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IN THIS ISSUE...
|Wool away »|
When John Eyre crossed the Nullarbor in 1841 he described the country as “a blot on the face of nature, the sort of place one gets into in bad dreams”. This was certainly not the view shared by B.H. MacLachlan when he first saw the Nullarbor in the late 1950s while travelling from Adelaide to Perth on the train.
To his experienced eye, it looked like good sheep country – an...
|Beef bonanza »|
On a cloudy morning in Dalby, Qld, Russell Jorgensen’s voice echoes through the small town’s saleyards. Perched above a pen of steers, the young auctioneer reels off prices like a machine gun, his voice rising above the din of 2000 yarded animals. Trade is brisk and when the selling is done, lightweight yearling steers will have averaged 354 cents per kilogram, 35 percent up on the...
|Taste the difference »|
If you like your steak ‘mooing’, The Tasting Room’s paddock-to-plate experience offers a rare dining alternative. The distant bellowing of magnificent Wagyu cattle adds to the unique ambience of this multi-award winning regional steakhouse at Mayura Station, one of South Australia’s oldest pastoral holdings. Designed to showcase the property’s ultra-premium...
|Diggers' bling »|
Toiling long and hard with drooping shoulders and ripped fingernails, the digger on the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s was barely scratching out an existence. His life had always been tough and, by crikey, these years working the goldfields of Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine were no exception.
It was fair enough then that when he found a nugget worth more than he’d made over his...
|Reptile rescuer »|
David Reed’s fearless infatuation with reptilian types of all shapes, sizes and degrees of deadliness began on a drive home one night when he was three. “Our headlights showed up a water python on the road,” says the 29-year-old Katherine-born businessman who has turned a boyhood passion into a hometown reptile rescue and breeding venture. “We stopped and Dad let me help...
|The view from on top »|
Colours and shapes intrigue and seduce in David Taylor’s stunning aerial photography, but he hopes they do much more than that. His aim is to create a greater understanding and appreciation of Australia’s ever-changing landscape.
“I love revealing the abstract side of the landscape and surprising people,” says David, the former owner of Pooginook, an iconic Australian...
|Bush ambassador »|
When it comes to bush banking, Alexandra Gartmann has a key goal in mind – to find out the best, most effective way to bankroll Australian agriculture. “Is the way we’ve done it in the past the way we need to be doing it in the future?” she asks.
It’s a fair question, given the nation’s increasing vulnerability to drought, fire and flood. And it’s one...
|Paws for thought »|
Three years ago Aticia Grey was taking such wonderful photos of the dogs just on her iPhone that she became a hit on social media and was soon selling individual images and calendars. She’s upgraded her equipment now, but the more expensive SLR still cops just as a rough time as she alternates between travelling on the road with her dogs, doing contract sheepwork, and working on the two...
|Pretty endangered »|
South Australia has lost one of its best-looking residents. In the past year or so it has been confirmed that the mallee emu-wren – a cute little bird with a lilac blue face, a 6-centimetre body and an ornate 9cm long tail – has become extinct in the state. Its only remaining populations are in a few isolated spots in western Victoria.
Associate Professor David Paton of the...