Trying to pull the wool over our eyes has a cost
Recent letters to the press have suggested that the ABC exhibits an antipathy towards farmers.
I think the ABC is also averse to other industries.
History tells us that Australia was developed on the sheep’s back, but ABC activism has cost our sheep farmers many millions of dollars.
First it was the ABC’s campaign against the mules operation, a confronting practice developed to protect our wool-producing Merino sheep from flystrike.
A sheep struck by a primary blowfly will die a horrible death, as seething maggots turn their wool into a putrid, rotting mass that eventually causes the unfortunate animal to die from blood poisoning.
If, however, it is struck by the secondary blow fly, the animal is slowly eaten alive by big, hairy maggots.
Although they are fully aware that mulesing Merino lambs is the right thing to do, many farmers find the practice confronting.
When they were portrayed as cruel, uncaring monsters by the unknowing ABC-led media over this issue, rather than leaving their animals unprotected, they abandon Merino sheep altogether and turned to fat lamb production.
Because of this change, hundreds of farmers have missed out on the recent boom in wool prices, and wool production in Australia has been decimated.
Then, despite the fact that live sheep have been transported by ship since the First Fleet, it seems that ABC activism has effectively destroyed the live sheep trade.
Not content with the damage thus far inflicted, the ABC has now launched a disgraceful attack on the world’s universally acclaimed herbicide, glyphosate.
This chemical, as well as controlling weeds in crops, is used in the practice known as spray-topping.
The chemical is sprayed on the pasture just prior to maturity.
This has the effect of turning the pasture into a version of standing hay and prevents the seeds of barley grass, brome grass and other plants from developing and becoming stuck in the eyes and wool of sheep.
Glyphosate is both invaluable and irreplaceable. As someone who has used glyphosate every year since it became available, I believe it to be, by far, the safest chemical on the farm, much safer than common household products like paints, detergents, air fresheners, hair sprays and cosmetic creams.
But, ABC activism against the sheep and wool industry is less damaging to the industry than its attacks on the huge coal industry, prompted by the ABC’s adopted role as cheerleader for the global warming scam.
Perhaps it is time for a royal commission into the ABC? Bruce Harvey, Hylows, Moorine Rock