IF YOU’RE on the land and into Rugger, you’re about to experience some type of depression when the Queensland Reds flog the Argentinian Jaguares in Buenos Aires in March — and you’re not there to experience the event at the right price.
Since Pete Lewis left the ABC he has discovered there is life after death — and in the short time he has been ‘free’ has found that life is about doing what you love and helping people of rural Australia improve their lot.
Both he and Col Jackson have realised that it’s no good working if it isn’t fun too.
And they’re not even politicians with a great nest egg backing them up.
Back in December agalert.com.au gave Pete a plug for just one of his new ventures — an educational farming trip to Argentina and Uruguay — and already he has a viable inaugural trip.
Col Jackson is already green that he can’t do the trip. He says he was in Frankfurt some years ago and met some Argentinian journalists — and has a standing invitation to attend one of their ‘barbecues’. Now, their type of barbecue puts our steak, sausages and salad into the rubbish bin category.
Yes, Pete is ecstatic that he already has a viable tour, and there is room for a couple more — if they act in the next few days.
Apart from the touring party looking forward to its own unique South American experience, Pete has lined-up an interesting and educational nine-day package that begins in the bustling Mataderos Livestock Market in Buenos Aires and the lush pastures of the Argentinian Pampas to a spectacular vertically-integrated farm operation near Punta del Este in Uruguay.
He says that along the way, the tour group will meet the men and women involved in some of the standout beef, sheep, cropping and horticultural businesses in South America.
The group will travel in comfortable air-conditioned coaches, and be escorted by fluent English and Spanish-speaking travel and ag experts.
Pete reckons he’s particularly chuffed that he’s been able to negotiate an overnight stay at a working family farm — Estancia La Alborada — and especially to enjoy the hospitality of their hosts over a sumptuous meal cooked over coals.
There will also be time to take in the sights of Buenos Aires, Rosario, Punta del Este and Montevideo ahead of the sporting highlight — the Super Rugby Round Five clash between the Queensland Reds and the Argentinian Jaguares at the Velez Sarsfield Stadium on Saturday March 25.
Bookings will close shortly and places are limited, so don’t kick yourself later — you have been warned. If you’re looking for new ideas, maybe South America has something to add to your future in agriculture.
Contact Pete Lewis on 0408 722 113 or Dave Morgan 0417 758 694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an example, Helen and Bruce Hill, of Giru, went to Bolivia and came back with the Achacha — and it offers great potential to the tropical north’s exotic fruit menu.