a mere memory.

    Do have a beer at my old local the Tudor in Redfern, as well as extra triple garlic beef kebab from Wilson’s for me, won’t you? It’s a great part of the world.


    Simon Bedak
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

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