Monday, September 27, 2021

NBN connection OK

 The farm is now back on line. An NBN technician arrived this morning, set up a new antenna and attached our existing modem, so we are now back to our usual email and internet activity. Just as well we no longer bother with social media because our Facebok contacts would have wondered where we had gone!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Fresh pasta great with free range eggs

 As we have plenty of eggs, Anne has been busy making pasta (amongst many other dishes).

Monday, September 13, 2021

Ginger plants in farm veggie/herb garden

 Three Japanese ginger plants are thriving in our vegetable garden. They add to the great array of plants which complement Anne's cooking skills. The garden is small, but it supplies most of our culinery needs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Moving on the same property. National Broadband Network complaint

 At Freeranger Eggs, we are in the process of moving from the main house on the farm to a smaller home towards the front of the property. This is causing total disruption to our telephone and internet services as we have to reorganise the NBN connection. This follows chaos caused by high winds which knocked out power here for a few days. That left us without any communications as the landline now relies on the internet connection and mobile towers were not functioning. The main advantage of the other house is that it is more compact and easier to heat. We have transferred our Stanley slow combustion stove to the new location.We have no idea how long it will take to get everything finalised - one  piece  of advice was to buy a Nighthawk2 modem to provide internet asnd phone services for both houses. Our ISP said that probably won't work and we need a second NBN connection,   But now NBN say they won't install a second connection on the property! Our ISP tells us thast we could revert to the old copperwire system We have lodged a complaint witrh the Minister for Communications. Paul Fletcher, and the Ombudsman. Since being contacted by the Ombudsman, our ISP, Swoop Broadband has got itself into gear and is talking to NBN.Hopefully the Minister will help because the Telecommunications Ombudsman isn't able to deal with complaints against NBN. We have bow contacted Telstra to see if they can help, An added complication is our adress. Some time ago, incompetent bureaaucrats in Canberra decided that our address should be changed from Grantville to Glen Forbes . Chaos has ensued since then!  

Monday, July 12, 2021

Intensive egg production lobby

 Corporate egg producers are still trying to convince consumers that internsive production systems are good for hen welfare. Lobby group, Australian Eggs, is funding research aimed at countering views that confing chickens in sheds is detrimental for poultry. CCTV monitoring and artificial intelligence systems are being developed to track hen behaviour in sheds.

Researchers from the University of Technology, Sydney, a Victorian veterinary epiidemiologist and a Queensland Vet are developing the monitoring system which is expected to be ready by the end of this year.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Community research on egg industry demonstrates benefits ofpublic relations and advertising

 A community survey to explore the impacts of the egg industry was undertaken by CSIRO between April 27 and June 5, 2020. Funded by Australian Eggs, the research was part of a three-year program examining the relationship between the egg industry and the Australian community.

key findings from the 2019 survey are that trust in the egg industry and acceptance of it among the Australian public has improved. This is likely the product of improvements in how responsive the industry is perceived to be to community interest in sustainability issues, a belief that the industry is governed effectively and maintains strong standards, and retains very strong positive values. It demonstrated that an extensive advertising and public relations program can succeed in altering community views.

Animal welfare remained a priority issue for the egg industry, with a large proportion of participants feeling that egg farmers need to do more to improve poultry living conditions. While the public indicated they may be willing to pay more for eggs to ensure that health standards in egg production are strictly audited, they do not feel the same about paying extra to support egg farmers investing in higher welfare standards.

The 2019 findings also indicated shifting perceptions about the environmental aspects of sustainability in the egg industry. There was a substantial increase in the number of Australians who felt that egg farming was a good use of land, and lower in environmental impact than other industries. As global interest in environmental sustainability continues to rise, this feature of the egg industry may come to play an increasingly prominent role in its value proposition to Australians.

The 2019 community survey showed that Australians that hold critical views about the egg industry can change their perspective over time. The comparison of those people that completed the survey in 2018 and 2019 demonstrated that sentiment toward an industry can improve with industry action on its core challenges and the way that it engages the public in its work to be more sustainable.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Victoria's COVID lockdown chaos

 Frequent lockdowns by the Victorian Government have created massive problems for individuals and businesses of all types. The worst effects are felt by small enterprises such as Freeranger Eggs which had to cut production. We normally run four or five flocks of about 200 hens each, but are now reduced to just one flock.

Politicians and bureaucrats have no idea abourt the chaos their decisions create – they are insulated from everyday issues by their inflated salaries and employment packages.