Harry, our bus driver, gives us a discussion of camels http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/invasive/publications/camel/index.html. Abandoned by their Middle Eastern handlers when railways and trucks took over distribution of goods and commodities throughout the great deserts of
There is a large enclosed pipe along the road here, which delivers
Areas along the roadway show that on occasion, fairly rich farmland gives way in low areas to almost barren, swampy sites. This is where salt has risen to ground level. Close to these areas are usually patches of salt bush, which is a crop http://www.abc.net.au/landline/stories/s331210.htm. One result is sheep fed on salt bush creates a lamb that is a delicacy in some regions, so-called “saltbush lamb.” http://www.bultarra.com.au/.
An interesting and well written article by Shelley Gare, The Sting, The Weekend Australian Magazine, September 15-16, 2007 http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22417482-5012694,00.html
reveals the depth of press coverage Colony Collapse Disorder is receiving in
Ian Zadow is president of the local association, the southeastern branch of the South Australia Apiarist’s Assocation http://www.honeybee.org.au/members.htm#SAAA. There are other branches in this state, including riverland, northeast and central, representing about 800 beekeepers running 64,000 hives. There is also an amateur association, which Ian says is entering into an arrangement with commercial beekeepers to develop a 5-year strategic plan.
The newest crop in the region is canola http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola, which has come on strong in the last few years and considered a great resource for beekeepers. The big crops here are oats, barley and
We proceed to Mr. Barry Pobke's apiary, where we see a demonstration of a forklift and various pallets being moved. He has a solar panel on his forklift to help maintain a trickle charge. He shows us his record keeping system; most beekeepers in
We have a farewell barbecue hosted by the Zadows and others in Tintinara http://www.smh.com.au/news/South-Australia/Tintinara/2005/02/17/1108500204720.html
at the local meeting house, also a theater, containing historical items and pictures. We feast on Coorong mullet http://www.abc.net.au/tv/cookandchef/txt/s1865509.htm. Originally the tour was to be to the Corrong http://www.thecoorong.com/exploring.html but this was deleted from the itinerary. We return to