Last week I had to offload half my cattle herd. This was because my irrigation water has been cut by 95%. My cattle only eat the grass that grows on our farm. In summer we need to irrigate to keep this grass growing. I am
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com or
Dear Reader/Greenhouse Gas Emitter. Unless you eat our beef that comes off the Spier Wine Farm (it is rollermarked SPIERPR), your act of eating beef contributes to greenhouse gas emissions/global warming. You can now buy our beef generated carbon credits from these guys at Credible Carbon.
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
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.
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