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Farming is really is an Art

Farming is not for the faint of heart, the vegan or anyone with cruel intentions. It is an art, a business, a passion and much like Nurses it really is a calling. My husband has it, I openly admit I do not, I married into it with little understanding and as I say he would have forgotten more about farming than I would ever learn. As a career I chose nursing and for as long as I can remember it was my ‘go to costume’ dress up, I wanted to work in a big hospital and save lives, I am lucky this is what I have done. Here I am at 4.5yrs with my twin sister – she was a chef

My husband on the other hand can not remember anything but farming, he lives where he grew up, he has walked miles and miles around the property that his parents worked and saved to purchase what he now owns. He loves it and when asked he has no plans to leave, we look like having a retirement plan which will be different than most, as I plan not to be here.

I haven’t even given thought to staying, I want to go back to the city, living on the land is hard and it is an art form. Even to work out the measurements of feed stuffs for animals including milk replacer is an art, one needs to judge weights, how old they may be, if they have had colostrum from Mum before being orphaned. This is for all animals that my husband rescues, there is never a good or bad time for death and births on farming, though the farmer plans breeding times so that he can be here when it occurs so that they have assistance – especially the cattle.

he will get up and check them 3 times per day, move them into paddocks with better feed quality. when some cows give birth they hide their young in trees and shelters so that they can grow in the first few weeks so we re conscious of the fact that there needs to be little traffic, by way of people, dogs, utes and motorbikes until the mum brings them out from their hiding places.

Occasionally there can be a separation or if there is a twin birth, one can be left behind. the farmer has a method for this also. He catches the calf puts a dog collar on it and collects it and drives it around the mobs to see if it will mother up. I have watched while some cows will kick away the calf that isn’t their own and I know of farmers who will bring a cow whose calf has died and calf who’s mother has died into the cattle yards rub deodorant onto each of their noses for a couple of days until the cow accepts the calf as it’s own. Apparently this can work. Amazing what farmers will do to save their animals.

Farming is an Art, one that I am learning quickly and work hard to save our animals? It is not my passion but I have oodles of compassion and will do all I can to look after the land and the animals? What’s your passion? Are you and your partner compatible in work and ideals? we are not polar opposites but we have opposite ideas and discuss these often.

How to cook cube roll

Today we are moving into lots of gourmet cooking at home. Paleo is forefront of many consumers, grass-fed and paddock fed are common names that get blogged about talked about and asked for when purchasing meat. Did you know most farmers in Australia are grass fed, that is a standard mode of practice and those that feedlot do so as there is also a good market for this meat. All practices in Australia are monitored and all animals are treated with care and dignity.

We can supply standard cuts and full set natural cuts, which is good if you want to buy in bulk. The cube roll is a popular cut but if cooked incorrectly can become “chewy” and if cutting into steaks – cut them thin and tenderise them like your grandmother or mother did in the 70’s . A quick hit on each side with a hammer will soften the meat and make it tender.

Cube steak is also known as tenderized steak or “minute steak.” There are many ways to cook cube steak, including baking, barbequing, stewing, stuffing and serving it in roll-ups. The cube roll is a mix of the top round or sirloin steak, depending upon your butcher.

Send us your favourite recipe, we’d love to publish it. I’ll post mine later, with a Paleo influence. Either way grass-fed or grain-fed in Australia, the meat is always of good quality.

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Food is Medicine

Isn’t that line catchy? there is a course being offered Free of charge through Monash University on food is medicine. I have enrolled to do this, as primary producers, we always seem to be made out to be the ones not doing the right thing.

We have to contend with, “no added hormones”, “no antibiotics”are you “gluten free?”is a classic when people talk to me about meat. We don’t feed our cattle or lamb any form of gluten so yes, meat is gluten free. Sausages on the other hand can be made with breadcrumbs and other ingredients to give it bulk.

The Urban myths around sausage fillers :sawdust swept up from the old butchers floor or the one about the ground up chicken beaks, which is not even logical. It does not pay to think about how anyone would even contemplate getting the beaks off the chooks in the first place, never alone having enough for all the butchers in Australia.

 

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/food-as-medicine

 

Grass Fed Animals

Grass Fed

Did you know that in Australia the majority of Cattle and Lamb are raised on natural pastures and grasses so it is classified as grass fed or paddock fed and sometimes called free range. All different breeds and seasons can influence the quality of beef and lamb produced on grass.

Livestock grazed on pastures absorb a pigment from the grass called carotene, which can result in fat that has a yellowish tone. This has no effect on the eating quality; however some markets express a preference for a whiter colour. Marbling can be achieved in grass fed cattle, organic cattle , ask a farmer today.

It is said that grass fed meat has a complex flavour due to a varied pastoral diet.

In Australia, at any one point in time, approximately 97% of cattle are located in a grass fed environment.

Grain Fed

Cattle are generally grain fed because the quality of grass at certain times of the year or during poor seasons (such as droughts) is such that it doesn’t contain enough nutrients for the cattle to grow to required weights. In addition, grain feeding cattle increases the red meat industry’s ability to produce a consistent product – yield, quality and supply.

In Australia, at any one point in time, approximately 3% of cattle are being grain fed. To be classified as grain fed cattle need to be fed more than 60 days.

Grain fed beef tends to have brighter white fat, more marbling in meat than grass fed beef resulting in a more buttery flavour.  This marbling is a result of the type of feed cattle receive during their time in the feedlot as well as the breed of cattle being fed.

Taken from the http://www.beefandlamb.com.au

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Our ‘pet bulls” in the house yard

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