Saturday, 31 March 2012

Do you have a good farm blog to recommend?

If you're a fan of a particular farm blog (not you own) and it's not listed on the current blog roll, please don't hesitate to contact me at

All I need is the following:
a) The name of the blog
b) the url and link
c) a sentence or two or three as to why you think it merits being listed among the best farm blogs in the world.

I haven't had any new recommendations in a while. Does this mean I've gathered all the best farm blogs already?

Surely not.

Please, send me your recommendations.

If you'd like to recommend yourself and see your own blog listed, try and persuade one of the bloggers already listed to recommend you.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Wild Dog Problems

From: Allan Evans

Sheep & wool producer

Corryong Victoria


We need to do a better job of wild dogs

Dear Editor,

I ask our community and government to consider this:

Sheep killed on our property: 86

Wild dogs: 19 shot, 7 trapped

Where: Less than 6km from Corryong

Time: 5½ months

Our neighbour lost 14 sheep in this time – he has the luxury of being able to bring his flock in close to his house. I don’t. Another few kilometres from our farm, 12 dogs were seen harassing a calf, only one of these dogs has been shot.

As producers we are not sitting on our hands. I have just electrified a further 2.5km of fence but the actions of individual producers are not enough. We desperately need a co-ordinated, proactive approach with strong frontline support from the Department of Primary Industries and the Department of Sustainability.

Wild dogs are a nightmare. For me the continuous onslaught has been worse than any drought. The inevitability of it wears you down. More than once I’ve thought of giving up farming altogether.

Our control approach must be practical, it’s got to work, and it is here department policy makers are making some serious mistakes.

Their worst so far has been the invention of the 3km buffer zone around our Crown lands and parks which means that trapping in this restricted area is the only sanctioned emergency response to dog attacks. To lay baits inside or outside the buffer zone, the DPI must apply to DSE, which manages Crown land, for a permit which can take weeks.

I cannot for the life of me understand what purpose this buffer zone serves apart from protecting wild dogs. What about our native wild life? Wild dogs have wiped out the mob of red-necked wallabies on our property. Where’s their buffer zone?

Wild dog control is a shared responsibility but none of us have any hope while we’re working at cross purposes.

DSE is hampering DPI’s dog control efforts by failing to control its blackberries which provide dogs with protection and food (by encouraging rabbits and deer).

In turn, DPI is thwarting its doggers’ efforts by implementing this ridiculous buffer zone and by tying up their valuable time with administration tasks rather than allowing them to get out and do what they do best. More administrative support for doggers would translate into better dog control.

Dogs can travel large distances very quickly. Doggers should be able to trap and poison on all roads and tracks for at least 15km into the bush without the need for permits.

This is our shared responsibility NOW. We have to act NOW. Ineffective actions that give lip service to wild dog control are not helping anyone. Not me, not other producers, not our irreplaceable native wild life. In the bush, dogs are the top of the food chain and as their numbers grow, everything else vanishes.

Yours sincerely,

Allan Evans

Friday, 23 March 2012

Walnut problems

Hi, We have a small farm 5 acres of olive trees near Pescara, Italy.

I have three walnut trees and about 15% of the walnuts when picked are black and inedible. Sometimes I have seen a small worm type maggot in some healthy ones. Is there any spray I could use to eradicate the problem?




There's a spray for everything. Why don't you just let nature take her 15% and leave it at that.

You could of course try speaking with a native of Pescara but I'm happy to post your question.