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An agricultural podcast that brings together farmers, scientists, consumers, industry and thought leaders to try and answer those tricky but crucial questions everyone else is avoiding.

Latest Episodes

Why aren't producers engaged with industry representation?

Why don't we see greater numbers of cattle producers actively engaging in industry affairs these days? A question put forward by James Nason, publisher of Beef Central (http://www.beefcentral.com/). There's an Elephant in My Paddock host Nicole Bond and producer Jayne Cuddihy hit the phones and gauge interest from a grass roots level, talking to several producers about their engagement with industry bodies. They also get some answers from industry 'agvocate' and beef producer Josie Angus-https://www.signaturebeef.com.au/signature-story.html. Daniel Meade from Victoria completed a Nuffield Scholarship on why producers aren't as engaged with industry issues and offers some practical solutions as to how to better engage them. Download his report here. https://nuffield.com.au/daniel-meade/

61 MINJAN 13
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Why aren't producers engaged with industry representation?

Should we maintain a national core breeding herd and flock?

Mike Stephens from Meridian Ag has asked a particularly sticky question in this episode. It turns out everyone is thinking about it, but no one has the answer... or do they? Join host Nicole Bond as she chats to Chris Mirams, the executive chair of the Sheep Producers Association of Australia, Stephen Moore, General Manager - Corporate and Commercial for the Northern Australia Pastoral Company and the Cattle Council's Olivia Lawson.

60 MIN2019 NOV 29
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Should we maintain a national core breeding herd and flock?

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Australia's rural vet crisis

Australian animal vets graduate knowing that several of their alumni will suicide during the course of their careers. Does that shock you? It shocked our host Nicole Bond when journalist Sally Cripps brought up the subject. In this episode we delve deep into the crisis facing our rural vets- a shocking suicide rate, poor rates of pay, emotional blackmail and a crippling workload. Join us for a candid conversation with Dr Libby Harriman, Dr Glenn Keneally and Ellen Buckle from the Australia Cattle Vets Association as they discuss everything from the changing roles of large animal vets, the bio-security of our nation and how to look after a crucial industry.

70 MIN2019 SEP 13
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There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Australia's rural vet crisis

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- LIVE at the QRRRWN's Ekka High Tea

This episode was recorded LIVE from the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network's High Tea at Queensland's Ekka. Hosted by Nicole Bond and produced by Jayne Cuddihy the question for the amazing panellists centres around creativity and the marketing and monetising of it. Including photographer Edwina Robertson, Rural Room's Bec Bignall, Charlotte Durack of Agri Creative and author and flower arranger extraordinaire Annabelle Hickson this is a vibrant and inspiring conversation not to be missed.

71 MIN2019 AUG 16
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There's an Elephant in my Paddock- LIVE at the QRRRWN's Ekka High Tea

There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller has made a name for herself internationally as the Farm Babe... dedicated to busting myths in the agricultural sector and advocating on behalf of industry. She hails from a farm in Iowa, America and recently visited North Queensland to speak about the role advocacy and storytelling play in modern agriculture. Earlier this year we put out a podcast episode with experts discussing what hinders rural Australia from finding their voice (listen here if you missed it) and Michelle also has some thoughts on the subject.

17 MIN2019 JUL 17
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There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Michelle Miller

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- political disconnect

Renowned Australian rural journalist Peter Lewis asks about a rising level of frustration about existing political representation. What needs to happen to the Australian political landscape to address the big challenges that the bush faces now and that they will face in the short to medium term? It's a big question but our guests tackle it with fierce passion and intelligence. A daughter of a Singaporean migrant, author and journalist Gabrielle Chan grew up in Sydney but followed her heart to a rural area to live. Her latest book Rusted Off delves deep into the issues and disgruntlement with rural voters with their political representation. Vaughn Johnson was the member for Gregory in Western Queensland for 25 years. A staunch National Party member, he sometimes flirted with controversy when towing the party line. He says things will get worse before they get better. He's also a grazier and not only grew up in the bush, but has lived there ever since. Dr Kim Houghton is a co- CEO of...

68 MIN2019 MAY 15
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There's an Elephant in my Paddock- political disconnect

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Rural Towns

What measures can be taken to taken to stop people leaving small towns? It's a question that bothers many small communities all over the World, but in this episode of There's an Elephant in my Paddock we shine the spotlight on a small town in Western Queensland has come back from the brink. Matt Bennetto is a grazier and small business owner in Charters Towers and also chairs AgForce North. He joins our host Nicole Bond to ask the tricky questions about the PR problems in rural Australia and what can be done to keep businesses in the bush. They are joined by Jane McNamara- the Mayor of the Flinders Shire in North-Western Queensland. She's taken an innovative approach to diversifying industry in the area and it's paying off dividends. Neil Argent is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of New England. He's done extensive research on understanding the factors and processes that make robust and sustainable rural communities and Ross Maclean is the managing partner of Maclea...

63 MIN2019 APR 11
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There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Rural Towns

There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Julia Telford

Julia Telford is one of the most influential women in Australia in 2018, according to the Australian Financial Review. She's also the founder of Engage & Create Consulting- working with rural and remote businesses, industry groups and community organisations across Australia. Her Elephant in the Paddock is about making difficult decisions... and really honing in on exiting the rural industry gracefully. To talk about- and hopefully answer her question, we've enlisted the expertise of • Alison Larard- an agribusiness and finance specialist. She's on the board of the Rural FinancialCounselling Service and has recently wrapped up a Nuffield Scholarship focussing on better business management and succession planning in north Queensland beef businesses. • Mark McGovern- visiting fellow at the school of economics and finance at the Queensland University of Technology with substantial experience government, trade and rural industries. • Dr Lisa Patterson Kane- a psychologist, specialisi...

76 MIN2019 FEB 6
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There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Julia Telford

There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Georgie Somerset

AgForce's new President Georgie Somerset ponders a question that's been irking her for some time. What hinders rural Australia from finding its voice? Join host Nicole Bond as she engages some brilliant minds in conversation to try and get some answers! Georgie Somerset is the President of Agforce in Queensland. She is also a cattle grazier and a fierce advocate for remote and regional businesses, women and development. There's an Elephant in my Paddock host Nicole Bond put Georgie's question to a number of experienced professionals in the hope of finding an answer! Susan Lyons is an independent strategy consultant who has developed marketing and customer strategies for 15 years. She's worked on some of the country's largest brands while a Director at PwC and previously lead advertising strategies for Australia's most successful and effective advertising agencies CHE Proximity and Clemenger Melbourne. Sue Francis is a cattle producer from Dorrigo in New South Wales with a far rangin...

48 MIN2018 DEC 21
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There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Georgie Somerset
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Latest Episodes

Why aren't producers engaged with industry representation?

Why don't we see greater numbers of cattle producers actively engaging in industry affairs these days? A question put forward by James Nason, publisher of Beef Central (http://www.beefcentral.com/). There's an Elephant in My Paddock host Nicole Bond and producer Jayne Cuddihy hit the phones and gauge interest from a grass roots level, talking to several producers about their engagement with industry bodies. They also get some answers from industry 'agvocate' and beef producer Josie Angus-https://www.signaturebeef.com.au/signature-story.html. Daniel Meade from Victoria completed a Nuffield Scholarship on why producers aren't as engaged with industry issues and offers some practical solutions as to how to better engage them. Download his report here. https://nuffield.com.au/daniel-meade/

61 MINJAN 13
Comments
Why aren't producers engaged with industry representation?

Should we maintain a national core breeding herd and flock?

Mike Stephens from Meridian Ag has asked a particularly sticky question in this episode. It turns out everyone is thinking about it, but no one has the answer... or do they? Join host Nicole Bond as she chats to Chris Mirams, the executive chair of the Sheep Producers Association of Australia, Stephen Moore, General Manager - Corporate and Commercial for the Northern Australia Pastoral Company and the Cattle Council's Olivia Lawson.

60 MIN2019 NOV 29
Comments
Should we maintain a national core breeding herd and flock?

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Australia's rural vet crisis

Australian animal vets graduate knowing that several of their alumni will suicide during the course of their careers. Does that shock you? It shocked our host Nicole Bond when journalist Sally Cripps brought up the subject. In this episode we delve deep into the crisis facing our rural vets- a shocking suicide rate, poor rates of pay, emotional blackmail and a crippling workload. Join us for a candid conversation with Dr Libby Harriman, Dr Glenn Keneally and Ellen Buckle from the Australia Cattle Vets Association as they discuss everything from the changing roles of large animal vets, the bio-security of our nation and how to look after a crucial industry.

70 MIN2019 SEP 13
Comments
There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Australia's rural vet crisis

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- LIVE at the QRRRWN's Ekka High Tea

This episode was recorded LIVE from the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network's High Tea at Queensland's Ekka. Hosted by Nicole Bond and produced by Jayne Cuddihy the question for the amazing panellists centres around creativity and the marketing and monetising of it. Including photographer Edwina Robertson, Rural Room's Bec Bignall, Charlotte Durack of Agri Creative and author and flower arranger extraordinaire Annabelle Hickson this is a vibrant and inspiring conversation not to be missed.

71 MIN2019 AUG 16
Comments
There's an Elephant in my Paddock- LIVE at the QRRRWN's Ekka High Tea

There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller has made a name for herself internationally as the Farm Babe... dedicated to busting myths in the agricultural sector and advocating on behalf of industry. She hails from a farm in Iowa, America and recently visited North Queensland to speak about the role advocacy and storytelling play in modern agriculture. Earlier this year we put out a podcast episode with experts discussing what hinders rural Australia from finding their voice (listen here if you missed it) and Michelle also has some thoughts on the subject.

17 MIN2019 JUL 17
Comments
There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Michelle Miller

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- political disconnect

Renowned Australian rural journalist Peter Lewis asks about a rising level of frustration about existing political representation. What needs to happen to the Australian political landscape to address the big challenges that the bush faces now and that they will face in the short to medium term? It's a big question but our guests tackle it with fierce passion and intelligence. A daughter of a Singaporean migrant, author and journalist Gabrielle Chan grew up in Sydney but followed her heart to a rural area to live. Her latest book Rusted Off delves deep into the issues and disgruntlement with rural voters with their political representation. Vaughn Johnson was the member for Gregory in Western Queensland for 25 years. A staunch National Party member, he sometimes flirted with controversy when towing the party line. He says things will get worse before they get better. He's also a grazier and not only grew up in the bush, but has lived there ever since. Dr Kim Houghton is a co- CEO of...

68 MIN2019 MAY 15
Comments
There's an Elephant in my Paddock- political disconnect

There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Rural Towns

What measures can be taken to taken to stop people leaving small towns? It's a question that bothers many small communities all over the World, but in this episode of There's an Elephant in my Paddock we shine the spotlight on a small town in Western Queensland has come back from the brink. Matt Bennetto is a grazier and small business owner in Charters Towers and also chairs AgForce North. He joins our host Nicole Bond to ask the tricky questions about the PR problems in rural Australia and what can be done to keep businesses in the bush. They are joined by Jane McNamara- the Mayor of the Flinders Shire in North-Western Queensland. She's taken an innovative approach to diversifying industry in the area and it's paying off dividends. Neil Argent is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of New England. He's done extensive research on understanding the factors and processes that make robust and sustainable rural communities and Ross Maclean is the managing partner of Maclea...

63 MIN2019 APR 11
Comments
There's an Elephant in my Paddock- Rural Towns

There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Julia Telford

Julia Telford is one of the most influential women in Australia in 2018, according to the Australian Financial Review. She's also the founder of Engage & Create Consulting- working with rural and remote businesses, industry groups and community organisations across Australia. Her Elephant in the Paddock is about making difficult decisions... and really honing in on exiting the rural industry gracefully. To talk about- and hopefully answer her question, we've enlisted the expertise of • Alison Larard- an agribusiness and finance specialist. She's on the board of the Rural FinancialCounselling Service and has recently wrapped up a Nuffield Scholarship focussing on better business management and succession planning in north Queensland beef businesses. • Mark McGovern- visiting fellow at the school of economics and finance at the Queensland University of Technology with substantial experience government, trade and rural industries. • Dr Lisa Patterson Kane- a psychologist, specialisi...

76 MIN2019 FEB 6
Comments
There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Julia Telford

There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Georgie Somerset

AgForce's new President Georgie Somerset ponders a question that's been irking her for some time. What hinders rural Australia from finding its voice? Join host Nicole Bond as she engages some brilliant minds in conversation to try and get some answers! Georgie Somerset is the President of Agforce in Queensland. She is also a cattle grazier and a fierce advocate for remote and regional businesses, women and development. There's an Elephant in my Paddock host Nicole Bond put Georgie's question to a number of experienced professionals in the hope of finding an answer! Susan Lyons is an independent strategy consultant who has developed marketing and customer strategies for 15 years. She's worked on some of the country's largest brands while a Director at PwC and previously lead advertising strategies for Australia's most successful and effective advertising agencies CHE Proximity and Clemenger Melbourne. Sue Francis is a cattle producer from Dorrigo in New South Wales with a far rangin...

48 MIN2018 DEC 21
Comments
There's an Elephant in my Paddock with Georgie Somerset
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