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Special things about farming

  I have just watched a heifer have her calf. There is nothing more special than watching a brand new life come into the world, be it animal or human. A “heifer” is a first time mum and like all of us, when we’re first timers, they’ve got some things to learn. She sniffed it…

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The (women) changes in Agriculture by Pip Courtney

Welcome to Pip Courtney, who I have to admit is one of my heros in the journalism game. Pip is the ABC Landline presenter and and highly regarded journalist. I’m thrilled to have her here today, talking about the what changes, regarding women, she’s seen in agriculture since she started with Landline – and let…

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Farming, the forgotten part of Australia

This is our 14th farming story in our commitment to share 52 stories in 52 weeks. Enjoy! 1. Summary of your family & farming enterprise I live on my parent’s dairy farm with my husband Phill and my newborn son Laurence in Northern Victoria at Katandra West which is 20 mins north of Shepparton.  My family have…

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The importance of community in a Big Sky country

Introducing Ross and Robyn Lane from the central wheatbelt of WA. 1.  Summary of family and farming enterprise. Our family farming business consists of Ross and Robyn Lane and our three sons Colin, David and Matthew.  At the moment our oldest son Colin is working full time in our farming business and the other two…

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Purple Roads events in SA

Just a quick update on where I’m going to be for my SA tour. Times and some venues are still being arranged and as soon as we know, I’ll let you know! These are all talks and signings and you will need to RSVP This much I can tell you: Monday evening 23rd April, 7pm, Mount…

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Purple Roads and truck fires

Now that Purple Roads is out and about, I wanted to show you some of the places I imagined events to take place. If you read my previous blog, you would have seen the maps that I drew to show where the depots were in relation to Matt and Anna’s house, Spalding and Kate and…

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Babies galore…

It’s that time of year again… Yes, BABIES! This is one of my favourite times in our farming calendar. And this season, it’s made even better by the 60mm of rain we had about two weeks ago; there is a green pick for all the animals. (By ‘green pick’ I mean the clover and grasses…

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Maps of locations in Purple Roads

Sometimes when I’m writing about a place I know fairly well, I forget other people haven’t been there. Usually I can paint a fairly good picture and country towns in SA are similar in set out, buildings made with similar material and so on. Note, I did say usually. The Purple Roads edit raised a…

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Launch of Purple Roads

Saturday was the launch of Purple Roads. Wow! What a day. Mum and Dad came over for the big day and as soon as they got here, I put them to work, putting stickers on bags and filling them with goodies, such as shopping lists, bookmarks and stubby holders. This seems to take time and…

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Purple Roads – The 1st Chapter

Tomorrow is the big day. The official launch of Purple Roads at the Condingup Fair! As most of my readers don’t live within coo-ee of Condy, I thought I would publish the first chapter right here for you to read. Hopefully that will whett your appetite enough until you can purchase Purple Roads in stores.…

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We are losing farmers when we can least afford to…

Introducing Lisa Claessen – Teacher of Agriculture and Hospitality, QLD.   1. Summary I was born in Melbourne, to a country born father and a city raised mother. I don’t know where it all began, but all I can tell you is I have had a lifelong desire to be involved in farming and agriculture.

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