55 years of experience is just one of the benefits you get for free with our meat.


There are many things that you get for free in our meat. Unlike feedlot/grain fed beef where your free gifts are heart disease from too much Omega 6 and environmental destruction.

spencer 1960

The first free gift is Spencer Nicholls. Here is in in 1960 when he started butchery in what was then Salisbury, Rhodesia. Three weeks into the job.

8 years later he opened Ballantyne’s Butchery. That was 1968. So long ago I can’t even imagine. Behind him is an Okto bandsaw, the same model as we use and is in the photo below.

spencer ballantine 1968


The photo below was taken last week. Spencer, now 70, is holding up the first photo.

spencer today

If you look carefully at the first and last photo you will realise that on the first photo Spencer is wearing a leather finger guard and in the third photo the old photo is resting on his finger on the scar he obtained in his first week at work in 1960. That is why he was wearing the leather finger guard in the first photo.

I have had the privilege of working with him for a year and his professionalism and enthusiasm is inspirational. He debones a hindquarter in 4 minutes. I spend every Monday deboning and I think I have a greater chance of running a sub 4 minute mile than deboning a hindquarter in 4 minutes.

angus deboning

Slowly, slowly learning the art of deboning.

The second benefit is that our beef reverses global warming. Along with our laying hens in their Eggmobiles, our cattle sequester Carbon. You can read all about Carbon negative beef here.

Today was a very exciting day. We had our first meeting to decide how to spend our first income from the Carbon credits. Half of the net income goes to my staff. A condition that Credible Carbon and I agreed on. Below is Anton Cartwright explaining to the team what Carbon credits are all about. An obtuse subject at the best of times, but they suffered through as they are all getting cash for taking something that cannot been seen and storing it in the soil.

sticks carbon explanation


The third free benefit that comes with our beef is that it nourishes you. The Omega 3 and 6’s are in balance. The rights fats are there. CLA too. More about the benefits of grass fed beef here.

Finally our beef is legal. Unless your so called grass fed or free range beef is rollermarked with a trademarked rollermark it is in contravention of the Agricultural Product Standards Act. More on this subject here.


16th of March 2015


Two events worth coming to Spier for in March.


The first event,7th of March, is a whole evening’s entertainment. The second one,14th of March, is not as entertaining but is all about empowering yourself with healing knowledge (this is not as airy fairy as it sounds).

On the 7th of March the inspirational, uplifting MIAGI orchestra is giving a free concert in the Spier Farm Shed off the Annandale Road. It starts at 4pm. You can read about MIAGI (Music Is A Great Investment) here. Suffice to say they are using the uplifting power of music to give opportunities to kids who would never have these opportunities.

Following on from the MIAGI concert, across the lawns from the Spier Farm Shed on the Stellenbosch Waldorf School premises, is a performance by the Sisonke Social Circus followed by the Sunset Cinema.

The Sisonke Social Circus has kids from across the social/economic/racial spectrum learning true teamwork and many skills whilst having a lot of fun.

The Sunset Cinema is an open air cinema run by Short and Sweet who source the best short films, animations and music videos from around the globe. They are collaborating with the Stellenbosch Waldorf School on the movies to be shown so kids from all ages will be able to enjoy the short films.

The second event is worth coming to if you are feeling like a normal human being in today’s world. In other words you are not vibrant, content and free of neurosis. There are 4 speakers addressing health. All 4 do not fit the normal definition of their profession. A doctor, a physiotherapist, a farmer (me) and a health shop owner. I know the other three speakers well and they are inspirational.

Click here to find out more about this event where you will also be fed real food. We have called it As We Eat.



First Farmer Angus GoPro video. What is an Eggmobile. February 2015

I am going to try on all the GoPro videos to give them to you raw (unedited) off the farm.

Here is the first one.

You are going to have to click on the link as embedding it into this post is currently beyond my IT abilities. Here is the link

If the video is too amateurish and you would rather read about what an Eggmobile is then please click here. 

I also refer to the lie that is free range eggs. More on that here.


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