Slight ramblings…

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The big switch…

January 10th, 2013 · No Comments

So i’m changing my local. No, my local pub (because I don’t have one) but my local supermarket.

Im actually changing to a different shopping centre entirely.

Ive done this for a few reasons:

  1. I decided to put my money where my mouth is, if I was encouraging other people to to think about choice when buying food, well i needed to do it too.
  2. The new shopping centre also has a butcher, a baker, a bottle shop and a takeaway located in it so I have a different range of things I can buy.
  3. I want to support a Canberran Supermarket, Supabarn

So there are a few reasons im changing supermarkets.

I have been asked why I even shop at a supermarket at all, the simple reason is that there are plenty of items that I cant get from a farmers market or anywhere else.

Will I promise ever to ever shop or even step in to a duopoly supermarket again?? No, its totally unrealistic for me to say this as there may be a time where there is no alternative.

Im still going to go to the Farmers Market when I get a chance too but its nearly impossible during Rugby Season so when I cant make it here I will shop at Supabarn for my Fruit & Vegtables too.

Costco 6L Vodka bottles

Costco 6L Vodka bottles

Ive decided to do most of my shopping at Supabarn on Thursdays as there are discounts that apply (up to 10%) which is great if I  do a fortnightly shop and spend a few hundred dollars at a time.

I haven’t closely looked at the quality of the meat that Supabarn sell but there is a butcher in the complex so im not too worried  about my biggest spend in the fortnightly shop going to waste on poor quality. Ive already got my keying rewards card so im  ready to start earning!

But for the main shopping I will be doing will be at Supabarn. Ive changed my shopping habits, have you?As I said before I may  still shop at other supermarkets, Aldi comes to mind for the quality of the cleaning products and im also a member of CostCo,  which has good quality and prices. I advise anyone throwing a party to become a member as it will pay for itself in the first shop  though you need to be prepared to buy in bulk (Anyone for 50 rolls of paper towel or a 6L bottle of Vodka?)

Ive started to change my shopping habits, are you doing something similar?

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The double-edged Sword…

August 16th, 2012 · No Comments

This is  a post I have been thinking about for a while but a tweet from Vana (@wimmerachic ) has finally made me put pen to paper.

Last night Vana Tweeted about the sponsorship of a weekly times competition by supermarket Coles, Vana tweeted:

The simple answer to all this is money!! Basically when you are putting on an event and need money to fund it you look to big business first.

I can totally understand Vana’s outrage in learning that a publication that has built up a trust with rural readers has gotten in to bed with one of the supermarket duopoly (And Vana isnt the only one, it had at least 15 ReTweets… ). But this isn’t an isolated case, so lets look at his some more.

Part of the reason that Coles have money to sponsor and tell everyone they support Australian Farmers is because they are sending those same farmers broke by not paying them a fair price for their produce (but that is another post for another time) but the fact remains, when an Ag show/event/conference need sponsorship they turn to those who have money. Its all well and good to say that they shouldn’t be accepting money from coles and the resulting PR storm that may happen because they have, I doubt there will be little more than a ripple about this.

Look at what happened when Year of the Farmer announced Woolworths as a sponsor, nothing!

They didn’t give up the millions that Woolworths reportedly gave them because of the negative publicity and people continue to talk about year of the farmer so that says to me they have accepted the involvement from the supermarket giant.

Lets look at another example: We keep hearing about big banks not lowering Agribusiness loans and keeping rates high but the Commonwealth Bank is sponsoring Agquip, again not much being said about this despite the fact that they have been the major sponsor since 1981!

Big Business and so called “Big Ag” often get criticised about their sponsorship of events and the people accepting the sponsorship get even more flack for taking the ‘tainted’ money but the fact is if we want rural areas to grow we need these Ag events/field days/conferences/ competitions /other to keep happening in rural areas. The only way that they will happen is that they get sponsorship to hold them.

I actually think people should take advantage of this!! Do you have a local event etc that could do with some money? Hit Coles and Woolworths up, ge them to fund something you are doing so you can put on an even better show

Right now they are trying to tell anyone that will listen how supportive of Aussie Farmers they are, so lets put them to the test!

Coles and Woolworths both have Community pages so get to it and get some money!


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Is it worth it?

August 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment

There has been ongoing discussion online recently about the value of joining a State Farming Organisation (SFO) Before I go any further in this post I want to make one thing very clear: I dont want to start anymore Farmer “Representative Organisations” We have more than enough!

What we need to look at now are current SFO’s and what they offer in membership terms.

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Revisiting #client

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

I wrote a post back in January about the importance of being open about getting paid to promote things on Twitter.

The reason that I bring it up again is that I recently saw someone on the #agchatoz stream actually using it! [Read more →]

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May 27th, 2012 · No Comments


I often get asked what apps I use and how many are really out there for Agriculture. The number of Agriculture Apps is growing but just because an app isnt soley focused on Ag doesnt mean it should be disregarded, below are 16* Apps that I use very often and you may even find useful too.

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A favourite?

April 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Twitter is a great tool which I use daily to great effect! (Well I think so!!) and it has a heap of features that people know about, but it also has some that people dont know about or bother to use, one of those is the favourites feature.

The favourites feature was a way for you to agree with a tweet that you agreed with, similar to the facebook ‘like’ button but I dont use it like that at all. I like to use it as a personal Twitter bookmarking service!

I mostly favourite tweets when I want to look over them and respond but dont have time, when a tweet contains a descriptive link that I might like to view later, it might even just be a funny tweet/something that made me think/ or reminder for me to do something!

Whatever it is, I favourite it so I can easily access it at a later stage and doing it takes no time at all but it does save me lots of time looking through my tweetstream finding what I want to read

I go back through my favorites every few week and unfavourite ones that are out of date, no longer relevant or simply ones that I have read but enen after that I still have a heap of tweets favourited for various reasons

So there you have it, a very quick rundown on a feature that not many people use but something I find a very useful tool

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The cost of Quality?

March 26th, 2012 · 5 Comments

So a few days ago I gate crashed a conversation between Richard Gunner (@Richard_Gunner) and Jamie Ramage (@ramagerural) were having about the Lamb Industry and the push from it to reduce the cost of production (COP) while keeping a high quality product. Since then a whole range of people (Some of who I mention here) have weighed in online including Darryn (@kelpiestockdogs) Corey (@coreyblacksell) Dariy Park (@DairyPark) and also Rob (@korellup) have had their say (as well as a few more that arent mentioned here). [Read more →]

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Teach the Teacher (Relief)

March 6th, 2012 · 1 Comment

There was outrage on twitter today, thankfully not after something i’d said (this time…) but over an article in the media that reported the findings from a Primary Industries Education Foundation showing a lack of basic knowledge in Agriculture. While the report is concerning, it’s not the “wake up call” that Cameron Archer (PIEF Chairman) stated today. It really isn’t, the really alarming thing is that we are shocked by this!

There is an ever increasing gap between the person who grows our food and the people that eat it and while its not the main point of this particular blog post, it is something that needs to be kept in mind.

The first thing I will say on the findings of the study is that not matter how much money we tip in to the education of young Australians, we will never ever have results that say that 100% of kids know that cotton doesn’t come from an animal but a plant! We should pour a lot more money in to it just the same and we should aim high as rely


So lets think about this, how do we teach Kids some basic ag knowledge, im not talking about teaching grade 3 students about yield calculations or programming the autosteer inputs (though they may be better at it) just basic knowledge because Agriculture is NOT in the National Curriculum .

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To block? Or not to block

March 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Ron Paynter recently asked me about blocking people on twitter and when people should block. I think it a great question so I promised Ron a blog on the topic.
The first thing you should know is that there are no set rules around blocking, it very much personal preference.
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Getting In (Pt 4) – Codename Bravo

February 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Below is a table of 10 different places within a 50km radius of my house in Canberra that I am considering leasing (not agisting) [Read more →]

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