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  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
  • B Brad K:
    Hi all, just wondering if anyone could help me out, I'm trying to find somewhere to buy a trailer load of cow manure. I live in the Caboolture/Elimbah area QLD. Thanks
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    @Brad K honestly, try contacting your local cattle farmers. You'd most likely be pleasantly surprised
  • B Brad K:
    @Mandy Onderwater, I know this is going to sound stupid. But how do I find/ contact a local farmer?
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Looks like you just missed the Calboolture show, which included a cattle section, haha. Would've been good networking. I recommend you google for either cattle farms or dairy farms in your area. Even an old-school phonebook might do the trick and whiz some up for you.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Don't forget to check out Mark's brand new video ;)
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    It's almost the weekend!
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    I can't tell if the spam-bots are getting smarter or if I can't find their hidden links. Some comments lately feel very... automated 🤔
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Please let me know if you see anything suspicious so I can investigate. I'm not about to let some bots ruin our amazing community ;)
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Brand new video! Scammers... beware
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    I've been thinking about that video ever since I watched it and pondering if I should suggest this or not (the idea comes from a taxidermy forum as there are just as many scams and bad businesses in that field as well) and I figured why not, the worst that can happen is "No!": Maybe we should create a file/forum/post/something, where we can collectively create a list of links to online/mail order seed companies (with our country/biosecurity zone listed with it) that we've used and had good results from (that are not on Ebay, Wish, Amazon, and other such marketplace type sites). That way we can help each other avoid the scammers and give a little thumbs up to the companies that have done right by us.
    +1
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Maybe as one post/article per country where people can comment their favourite seed/garden companies where they can explain what they bought, how easy the site is to use, whatever, and then the first post of the forum string/first page of the article gets regularly updated by whomever started it, as just a very simple list of recommended companies by members with their location, what they sell, and a link to their website as the comments roll in. It would require keeping an eye on it, as scammers are likely to invade and try to recommend their own stores, but that's where community collaboration comes into it. If someone else comes along and claims a store is bad, we can look into it, see if anyone else also has the same opinion, and not add bad ones to the list, and remove from the list, any stores that have proven bad, gone out of business, no longer take online orders, or whatever.
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Maybe even have a policy of the more members that comment positively about the same company in their area, the higher on the list the company gets placed.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    That is a good idea @Grandmother Goose . We have tried this before in the past, but links got outdated very fast. Outdated links harm the ratings of the forum and how (for example) google might present them. I've been manually, 1 by 1, adjusting and/or removing links. I've still got hundreds to weed through. Even links going to Mark's own website have broken over the years as he's done upgrades and adjustments to both forum and website. I'm currently waiting to adjust those as I know he's actively working on upgrading the website as we speak.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    In saying that, I do hope people might post their preferred websites under the new video.
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    If links are a problem, then don't have links, maybe just give the full proper name of the company and its location so people can google them?
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Actually, posting under the new video would be an ideal place to put that sort of info. I'll go and make a comment with my little list of where I've bought stuff from now.
    +1
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    I look forward to your recommendations :D
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    And links are generally good! It helps people out a lot. It's just that I don't have the time to necessarily mantain it and keep it up to date 24/7
    +1
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    How is everyone doing this fine weekend? :D
  • Grandmother Goose Grandmother Goose:
    Cold. Rainy... well, rain has stopped now but everything is still mud. And cold. And wet.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    It's gotten cold here too as of last night. Well, compared to the past few weeks. It was about 12C 😇 :ROFL:
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    It got down to 10C last night, I could finally keep the windows open as it was dry and use my warm blanket 😍

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