pasture reared eggs

Sustainability is defeatist, Veganism is defeatist and Vegetarianism is defeatist.

The above mentioned beliefs are defeatist simply because they exclude the possibility of regeneration.

The photo below is explained at the end of the blog.

First there has to be an acceptance that there is nothing to sustain i.e. the need for regeneration and then an understanding of how the Vegan/Vegetarian food would be produced if there was no livestock which will lead to an understanding of how the non animal protein diet cannot regenerate.

Human beings are committing species wide suicide and we are using agriculture as the tool to accomplish this. 36 football fields of rain forest are cut down every hour of every day to plant 4 crops (maize, soya, palm oil and sugar) that don’t nourish the human being. We lose 300 square kilometres of topsoil every day due to erosion caused by agriculture. There are over 400 dead zones in the world’s oceans directly attributable to the leaching of Nitrogen fertilisers into the rivers. Equal amounts of people are dying of obesity and of starvation. Cancer rates are going parabolic etc etc etc.

I could go on and on but the point is that there is nothing to sustain. The photo below is of the rainforest being replaced with soya.

KC Fazenda, a farm cut from the Amazon rain forest some 50 miles SE of Santarem. The fields were planted in corn, (soy bean fields are currently fallow) and all that was left of the forest is brazil nut trees, which are illegal to kill under national law. These brazil nut trees are unlikely to live very long without the other trees to keep moisture adn nutrients in the soil.

The answer is most certainly not for the entire population to stop eating meat. They must stop eating the wrong meat. Caged meat/grain fed beef/feedlot beef/antibiotic raised meat/growth hormone meat/Glyphosate meat is the wrong meat for both environmental reasons and human health reasons.

To grow any plant a form of fertiliser needs to be given to the plant. Organic and BioDynamic growers use compost and a variety of non chemical foods for the soils and the plants. Animal manures are the key ingredient in compost. Conventional farmers use Nitrogen based fertilisers which are destroyers of soil Carbon, are very energy intensive to produce and leach as per the dead zone point above. With no animals the vegans and vegetarians will have to use the Nitrogen based fertilisers to grow their food. This would further degenerate the Earth.

Combines harvesting dry land wheat on the Vulgamore Family Farm just south of Scott City, Kansas. The Vulgamores have been farming this area for five generations, and have one of the largest farms in the county. The wheat harvest last about two weeks, and starts at 7AM with servicing the combines, and usually continues non-stop until 11PM.

Furthermore the staple foods for the vegan/vegetarian diets are grains which are grown in monocultures as per above. Everything about a monoculture is in violation of nature.

Using animals on the land to rotationally graze increases soil Carbon, produces meat which nourishes the human being and creates employment. Carbon is 58% of Soil Organic Matter (SOM). Every 1 gram of SOM holds 8 grams of water. Properly managed animals lead to an increase of SOM in soils.

The book below is really the only one that you need to read on the subject of nutrition and its impact on society.

I am going to try and paraphrase this essential book. Dr Price goes on a 10 year journey around the world in the 1920’s and find that as soon as the white man’s food (read vegan/vegetarian) is introduced the humans and then society breaks down.

Read the writing in italics below the photos. Pre white man left and post white man right. The white man’s food is the staple of vegans and vegetarians namely white bread, canned food, processed food. In other words foods that are not whole. Hence a society that is not whole.

As promised an explanation of the photo at the top of the blog. The photo encapsulates regenerative agriculture and the defeatist nature of the beliefs mentioned above. My pigs have grazed to the right of the finger and not to the left. By choosing our pork you are contributing to building our soils and therefore making the farm more resilient. You are also increasing the Carbon contents of our soil whilst removing it from the atmosphere.

Wendell Berry says it best “We are all farmers by proxy”


17 August 2018

Short film on our outdoor laying hens.

A friend of mine, Michael Raimondo, filmed and then edited this short film. It really captures what we do very well. I think I need a drone to help me farm. Thanks Michael.

If you want to know more about outdoor chickens then please click here.

The password to the film is Chicken


11 June 2017

Open source outdoor egg production. Business model, how to build an Eggmobile, how to manage outdoor hens and much more.

The overriding spirit amongst regenerative farmers is one of collaboration.

Herewith my attempt at sharing what I have learnt in 6 years of outdoor egg production. (Please note that we don’t use the term free range as this has been abused by national retailers and the egg industry. Their eggs are barn raised and not free range. More on this here.)

If you embark on this farming venture know that you will be providing the most nutritious eggs on the market, you will be freeing hens from cages (96% of the hens in South Africa live in metal cages up to 8 levels above each other), you will be providing employment and your chicken manure will be fertilising the farm as you move the Eggmobiles daily, which is in stark contrast to the “free range” and caged systems where the hens are above their own manure for their entire lives.

Below are links to the plans of our Eggmobiles. These were drawn up by William Hammers, a master draftsman, who you can email here to draw up plans of anything you want.

eggmobile2015 cross sec+elev

eggmobile2015 floor

eggmobile2015 layout

eggmobile2015 long section

Then here are some photos of areas of importance inside the Eggmobile.


Below is the business model. We are pretty sure that all the information you need is in this spreadsheet. You can change any of the variables. The biggest difference comes from number of Eggmobiles. Above a certain number of Eggmobiles you need more staff and the spreadsheet changes automatically for that.

4 Scale Financial Final

Herewith the frequently asked questions and the answers next to them.

Frequently asked questions, June 2015

We also plant multi-species pastures. Below is the list of what we plant. All perennial plants. Please remember that what works on my farm is not going to work on your farm. In order of importance when it comes to new planting is timing, soil prep (with a Yeoman Plow), soil amendments (according to the Albrecht system) and then post planting watering regime. Here is blog posting elaborating on the timing of planting.

pasture seed planting list

Below are two videos, raw and unedited from the GoPro, that will give you some insight into outdoor egg production.



Finally if you have any more questions then please come and work on the farm for a minimum of 3 weeks. You can visit for a few hours with pleasure but a few days is a waste of my, my team and your time.


17 September 2015

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