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Photos of recent activity on the farm, 27 May 2013

Photos of recent activity on the farm, 27 May 2013

All these photos have been taken by the amazing Eva van Niekerk over the last month. Click on her name to get to her website. This is SP 1301.He will be given his Zulu name at weaning. The first Limousin Bull calf born this year and he is exactly a month old on the photo. […]

Our egg price went up yesterday. Below is an explanation.

Our egg price went up yesterday. Below is an explanation.

We last increased our price for our Pasture Reared Eggs in March of 2011. The picture above was taken this afternoon after I received the Roche Yolk Colour Fan whose values were set in 1931. Our egg is a 15. The highest number on the scale. The eggs you buy in the shop are closer […]

The mislabelled meat that you likely eat

The mislabelled meat that you likely eat

I updated my blog on the meat that we offer that will never make it into City Press. Please click here. Thanks. Also please make time to watch this amazing talk by Allan Savory on how cattle grazing can reverse desertification. We graze our cattle in the way he refers to in this TED talk. […]

Why we have closed our broiler chicken business.

Why we have closed our broiler chicken business.

We slaughtered and delivered our last pasture reared chickens last week. Economies of scale are the three words that best encapsulate why we closed. We are 1/5 of what we should be. In order for use to reopen we need to make a capital investment into housing and into packaging. (Our slaughter facilities are ideal […]

What is an Eggmobile? More about our laying hen operation.

What is an Eggmobile? More about our laying hen operation.

This blog posting is almost 3.5 years old. Most of what you will read remains the same however for plans, business model and more you will need to click here. (Angus 12 April 2016) An Eggmobile is a mobile hen house. Inspired by Joel Salatin who I learnt about reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael […]

The role of the retailer in the farm strikes.

The role of the retailer in the farm strikes.

Alternative title “It is not only the farmers fault” Hello Dear Reader The recent farm strikes need to be viewed in a wider context. From the farmer right through to the end consumer. We are all farmers by proxy, each and every one of us exercises that vote at least three times a day, and […]

Our vineyard berm management strategy

Our vineyard berm management strategy

The discussion below relates to vineyards that are irrigated. Dryland has its own challenges but weed management is not one of them. The vineyards on Spier are in their second year of conversion to organic status and then to biodynamic status. I have been managing my dryland Chenin vineyard according to biodynamic principles since 2005. […]

Our CLA beef trial

Our CLA beef trial

Dear Reader Providing our clients with the healthiest beef available is one of our goals. Despite the evidence (this is for the scientific peer reviewed obsessed factory farmers out there) there are many misguided souls who believe in feedlot beef. They will come around to the facts, eventually. One of the major benefits of grass fed […]

CNBC TV program

CNBC TV program

Hello there My apologies for being absent from cyberspace for so long. I have been getting the farm ready for the season. This was filmed last week. I will be here again soon. Stay well.    

Why farm mechanically when you can farm biologically?

Why farm mechanically when you can farm biologically?

We always try to opt for the biological solution where possible. This vignette, pertaining to management of our cover crop in the vineyards, illustrates the point I am trying to make. A major problem for almost every wine farm at this time of the year is a weed called Ramnas, a type of wild radish. […]