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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 […]

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. […]