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Elaboration on selling illegal grass fed/pasture reared/free range beef.

Elaboration on selling illegal grass fed/pasture reared/free range beef.

Dear Reader. A lot of butcheries are making claims that their beef is all of the above. The Agricultural Product Standards Act 1990 (click on the green, twice, to download the Act) states very simply that you cannot make any claim which directly or by implication creates or may create the impression that meat or a carcass […]

Update on our CLA in beef trial.

Update on our CLA in beef trial.

Dear Reader. We are still in the first year of a trial that started two years ago. Let me explain.  When we started our CLA trial (details about it are here, click on this green writing) two years ago we expected to slaughter all the oxen within the first year of the trial. This proved […]

Back to non GMO food for our laying hens…85% that is.

Back to non GMO food for our laying hens…85% that is.

This is another old blog posting. Since October 2015 our hens have been on a 100% non GMO diet. Dear Reader At the end of last year there was a drama when we had to abandon our non GMO feed. I wrote about it at length. Click on this green if you are interested. What […]

My first proper day of butchering our own cattle on our own farm

My first proper day of butchering our own cattle on our own farm

Hello dear reader. I am struggling more than normal to type as my arms and hands hurt in a manner they have not hurt before. Spencer Nicholls is a tough task master. He has been butchering for 50 years. One is supposed to be slowing down after doing something for that long, however Spencer was […]

Why I am abandoning my non GMO chicken feed…for now.

Why I am abandoning my non GMO chicken feed…for now.

In the five years that I have been farming this is the most depressing thing that has happened to me. If you would rather read about the uplifting things we do on the farm like Carbon sequestering beef, or what an Eggmobile is or why we have planted over 4,000 trees into our pastures just this […]

Shelterbelts. Part of our pasture management system.

Shelterbelts. Part of our pasture management system.

Hello dear Reader If you look closely at the above photo, taken in October 2013, you can see a bumble bee in the middle of the picture enjoying the nectar of the keurboom (virgilia oroboidies). This tree was planted in our first shelterbelt alongside our first pastures two and a half years ago. A shelterbelt […]

New grass fed beef venture. I don’t supply any butcher anymore.

New grass fed beef venture. I don’t supply any butcher anymore.

As of today I will not be supplying any butchery with beef from our farm. I am in the process of building a small meat processing plant on our farm where I will process our Spier Pasture Reared Beef. For clients/butcheries who do want guaranteed grass fed beef I have teamed up with the Durr […]

The worst agricultural practice.

The worst agricultural practice.

Every sixth months, in the five years that I have been farming, I meet a smart, driven, talented individual who is doing what they do well and will make a success or is already making a success of their lives.   What they all have in common is that they are lost to farming because […]