The Farmers

Every Australian farmer is in an eternal struggle, with his/her land, and with the bank.

The mail arrives and in one envelope is the bank statement decorated in bright red for most of them, and in another, an approval to kill 10% of the “grasshoppers” on their property, fully aware that no one will check how many they actually kill.

A carer, on the other hand is inspected by the Department of Environment & Science Queensland, to ensure we are giving proper care to the same animals those other people slaughter when our iconic wildlife migrate onto their properties after we release them.

When describing the number of kangaroos on a property, a farmer will invariably say “oooh they’re in plllaaaaggguuueee proportions son”.

If a farmer sees 5, that is apparently a plague. 5,000 kangaroos on a half million hectare property, is almost none. That’s one kangaroo per hundred hectares. Plague proportions indeed!

Feed lot lies:

  • Macropods are migratory. They don’t stay for long if they haven’t been fenced in prior to the water supply being poisoned with urea.
  • It takes 4.38 kangaroos to eat the same amount as a bred for slaughter sheep. Not 5 kangaroos = 1 sheep.
  • It takes 125 kangaroos to eat as much as one bred for slaughter steer.
  • It takes 175 kangaroos to eat the same amount as a single herd bull, on a bred for slaughter property.

Normal farming/grazing truths..

  • Farmers have no idea how many roos are on their property.
  • They don’t count how many they slaughter.
  • They know that no-one will check how many they slaughter.
  • They exaggerate about the damage done to their property.
  • The damage they suffer is in their bank balance.
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