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My Social Media “Crusade”

Driving around with Rick the other day, fixing a bore, looking at some very poor conditioned cattle, knowing if it doesn’t rain soon our steers will start to die if we don’t do something about it, was quite depressing. We have taken over a new block which still has some good dry feed on it and we are in the process of putting down two more bores so the steers can access that feed. The steers will go there just as soon as we are able to water them, but at this stage we are relying on others, waiting for tanks and submersible solar driven pumps to arrive.

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Driving around the other day gave me plenty time to think and talk to Rick. He calls my time spent using social media “my crusade” and he isn’t too sure if he agrees with me and he questions whether it will make a difference. He asks who will care about the last two years plus, that I have given to activities on social media. But it isn’t just me about me.  There are many others doing the same thing. He questions me about “forgetting about Goodwood”, but I told him I’m doing it for Goodwood. I strongly believe that it needs to be done, so that if our grandkids want to come home they can. I love Goodwood, my life, my business that much that I feel I need to fight for it and using social media is now part of that ‘fight’. Social media is a tool for making Australians aware of the realities of farming in this beautiful land and not leaving it to radical activists to pass around, unchallenged, utter nonsense and half truths about our pastoral industries.

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Rick is the Mayor of Boulia Shire and a true leader in my eyes. He has made some wonderful connections in local government circles and has achieved a lot. He doesn’t  yet fully comprehend just how deeply involved I am in this telling of our story using social media, but then again, his head is all about keeping cattle alive and dealing with this drought on a shire level. That, in itself, is a herculean task. However, I’ve explained to Rick that being vocal on social media can make a difference. It is a new tool farmers can use to widen their connections and to tell their ‘story’. I also believe in standing up for what is right. My forebears and fellow Australians didn’t toil and struggle, or go to war, to let us live this wonderful Australian life to let ill-informed people walk all over us because of their own warped agenda.

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At the beginning of my “crusade” I became frustrated at reading what groups like Animals Australia has spread around the internet about farming and farmers in this country. I engaged with people from all walks of life and, thankfully, a good many were after the truth. It dawned on me “why don’t people ask farmers, instead of listening to the rubbish the hard core animal activists preach.” I am proud to say I was one of the eight founding members of Ask An Aussie Farmer on Facebook. I have since stepped down from a position as one of the administrators on that Facebook page, but Kylie Stretton and her crew have developed it into a valuable and growing resource where Australians can ask questions of the nation’s farmers, who are the real experts on animal welfare and land management.

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The simple fact is that, if animal farmers aren’t looking after their animals and their land, they have no business. It really is that simple

 

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