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Comment on Buffel inaction makes mockery of parks hype by Steve Brown.

It may come as a total shock to the collective commenters on this page, but the money that makes the world go round, pays the welfare cheques, has to be earned!
The food that you put in your mouth has to be produced, or you starve!
Now here’s a tricky bit for you. Buffel grass is … you guessed it, it is grass!
Grass feeds livestock! Livestock feeds you while also earning from buyers around the world those precious dollars you expect in your pocket every week.
And here’s another surprising fact for you, the reason we were suppressing dust was because … wait for it … previously there was very little grass, native or otherwise, to hold our soils together!
Buffel was introduced to tackle dust and to provide feed for livestock. It has been astoundingly successful on both fronts.
So successful at holding our soils together, minimising run off, improving soil fertility that today we are producing many times what we once did off this country.
You may not necessarily think that this is a good thing, but you should understand that the reason the world supports the vast population of humanity that it does today is because of our ingenuity in getting the most from the earth by farming.
If we were to take away that farming billions of people would starve! Are you volunteering to be one of them? Buffel is part of the answer in improving our pasture. Improving pasture is farming!
Now I acknowledge that buffel poses a whole lot more management problems than deserts sands and sure its a pain in the proverbial in the garden, but next time your wrestling with a bush or waxing lyrical about how hot it burns think of this: The reason it burns hotter than other grasses is because it contains more energy than other grasses!
The firies will tell you it is fuel. They’re wrong its not fuel, its food!
That food may very well be the only thing keeping you and yours in existence on this planet!
So let’s try a bit of commonsense when it comes to buffel.
Of course it needs more intensive management. Burning, except when absolutely necessary, should not be part of that management because fire and buffel combined do immense damage!
Buffel should be grazed even in national parks.
As for buffel harming tourism – BS!
Not one visitor in a hundred thousand would know anything about it unless you poisoned the well for them!
I am absolutely certain our visitors would love to see local stockmen at work herding cattle in our parks, providing Dude Ranch style opportunities, great for jobs, great for our economy.
Great idea, instead of sitting around winging about it get up off your backsides and take up some of the opportunities it offers. We can only hope!

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Buffel inaction makes mockery of parks hype
@ Ian: As a school teacher I though you might have been able to a least dignify your profession with a semi intelligent comment.
While I expect the blind unthinking comments from those who are so embarrassed by their own comment they won’t put their names to them, I must say I would have expected better from you.
Buffel is a grass, a grass that is used across this country as pasture for all kinds of livestock.
If we were to take the enormous risk of introducing a biological control there is every chance we would be shooting ourselves in the foot again with the huge risk of cross over into other grass species.
Why is this dangerous? It’s dangerous because we are not talking about a few buffel plants in Central Australia, we are talking about a pasture plants that feed livestock across this country and the world.
If this country can’t produce enough protein to export because it loses its pasture, not only does that affect our food supply, in very short order it affects world food security.
I suggest you research that, Ian, and try to extrapolate out the fact that the problem isn’t just the buffel in front of you.
I’m somewhat bemused that your answer to the issue seems to be to get the very same people who introduced it to fix it by introducing something else, bit like the old lady who swallowed the fly.
What comes next, I wonder?
The real answer, Ian, from people who have made a living from the land who actually know first-hand what the issues are as opposed to those that read a book or watched TV while living off the wealth produced by the former.
The real answer, Ian, is management, wherever possible without using fire!
The answer is grazing just as it is everywhere else in the country where grass isn’t viewed with such fright.
You might be interested to know that nearly all Australian farmlands, particularly the more intensive, use improved pastures which are not native species”.
There are many books published on the subject. I suggest you do a little study. The reason today’s world supports such a vast population is because of farming – our ability to manipulate nature to suit our needs.
Without that manipulation we cannot support the present population. So, Ian, if we give up our farming are you volunteering to go without? I wonder.

Buffel inaction makes mockery of parks hype
@ Peter: The level of completely confounded ignorance in your comment is almost beyond belief, it’s as if you only blew into this country yesterday!
I guess it goes to why you are not brave enough to put your name on your comments: Buffel is not a weed it is grass!
The stuff that livestock live off! Not only is it not a deterrent to our visitors it can, as I described before, be part of what brings them here: Interaction between our pastoral industry and tourists has long been part of the Centralian experience.
Of course you imagine you have some kind of expertise on this subject don’t you? I suggest you get off your proverbial, go check out the CSIRO library, run through the notes and photographs from the early fifties into the late sixties.
Unless your completely blind or just plain ignorant you will be completely astounded at the difference in the country between now and then.
I will await the outcome of your expedition and the appropriate apologies with bated breath.

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