As a modern day bush telegraph Farmer’s Voice is an online magazine sharing stories, opinions and information of interest and benefit to rural Australia.
Australian Farmers are the experts of their own story and it is important to have a place where their voice can be heard. By sharing challenges and celebrations we aim to showcase the greatest assets in Agriculture – the people.
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Drought is, as they say, an insidious creature that gradually takes over the land, its people, and the gardens of the bush. It cares not for beautiful old established gardens with years of history and sentiment. It cares not for a new garden being nurtured by a young...read more
Back in the day, ha ha, isn’t that something your grandparents said? Well back in the day, which was only around 30 years ago, my married life started in a long rectangular building. Verandahs down either side, 6 bedrooms and a dining room which ran the width of the...read more
Just recently I managed a trip away to the big smoke. I left my husband on the farm to fend for himself and I believe he lived on oven baked chips and sausages while the laundry piled up beside the washing machine. A bit of time away from the farm reminded me how...read more
Attending the National Farmers Federation Diversity Congress and the Australian Farm Institute 2018 Roundtable provided an interesting opportunity to observe Australia's agricultural policy makers and thought leaders in action. From little things big things grow My...read more
I see many old souls when I talk to kids off the land. In their short life, they have more life experience than people decades older. For many, the images of drought are confronting. There is an emotional reaction to seeing animals and land not in prime condition. If...read more
I find myself talking a lot about Mulga these days. To neighbours who howl in despair while cattle starve and trees remain a protected species. To town friends who ask ‘why can’t you just feed them and be dammed with the consequences?’ To farmers without Mulga I...read more
Last week I managed a short visit with my daughter and grandkids. I guiltily left my husband on the farm to fend for himself and I believe he lived on oven baked chips and sausages while the laundry piled up beside the washing machine. A bit of time away from the farm...read more
In car racing, drivers need to stop at various intervals to refuel, change tyres, or have engine checks performed. The pit crew are the people who perform these duties. They wait for the time they have to leap into action. They get the driver back on the track fast...read more
Working in insurance has made me sit back and evaluate my own working life and look at where I have gone wrong. This thought process has lit a fire under me. It never occurred to me in my 20’s when I was working on the land that I could have been sued for damages to...read more
According to my city friends I am an Aussie farmer. Technically, I am a grazier as we grow grass for beef cattle and do not farm land to grow crops. But in terms of an easily identifiable profession I call myself a farmer. Why? Because they don’t care about...read more
Ultimately, an organised office is one where the systems put in place make the process of finding something simple - whether it is a receipt, invoice, stock records or the contact details of a supplier. I need systems in place to feel organised. I say ‘feel’ because...read more
A friend recently had a farm accident. It has left him with some injuries which will take time to heal. It’s been a disruption to life as usual for his family. His wife is one of my best friends. The accident, and his debilitation, means she needs to continue to do...read more