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The lockdown is a terrible mistake

The lockdown is a terrible mistake

Condolences to the family of the first victim in South Africa. These are my personal views, not those of any of my colleagues on the farm nor of my landlord, Spier. There are many reasons why this a terrible mistake. The government has condemned our women to an increase in domestic violence against them. South […]

Is Francois Mellett the only sane person in our meat industry?

Is Francois Mellett the only sane person in our meat industry?

Meat scientist Dr Francois Mellett has been the lone voice pointing out the major issues with Dr Aaron Motsoaledi abandoning his duties in May of 2019. The result of Dr Aaron recusing himself is that since then South Africa has been the only country in the world without legislation defining what meat is. The result […]

Next level nose to tail eating

Next level nose to tail eating

Eating only steak is an exercise in waste. Around 12% of the beef carcass is steak. I wrote this piece 5 years ago about the wastefulness of fillet eaters. On Friday we launched a product that takes care of this waste. You can now buy a representation of a whole animal in a box. What […]

Inspired by journalist Tamara Pearson especially her views on Coronavirus

Inspired by journalist Tamara Pearson especially her views on Coronavirus

In no way, am I trying to be insensitive to the deaths of 7,000 people from Coronavirus in the last 3 months but as Tamara Pearson points out in this superb article that we have completely lost the context of real epidemics that go on all around us every day. Treatment of women, the trashing […]

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Masala Beef Shin Curry

Cooking with PJ Vadas: Masala Beef Shin Curry

Masala Beef Shin Curry Ingredients: (feeds 8) 1.5 kg Farmer Angus deboned beef shin (cut in 2-inch cubes) 2 white onion, sliced 5 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger 1 cup crushed tomatoes 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 10 x fresh curry leaves 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped 2 x large potatoes cut […]

A big friend – Danie Slabbert – Regenerative agriculture champion

A big friend – Danie Slabbert – Regenerative agriculture champion

Big Danie farms near Reitz in the Free State and he is going against the family grain and most of his neighbours by farming regeneratively. I met him via grazing guru Johann Zietsman whose very informative website is here. There is a great video on CNN and article here about Danie. He thinks he is […]