1984 has arrived, at least the bovine version has.

“Nineteen Eighty Four” is a novel written by George Orwell in 1949.  The story describes a mythical future society run by a privileged Inner Party and headed up by a tyrannical leader called “Big Brother”.  The society elite used their power, including omnipresent government surveillance for their own selfish purposes leading to rebellion from those…

Nyoman and the Indonesian economic miracle.

In 1989, 18-year-old Nyoman Budiasa left high school in rural Lampung (South Sumatera) and began his working life as a yard boy at the local general store for Rp. 1,500 for a 17 hour day.  In those pre-financial crash days that amount was worth about AUD 70 cents per day. Today, Nyoman is an exceptionally…

Ucok

Last year I wrote a story about a skinny boy called Bambang, who was (and still is) an exceptional Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) in South Sumatera, Indonesia.  Ucok is an AWO in North Sumatera and while he is every bit as effective as Bambang, the two could hardly be more different. 32 year old Ucok…

Australia and Indonesia : Different Planets.

In 1993, John Gray, an American relationship counselor and author wrote his best selling book entitled “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”.  Gray claimed that the most common relationship problems between men and women are a result of fundamental psychological differences between the genders leading him to suggest that men and women are…

March Market Report : S.E. Asia Beef Industry

16th Edition : March 2015. Key Points Q2 permits for Indo might just be in time for Ramadan & Lebaran Prices ease in Vietnam following a flush of imported cattle Thai prices back off slightly following the first Aussie imports China puts the squeeze on illegal box beef imports Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.85…

February Market Report : S.E. Asia Beef Industry

15th Edition : February 2015. Key Points Prices begin to climb in Indonesia. Two shipments delivered to Thailand and 3rd on the water Vietnamese prices steady despite large inflows via Cambodia Inquiries from prospective Chinese importers mounting   Indonesia  :  Slaughter Steers AUD $3.80 / kg live weight Live cattle prices are climbing as supplies…