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Post-organic Beef and Lamb

Post-organic meat is the closest you can get to eating wild meat without hunting. The three components of post-organic farming are outlined here.
Animals are allowed to graze in large mobs with family groups remaining intact, across large areas of diverse country. In our case that means from creek flats to steep gullies and ridges; heavily wooded areas and areas of clear grassy land. When given the opportunity, sheep and cattle will utilise all these kinds of areas for eating, shelter and playing. Their typical diet can consist of the usual stuff of grasses, forbes and legumes; plus shrubs, tree bark and leaves, mosses and lichens, termite mounds, reeds and sedges, the list goes on. If it’s available they’ll probably utilise it in some way. The important point here is the animals eat for their own health, not for the profit of the farmers. This means the meat they produce is much healthier than beef and lamb from animals who are grazed on a monoculture of introduced grasses, grain or lucerne crops. Even beef sold as organic or grass fed can still be grazed on crops for “performance” rather than for health.
Accreditation is performed, not by an external body who knows nothing about the land the farm is on, but by the customers themselves, by means of an open dialogue between producer and consumer. In our case, our farm diary serves this purpose. We post regular stories on what we are doing, and how and why we are doing it. This ranges from the big decisions on breeding etc, to simple day to day tasks.
The final aspect to post-organic farming is price. For too long organic and free range producers have perpetuated the myth that it is more expensive to produce high quality food using natural methods. In fact, the reverse is true. While production may be a little lower, the much lower input costs mean that the cost is comparable to industrially produced food. There is simply no justification for charging 50 – 100% more for this produce. We set our prices so that they roughly match the prices of the two major supermarket chains, (for their standard products, not the branded ones).