The organic philosophy is central to the management of our farm.
We are driven by the belief that we must farm in harmony with nature using sustainable methods, to promote healthy foods and to protect the welfare of our environment.
We are passionate about farming, and we strive to do it in a way that is environmentally sound. Our future rests on our ability to farm the land in a way that is sustainable, so that we can meet the needs of today without sacrificing the quality of the land for future generations.
Our motto, perfecting pure produce, reflects our organic philosophy and our committment to producing quality organic foods.
Healthy soil is critical in promoting the growth of healthy plants. We conduct regular soil sampling to measure mineral and nutrient levels in our pasture and cropping paddocks. The pasture soil undergoes re-mineralisation using a maglime spread which encourages healthy vegetation. We also use organic fertiliser in the cropping paddocks to increase soil fertility. The most important aspect of soil management involves the organisms that live beneath the surface. An active soil ecology, containing a broad diversity of organisms, provides the natural nutrients that allow for the healthiest soil.
Our goats do a marvellous job in helping to manage weeds. They generally select for the rougher vegetative growth, and they eat the seeds off the plants which lowers the reproduction rate of the problem weeds. We physically remove the Bathurst burr, a weed which can be particularly problematic around the area.
We focus on maintaining a healthy environment that is conducive to good health in our animals. That means ensuring good quality feed, keeping the animals' stress levels low and keeping them disease free. Healthy pastures, plenty of space to graze and rotational grazing methods help to maintain an environment which ensures our animals are happy and healthy.
Our cattle herd comprises Straightbred Angus Black and Angus X Black cattle, with a total of 150 cattle including four breeding bulls. The Angus breed is well adapted to our local environment and farm conditions.
Angus are a moderately sized breed with good musculature and are known throughout the world for producing superior quality meat. Angus beef has good marbling and the highest MSA eating quality results when compared to other breeds.
Market demand for Angus beef, both domestic and international, is very high.
Visit the Angus Australia website for more information on Angus cattle.
Visit the Redpoll website for more information on Redpoll cattle.
We currently raise both Dorper and White Dorper sheep breeds (Dorper has a black head and the White Dorper has a white head), and are gradually phasing out the Dorper stock to concentrate solely on White Dorper production. We run about 1,300 head of sheep in our paddocks.
The Dorper is a hardy, fertile breed which gains weight rapidly at an early age, is disease resistant and sheds its fleece, which means there's no need for mulesing, crutching or shearing. For all these reasons, the Dorper is perfectly suited to our organic farming model.
For more information on the Dorper breed visit the Dorper Society website.
We run about 1,300 goats on the farm, consisting of full-blood Boers, Australian bush goats and cross breeds of the two, with our breeding program directed towards production of pure-blood Boers. The Boer is the most selectively bred meat goat in the world.
Our goats graze in the open pastures and are a great method of weed control. The use of Boer genetics has enabled us to select goats which thrive under a variety of conditions, have strong disease resistance and need no shearing or crutching.
Spelt (Triticum aestivum var. spelt) is one of the oldest grains known to man, probably first cultivated throughout the Fertile Crescent some time around 6000 - 5000 BC. Its use decreased in modern times in favour of higher yielding crops that are easier to harvest, though remained popular in some parts of Europe.
Spelt has made a recent resurgence in Australia, the USA and other parts of Europe due to its health benefits and unique flavour. Many health food outlets are stocking spelt flour and breads as well as other processed spelt products as an alternative for those that are wheat intolerant (although it is still considered unsuitable for those with Coeliac's disease). Spelt has a high fibre content, slightly more protein than regular bread wheat and has water soluble gluten which makes spelt more digestible for humans than regular wheat.
Spelt flour has a sweet, nutty flavour and can be used to make bread, pasta, noodles, cakes and muffins, biscuits, confectionery and other products.