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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 […]

Details of Sept 27 Low Stress Stockhandling Course

Details of Sept 27 Low Stress Stockhandling Course

One of the late GREAT Bud Williams’ disciples, all the way from Australia, is going to be presenting on and teaching about the art of Low Stress Stockhandling on our farm, Spier, on the 27th of September. To book contact Bruce Brown on info@rcssa.co.za or phone him on 083 781 3441. There is more information […]

My new favourite farm photo

My new favourite farm photo

My old school buddy, мальчик Andersson, was down from the high country over the weekend and he got this shot of our hens eating non GMO pasture (their laying mash is also non GMO), free to range where they like (unlike all other “free range” operations), and for a change a little snow on the mountains. […]

The scariest document I have read this year – Roundup in chicken manure

The scariest document I have read this year – Roundup in chicken manure

Dear Reader The two main issues are first, that by using this manure you could be inadvertently be applying a herbicide to your land and second, you could be endangering the health of your cattle if you feed them this manure. Fortunately for me, the plants on Spier Wine Farm and for the readers who […]

Low stress stockhandling course on our farm, 27 September 2013

Low stress stockhandling course on our farm, 27 September 2013

Dear fellow livestock lovers. I read about Bud Williams in the Stockman Grass Farmer. He was the godfather of low stress stock handling and designed the Bud Box. Our cattle handling has changed dramatically for the better since we built and use the Bud Box. Now there is an opportunity for us to learn from […]

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. […]