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Ethics of Hunting, Part 1

We often talk about the ethical stance we take in farm and land management. Most of the time, the issues are pretty straightforward but there are some that are bit prickly and we thought it would be good to discuss them here, so we’re writing a series of posts on hunting.

As a first . . . → Read More: Ethics of Hunting, Part 1

Feral Animals

Our farm is home to far more than just sheep and cattle. As well as the myriad of native animals (kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, birds, etc) we have a large number of non-native, “feral” animals. The most abundant are pigs, foxes and goats, and there are also deer and rabbits and probably more who are . . . → Read More: Feral Animals

Ram libido and the best time to shear

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Once again, March and April have been a difficult period of chasing rams around the neighbourhood, then locking them up and having to hand feed them.

We have typically aimed to start lambing in October, after the worst of the winter is over, but out sheep tend . . . → Read More: Ram libido and the best time to shear

Community Grazing

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We’ve convinced another of our neighbours to join our grazing community. “What’s community grazing?” you ask. Let us explain, but first a short lesson about how grass grows…

Grasslands respond really well to short-duration, high-intensity grazing. An individual grass plant has roughly the same amount of roots below the ground . . . → Read More: Community Grazing

Cruelty in Shearing Sheds

Recently, PETA produced video footage of horrendous acts of cruelty in woolsheds around Australia. We thought we should respond to this with some of our own experiences of spending quite a bit of time in various sheds over the years.

Firstly, we’ve never seen anything like the cruelty in the video. Shearers who hurt . . . → Read More: Cruelty in Shearing Sheds

Demonstrating Provenance

It has been brought to our attention that there has been several cases of so called free range meat producers buying livestock out of the saleyards and sending it straight to the abattoir, then selling it as their own, home grown product. In one case we heard of , the offender was simply buying . . . → Read More: Demonstrating Provenance

The Agroecosystem

No, it’s not an angry habitat.

There are very few environments on this planet that have not been touched by human beings. But is that a bad thing?

We often see ourselves as being outside the system but like all living things we take our sustenance and shelter from the environment in which we . . . → Read More: The Agroecosystem

Living in Our Neck of the Woods

Last month when we were about to leave for the markets we had a small mishap. The ute was packed, the dog was tied on. We unplugged the cool room from the shed and went to start the generator. The starter cord came off in Anthony’s hand as he pulled it. Ok, . . . → Read More: Living in Our Neck of the Woods

Language and Livestock Handling

As we redesign and rebuild our cattle yards we have been thinking about how the language we use affects our attitudes and therefore our actions. We have always had a problem in the area where the cattle are guided into the “race,” the long narrow lane where they travel in single file towards the . . . → Read More: Language and Livestock Handling

Meat free week

This week is “Meat Free Week”, a campaign run by “Voiceless,” an animal welfare activist group. The idea is to give up eating meat for one week, in order to raise awareness and money (through sponsorship), of the health, animal welfare and environmental problems caused by factory farming. You can check out their website . . . → Read More: Meat Free Week