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Stuffed leg of lamb with rosemary & pine nuts

Pilfered directly from Jamie Oliver. Ingredients2 kg quality whole leg of lamb1 whole bulb garlic½ bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley½ bunch fresh rosemary, leaves picked, a few sprigs left whole4 anchovy fillets100 g ciabatta torn into chunks1 large handful pine nuts1 large handful green olives, stones removed and roughly choppedzest and juice of 1 lemonsea saltfreshly ground black [...]

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June farm news

From Grassy Plains (home to the lamb)In the last month we’ve had the alpacas shorn – see Spot before and after – and crutched all the sheep. The alpacas only need to be shorn every couple of years, which is good because Alsie in particular hates it.We’ve also been preparing new areas for trees – [...]

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Gordon Ramsay's Braised Stuffed Lamb's Breast

Ingredients1 lamb bellySalt1/2 tsp dried oregano1/2 tsp chili flakes1 lemon, zested and juiced1 packet anchoviesOlive oil2 onions, sliced thickly3 garlic cloves, smashed but not crushed1 tbs capers1 handful black olives1 cup white wine1 tin plum tomatoesMethodSprinkle salt, oregano, chili flakes and lemon zest over lamb flap and place anchovies over this.Roll up lamb belly and [...]

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Stubble burning - how? why? and what else?

In late March and early April many of the paddocks in our part of western Victoria are burnt - that is, deliberately and under controlled circumstances set alight. It is not at all unusual on a calm, cool day and see several smoke plumes around us and be helping Dad with his.The purpose of this [...]

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The importance of pregnancy testing

Pregnancy testing is one of our most important activities for the year. It seems like a big statement to make but we put a lot of work into getting a high conception rate and pregnancy testing allows us to then manage the ewes to make sure as many lambs as possible survive – a key [...]

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Thinking like a sheep

We needed a footbath for a few reasons: 1) We have a couple of ewes with virulent footrot and a couple more with a benign version. The treatment recommended by the vet is feet trimming for these girls and a weekly footbath for all sheep over summer. And 2) For biosecurity it is good practice [...]

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Our meat packs

Lamb Packs  Each pack equates to half a lamb and weighing approx. 7kg priced at $16 per kg - a 10% discount on the usual price of these cuts. Lamb BBQ Pack Lamb Mixed Pack Lamb Roast Pack $112.00 112.00 112.00 2 x Loin Chops 2 x Loin Chops 1 x Rolled Loin 2 x Cutlets 1 x Rack of Lamb 1 x Rack of Lamb 5 x BBQ Chops 5 [...]

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Easter musings

Easter weekend made me remember how really lucky we are to have some energetic and passionate volunteers and community groups around us; how the time and effort they put in again and again enriches the lives of the rest of us.Two events brought this home to me. The first was the organising of our local [...]

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The mad month of March

When we lived in Melbourne, March always felt exhausting as event organisers' packed the month with every known activity to take advantage of the cooler weather but before it got too cool. Well it appears regional Victoria is no different; and our local Council is one of the worst offenders.In addition to all the farm [...]

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Rehabilitating our (native) grassy plains

Our farm is located on the Victorian Volcanic Plains, a bioregion that covers much of south-western Victoria and stretches from Craigieburn in the east to Hamilton in the west and Maryborough in the north to Colac in the south. Prior to European settlement, the area was covered in native grasses such as kangaroo- and wallaby-grass [...]

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