We are back to our original beef label.

Dear Reader

For the past few weeks we have been killing for our off the farm grass fed beef label. Details here. However as the summer has got going our cattle have gotten fatter and we are now back to Farmer Angus Beef as per above photo.

Our beef remains the only grass fed beef processed on the farm that the animals were raised on, in the country. It is also the only beef operation that generates Carbon credits or reverses global warming. Details here.

Thanks for your support.

Angus

Jokes about farmers and farming.

Dear Reader

If you have any jokes that are better than the three posted below please add them to the comments page.

1. When does a farmer complain the least?

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February….that is the month with the least days.

Joking aside for a moment. Here is an article I wrote almost 2 years ago about the pressure the retailers (big national chains) place on farmers.

 

 

2. Farming is like having an affair with your neighbour’s wife.

It might seem like fun but it is a very bad idea.

 

 

3. A farmer named Van was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Limpopo when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young  man in an Armani suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the farmer,

‘If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?’

Van looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers; ‘Sure, Why not?’

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany .

Within mere seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data is stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the farmer and says, ‘You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.’

‘That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,’ says Van

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Van says to the young man, ‘Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?’

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says,

‘Okay, why not?’

‘You’re a Member of Parliament for the ANC Party’, says Van.

‘Wow! That’s correct,’ says the yuppie, ‘but how did you guess that?’

‘No guessing required!, answered the farmer. ‘You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, with my taxpayers money, to a question I never asked.

AND you don’t know a thing about cows…this is a herd of sheep

 

I am dropping my egg price by 12%. Thanks to you dear consumer.

When we last changed our egg price, in April 2013, we increased it to R2.71 each (R32.52 per dozen). With immediate effect the eggs now cost R2.39 each (R28.68 per dozen). That is a drop of 12%.

As I explained in April 2013 (click here) there are three components to our costs. Labour (40%), Food (40%) and Fuel (20%). I also explained that we would not move our price for 18 months. Food and Fuel are down 4% each since April 2013. The real impact has been on labour costs. We, or rather my hens, are laying more than twice as many eggs as in April 2013. Then I employed 4 people in our chicken team whereas today I employ 5.

We have been able to grow our chicken business because you, dear consumer, are supporting us. Thank you.

Our hens overnight and lay their eggs in Eggmobiles. Click here if you want to know what an Eggmobile is.

We have the only egg operation in this country that generates Carbon credits. Or reverses global warming if you want to think of it that way.

We are also one of only two genuine free range egg operations in the country (the others are local and are called Usana). If you are interested in finding out more about how the national chain retailers are pulling the wool over your eyes with free range eggs then click here.

Our feed is 85% non GMO which no one else can claim. No regulatory authority anywhere in the world requests mandatory chronic animal feeding studies to be performed for GMO’s. By buying GMO food you are spending your money with a corporation and not a farmer. A corporation is concerned about it’s share price in next quarter whereas a farmer is concerned about his grandchildren. Here is a dairy farmer writing a great article on GMO’s. It has been a long drama getting my feed to being 85% non GMO. Please click here if you are interested.

We have a bottled, scrambled egg and egg whites also in 1 litre bottles. These prices remain unchanged.

We don’t have an additive in our chicken’s feed that gives the yolks colour. Ours are almost orange because of the chlorophyll the hens consume in the pasture grasses and legumes they devour daily.

Finally I have bought a packing machine so there will be no mistakes in allocating the right eggs to the right customers. Large to restaurants etc.

Angus

P.S. Now that you have waded through the writing above here are some recent photos from the farm.

My hens are so wild from being truly free to range that my Rhodesian Ridgeback gets hen pecked and comes to find safety in my arms.

If you look very carefully you can see an Eggmobile in the distance. These girls are in the clover.

As you can see there are very few hens inside an Eggmobile. The black boxes in the middle are where they lay their eggs and the wooden rafters around the sides are where they sleep at night, safe from the Rooikat.

Despite a winter storm coming on strong (the wind is blowing their tail feathers to attention) these hens are out doing what they do best. Foraging for bugs and grazing the pastures whilst at the same time fertilising out of their back ends so that next time there are more bugs and a denser pasture.

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