7 July 2023. Last updated 14 May 2024.

AgForce's podcast Yarns from the Paddock is presented fortnightly by members Sam Fryer and Robbie Bolton. The podcast provides an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to share the good news stories we all want to hear.

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2024 episodes

Episode eighteen: On today’s episode Sat sits down with Dr. Robert Horvath, an infectious disease physician and microbiologist based at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. Dr. Horvath sheds light on the pressing issue of Q Fever, a potentially dangerous infectious disease, and shares valuable insights on the current state of research and vaccination efforts.






Episode seventeen: In this episode, Scott Muller and Scott Loughnan sit down with Sam to discuss how to get a seat at the table and become involved with the grains board.






Episode sixteen: In this episode, Sam is joined by Ricky Mio and James Henderson to chat about all things AgCarE.







Episode fifteen: In this episode, Sam sits down with Paul McIntosh from Pulse Australia and WeedSmart, following on from the GRDC update in Goondiwindi.







Episode fourteen: Sam chats with AgForce CEO Mike Guerin about the current threat that the Great Artesian Basin is under and what AgForce is doing about it. You can also help us in the fight to save the Great Artesian Basin. Support now here






Episode thirteen: The first episode of series two of Yarns from the Paddock, Sam sits down with AgForce General President Georgie Somerset and AgForce CEO Michael Guerin to talk about the important issues facing AgForce and Queensland agriculture in 2024. 






2023 episodes

Teaser episode: AgForce CEO Michael Guerin launches Yarns from the Paddock with an important message for members.

 Episode one: Sam chats to AgForce members Des Bolton and Will Wilson about land access agreements - one of AgForce’s key policy priorities for the next two years.

 Episode two: Sam heads to the Berrimah Export Yards in Darwin, where he talks to Nuffield scholar Brooke Barkla - business development manager at Consolidated Pastoral Company.

Brooke plays a pivotal role in the Australia/Indonesia live export industry, managing the sales and import plans for more than 60,000 cattle every year.

Here, she talks about the industry’s world-class animal welfare standards, and shares her stories of life in the yards - including how her ‘third child’ Bindy the buffalo came to be.



 Episode three Gillian Meppem and Dr Joe Eyre discuss the integrated cross commodity RD&E program to bolster northern Australia's cotton, grain, and cattle industries.

 Episode four: Sam chats to AgForce’s Sheep, Wool & Goats Board President Stephen Tully about the history of exclusion fencing.

Have a listen if you want to learn more about the origins, benefits, and successes.


 Episode five: Robbie chats to Nathan Groves developer of Salty Games. Have a listen if you want to hear about the future of gaming in agriculture. 


 Episode six: Have you ever wanted to know what it is like on a live export ship? This episode's guest Chloe Grant from Young Life Exporters Network (YLEN) shares her story in live export and the opportunities available. 



Episode seven: What is Swarm Farm?  Are you excited about the future of robotics in Agriculture?  This week's episode, Sam Wilkinson from SwarmFarm Robotics chats about the exciting future of big technology helping farmers now and in the future.



 Episode eight: The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association has been the voice of Northern Territory cattle producers on issues affecting them for nearly 40 years. CEO Will Evans discusses issues they are facing and how AgForce and NTCA can work together. 



 Episode nine: Corrie from WSB Distributors joins Yarns from the Paddock to discuss technology changes in agriculture and what the future could hold. 



 Episode ten: Part 1 of our Biosecurity - Feral Animal Management episode.  This podcast brings together insights across the spectrum of vertebrate pest management for agriculture in Queensland. In it, we interview Jim Edwards (Queensland Health) on regulatory considerations for poisons used in pest baiting programs, as well as Bruce McLeish (AgForce member and South East Director of Sheep, Wool and Goats).




 Episode ten: Part 2 of our Biosecurity - Feral Animal Management episode.  Clynton Spencer, Invasive Plant and Animal Services with insights and top tips on on-farm feral animal management.



 Episode eleven: A live recording from the AgForce North Forum in Longreach with Rob Chaplain. Rob talks about the future - challenges and opportunities, and stepping up and representing the industry. 



 Episode twelve: The final episode of the inaugural series of Yarns from the Paddock wraps the year with AgForce President, Georgie Somerset and Vice President, Shane McCarthy.  They discuss the big issues from 2023 and look ahead to 2024.