The asthma drug that helps finish your beef.

Dear Reader.

Less than 1% of the beef marketed in South Africa is grass fed beef. The rest is produced in a feedlot where grains are the major part of the feed ration. Other assistants include antibiotics and growth hormones. But the real boost to performance and hence profitability are drugs called beta-agonists which are asthma drugs. They work as non-steroidal growth stimulants for improved body mass gain and feed conversion in feedlot cattle.

42 days after feeding these drugs the animal dies. Hence they are slaughtered on day 40 and the feeding of these drugs stops on day 35. Apparently the withdrawal period is 5 days but when has a pharmaceutical company been honest about withdrawal periods? About as many times as they have been honest about the side effects of drugs.

If a cow is mistakenly given some of this drug she will never be able to reproduce again.

So not only are you getting an overload of Omega 6 (which has been repeatedly linked to heart disease) in your beef, you could also be ingesting free asthma drugs. Here is more on the effects of these drugs such as hooves falling off as well as the US beef industry discussing this matter.

Last year the world’s biggest meat company, Tyson and another of the biggest, Cargill, banned the use of these drugs in their beef. Of the big feedlots in this country, it is my understanding that only Chalmar don’t use these beta-agonists. The South African government allows the use of these drugs.

Not only do we not feed asthma drugs to our cattle, they have never seen a grain in their life and they sequester carbon (reverse global warming). Click on BUY MEAT if you want to.



Our three latest products and airfreight to any South African airport.

Dear Reader

First, we have opened an account with Lonhro Logistics so we can airfreight our produce to any airport in South Africa. It costs approximately R12.40 per kg to Johannesburg.

Second, we have scrapped our Ready to Go Scrambled eggs where we used to take all our eggs that we cannot sell on a daily basis, (Eggs that are odd shaped, too small and have hairline fractures) break these eggs into a bowl, whisk them and then pour them into a sieve into a 1 litre bottle. We now separate the yolks and the whites.

These yolks are so bright because our truly free range chickens (as opposed to the “free range” lies peddaled by the retailers and egg industry) live in Eggmobiles which gives them access to fresh pasture every single day. Click here to find out more about our chicken operation. Clients buying these yolks are the ice cream makers.

Below are the egg whites. There are 30 whites and 50 yolks respectively in each 1 litre bottle. This product is bought by the gym fanatics and the confectionnaires.

We are selling these bottles for R47.50 each. There is no VAT on eggs.

The third product is beef stock/broth. Our recipe is inspired by Tim Noakes’ Real Meal Revolution but our broth is superior because A. the bones are from grass fed beef (not feedlot (Omega 6 overdose) beef which is inferior to grass fed beef in every conceivable way nutritionally, environmentally etc etc,) B. we use only organic vegetables (just like not distinguishing between grass fed and feedlot beef, Noakes and co don’t stress organic vegetables over their nutritionally inferior cousins grown with the full smorgasbord of toxic chemicals) and C. we use rainwater (not the chlorinated stuff that comes out of your taps)

Phello cutting some of the vegetables that we add to the bones (from global warming reversing cattle) above along with the rainwater.

Our butchery team displaying the finished product. Mbekseni, Phello and our mentor and inspiration, Spencer, who has been a butcher for 50 years.

Whilst the team was bottling the stock I was deboning the hindquarters. In picture the topside, destined for Rudi Liebenberg at The Mount Nelson, is coming off along its seam.

Thanks for reading.

If you are interested in buying any of the produce (we can now supply countrywide) please click on BUY MEAT.


Positive (small) update to economically sterile land blog (below) from yesterday.

Dear Reader.

(The land I am referring to below is 1,800 hectares which is 1.5% of the total economically sterile land in the blog below.)

When I started writing the blog below about our family farms being bought by the government under a false land claim it appeared that my father’s farms would go the way of his neighbours and of most land claims in South Africa. That is degraded with no plan to keep the land productive.

However an amazing official from the Department of Rural Development (Nelisiwe Magubane) has appeared in the last few days and arranged not only for some of the land to stay productive ( the land is being leased to a big cattle farmer) but also for the electricity to be reconnected.

I have pasted an email from her below.

Kindly note that I have managed to sort our the electricity for the people who are living on the farm. I have been negotiating with Eskom since Monday. When I had that those people had no electricity since last Saturday I could not sleep. But God being great to us they will have electricity today. I wanted to take good care of both the claimants and the labour tenants. Mr Skead payed the deposit to Eskom and we have together with the Committee introduced him to the people and he has received a warm welcome. He is going to take care of the 67 cattle at his own cost, they will graze together. He will deposit your money for the furniture at the lodge tomorrow as I successfully negotiated with you in Good Faith as a former Unionist. He has looked at the lease agreement that was prepaid by the department and he is happy. Department of Agriculture is busy with a business plan. I am just happy because I see a successful partnership. I will update you once he has made the payment.”

All it takes is one official to make a positive difference, even if it is only 1.5%. Lets hope she eventually becomes the Director General and then the Minister.

Keep scrolling down for the blog I am referring to.


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