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You can have this mob grazing app for your farm. Read on.

You can have this mob grazing app for your farm. Read on.

For the last two years we have been experimenting with an Android app developed by Polymorph, who are based in Stellenbosch. It records our daily moves. Exact (GPS based) size of the camp. Number of livestock moved into the camp. Time of move into and out of camp. Brix reading of the pasture. Type of animals. Weight […]

Update on our outdoor chicken operation

Update on our outdoor chicken operation

It has been a year since our colleague Rico left to start his own outdoor egg operation at Boschendal which is doing really well. It is also a year since we open sourced all our information. Click here for that. The one thing I forgot to add was that it is critical to galvanise the […]

Free choice mineral licks. Update. Biological farming vs mechanical farming.

Free choice mineral licks. Update. Biological farming vs mechanical farming.

In February 2014  I wrote this article about free choice mineral licks. Since then we have expanded the range of minerals that are available to our cattle and we also now have free choice minerals for our pigs and for our laying hens. The principle remains the same. All soils are deficient, the plants growing […]

My first Limousin bull for sale

My first Limousin bull for sale

There are many reasons why I settled on the Limousin as my beef breed of choice. Cross breeding, Raymond Blanc, suitability to my farm, not black, slow maturing and more income for the same expense. If you are not interested in any of these reasons but want to see a video I took of him […]

Our farming philosophies explained

Our farming philosophies explained

I was put in touch with these guys recently and if you click on those highlighted words (especially scroll down to the photos with their subtitles) you will get an erudite explanation of what the philosophical underpinning is to our grazing methodology. To understand what underlies how we farm in harmony with nature in the genuine […]

This plant is the answer to many of our problems

This plant is the answer to many of our problems

There is a plant can be harnessed to address many of the problems we face in this country. Nutrition, employment and environmental damage for starters. It can be used to make rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation, building materials and biofuel. This plant is called hemp and it is banned from being grown in […]

Beef price unchanged but egg price going up

Beef price unchanged but egg price going up

Apparently the beef price is about to go up by 60%. Ours is not moving. The reason our egg price is going up is that our input costs have gone up whereas on the beef side our production costs have remained the same. First I will elaborate on the beef and then the eggs below. […]