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November farm news

From Grassy Plains (home to the lamb)As predicted this Spring has been far too hot and dry; I have heard many unwelcome comparisons to the 1982/83 drought in the past few weeks. We have been planning for this for most of the year so, while it is not pleasant, we will get through and [...]

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Stress and ageing

What was the best steak you've ever had? The one that as soon as you put it into your mouth, you thought "Wow! This is amazing"? Do you remember? Now tell me, why? What made it so great?Chances are you will say it was cooked to perfection - the exact point along the blue to [...]

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October farm news

Grassy Plains (home to the lamb)At the start of September we had a ‘Landmate” team come to the farm from Langi Kal Kal prison to plant 1200 native trees for us. The team of five prisoners (four workers and one cook) arrived and planted in 1.5 days what has previously taken us about three weekends [...]

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The big debate: Grass vs grain

Over the past year we have received queries from customers asking if our beef and lamb is grass fed and grass finished. The short answer is “Yes, while all the animals are fed hay when the grass growth is slow and we feed the lambs some peas in summer to help meet their protein requirements, the vast majority [...]

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September farm news

Kangaroobie (home to the beef)There are smiles all around because spring is here! After a cold but relatively dry winter, the cattle are looking really good and we managed to maintain a good level of condition (muscle and fat cover) on them. Good condition now means that it is easier to sustain a [...]

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El Nino - isn't that a South American dance troupe?

First, let’s start with the why. Why is an El Nino year so important? Why do we speak of them in hushed, fearful tones?El Nino years are sometimes associated with droughts but are also commonly associated with lower than average rainfall during one of our key times – spring. In much of south-eastern Australia the best time [...]

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August farm news

Grassy Plains (home to the lamb)Lambing! Karlie’s father somewhat pessimistically says it always takes the worst weather to hit before the ewes will start lambing and this year that seems to be the case. We started about two weeks ago with twins and triplets (Photo 1 - count the legs) and our first black lamb [...]

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July farm news

Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Winter is the season that that a lot of the previous year’s planning is aimed at. We have very little grass growing now because of the short days, cloudy weather and the cold ground. Once the soil temperature gets below 15oC, grass growth is strongly affected and we need to be feeding supplementary [...]

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Using animals to create healthy grasslands

When Mark and I lived on six acres outside Leongatha and had little sneaking, back-of-the-mind thoughts about returning to my family farm, we went to a three-day course about Holistic Management because we thought it sounded like the way we would want to farm … if we were to farm that was.Holistic Management is a way of managing land that [...]

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Loin of Lamb stuffed with Apricots & Pine Nuts

This recipe is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It is fair to say that this man has a way with meats, and this on, like all his other recipes, tastes great and nothing like the stuffed meat you'll remember from childhood.His tips: when stuffing, keep the flavours high and the volume low - lest you end up [...]

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