Recent comments by: Sam Trethewey

Get Muddy

Jeez rayjj50, have a look at the big picture... Average age of farmer is increasing, but we're living longer and working later. We're very competitive on a global scale with av age of farmers. If you take out the number of marginally productive farms the average age comes down into the 40's. Suggesting younger people are running larger and the more productive enterprises. Read of the report, national production figures along with real estate also. We're doing well, so leave hollow nostalgic arguments like 'they're not coming home like they used to' at the door. And use your real name.
Of course, but there's plenty more areas to value add in the many markets available. It comes down to willingness and capacity. I wrote about "commodity thinking" last week. Besides, not all have to. But these distribution channels and farmers at farmers markets/value added farm businesses are doing much of the heavy lifting when it comes to engaging with the end consumer. Win-win for everyone?!
Lou: It's ambiguous to you because you're unaware of the process or systems leaders in HR are now using... How do you measure potential, the HBR suggests looking at: The right kind of motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement and determination. ANZ, Google and others are using systems that work... obviously, they're going rather well.
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Certainly some wheat and chaff in the comments here. Jacky: Not sure, we never got it... Still scraping the barrel for dirt on me, perhaps come out from behind your alias "jacky" and we can meet up, have a chat. At least then you can make some personal stabs based on factual information. N.Vic: the most dangerous... you don't know what you don't know. Keep the comment coming. Sam Trethewey
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Thanks for the great feedback. We've been hit with a wave of positive comment all day, especially on twitter and facebook. Ben: you've taken the first step, you're on an Ag site... get out of the city and get a job. Much accom on farms is free, you won't need taxpayers $200 and you'll learn on the job. Graham & Anna after 10 visits - $7 doesn't apply, or in your case with your child, exemptions, special cases & GP 'care plans' void the $7. Jacky: Have me met?! Clearly not. Col: is there room for two under that rock, I'd love to visit.
Geronimo; seems you know their property, and have chosen anonymity? It's a family's choice to send their children to board, and it's not anyone's business. It's also their call to choose to run another business to support their chosen lifestyle in addition to their farm business. Please also note, they never whined or asked for help, they just did it off their own back. Mum always said "no one knows what happens behind closed doors"...

A matter of opinion

Great points Vern. I'd never heard of the Badger until a clip of his post match commentary took me back to smoko in a shearing shed and circled on Facebook about 9 months ago... I enjoyed the ad but don't follow rugby (As most states don't), but am glad I'd seen him on Facebook prior so I knew his deal. Maybe it's to boost sales in Qld and NSW?
"And we’re already being out-shone by our neighbours across the ditch"... We've been out-shone by kiwis for decades, and any surprise to that is testament to the attitude and culture that keeps us in the rear...

Burrs under my saddle

Are we exhausting all options? Or just finding the options exhausting?... Some great points here in the comments... Of course I wish all the best for Pete. But. We seem to love our splinter groups in AusAg, or Australian culture as a whole. Don't usually see them do all that well either... just muddy the water.

Agribusiness

Jocks comments remind me of a deceased estate they found in Sydney last month. It had been locked up for 60 years and when opened, it was a picture of what life looked like mid 20th century. Some don't understand online progress, it frightens them. Just like being left on the outside of the tent. I think this strategy is EXACTLY what we need. Giddy up.
Whoa, I wrote that incorrectly. It's 93% of food consumed in Australia was grown here, in Australia! Sorry. Was distracted mid lecture I reckon. oops.
93% of food consumed in Aus was grown overseas. That's the statistic. Depends on your diet of course.
We're waiting Barnaby... I witnessed you, Heffernan and Katter jumping up and down about food labelling laws at SPCA prior to them being fished out by the local Victorian Gov. The three of you were very passionate and said "when you're in Government". Choice have had submissions sitting with the Senate since Gillard was in charge. So, we're waiting...
Look at my last blog and you'll find a link to the report, all 200 pages. Read it. If you can then widen your glance to outside your postcode, you'll be closer to commenting with some sort of grit. Speaking of grit, some real, full names always help too.
http://www.theland.com.a u/blogs/get-muddy/the-ag-kids-are -alright/2716031.aspx
Great work, I've been really surprised and excited about the presence of Norco in northern NSW and SE Qld. They seem to advertise well, and the dairy farmers are proud of their co-op with personalised Norco signs on their front gates. Great work on building a brand and brand culture. People follow it.

General

Great piece Lucy. My article today was along similar lines.
Cheers Bushie - Cam, your comments seem.. narrow. As Bushie points out, what is your knowledge of issues families face in the city? How can you make informed decisions about city issues? Of which most fill most elections... Other than annoying you, how do the aggressive and sometimes misinformed comments on here affect you/your business? AusAg seems obsessed with making city people understand the why's and how's of the cogs of ag.
I'd like to know what readers think are the reasons WHY city people/teens NEED to know about their food and fibre...? Please, share here.

Horticulture

Lets hope his speech provides the SHOCK Ausveg needs to lead collaboration and unity amongst it's members and then join the NFF!

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