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Today is brought to you by the Letter B

I had a great reaction to the Letter A post and thanks for all the input, it seems the Auger brought out many responses and most similar to those with which I described. I am not a professional farmer by any means so my blog is light-hearted and I hope will bring many a laugh, if I offend (don’t read me)

“Warning this blog contains words that may offend and make your ears bleed (if you could hear it) and make you laugh out loud. That can’t be helped as it would mean you would have worked out the word and the code associated with it or can envisage the action”

Today is brought to you by the Letter B

At every farm door they are there, they stand waiting for the opportunity to be tripped over, they can be covered in mud, all different sorts of pooh, dog, sheep & cattle but are the backbone of farming life. They stay where they are left, be it at the back door or the front door, it is custom that they are removed from feet when entering farm houses to save the farmers wives from continually having to clean and wash the floors.

They are the boots of the workers and people who reside within the dwelling, and I can guarantee you no matter which door you take your boots off at they will be at the wrong door when you need to put them on again to go outside. There is no organization of these boots and you can guarantee that you will at some stage trip over them, kick them out-of-the-way in frustration and anger and the trick is to ensure you empty them out before you put you foot into them. They become home to millipedes, the odd mouse, moths, beetles, bugs and anything else that may climb in there to get away from cats or light.

They have been known to have been kicked and sworn at in the same motion. They are bastards amongst other things. the trouble with kicking them away is that at some point they need to be retrieved, to be worn. The farmer here loves to occasionally clean them or rub them down with beef fat (think the fat from vertical and grills. Yes it puts a shine on them but as soon as the dogs smell them they lick them (yuck) He also puts beeswax on them should we have some in the house.

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.At times in the country getting contractors in is a necessity, as farming machinery is so expensive unless you are using it for more than 2 months of the year it is an asset parked in a building lying idle.  Getting contractors in to do work is important as it helps to continue the daily running of the farm, most of the time they are friends and neighbours which can be a little difficult. (Please take this all in jest as we appreciate what you do – just not having to pay for it )

One of the necessary items that a farm can require is a baler (we do not have one of these) we get contractors in to do this work, It is a skill raking and bailing hay and is environmentally controlled – too hot and it can catch fire so they stop, too cold and once baled with too much moisture the bale can spontaneously erupt. Think about some of those hay shed fires that appear randomly in the news it may have been incorrect baling of hay that may have caused it. This is a machine that rakes and collects the hay and strings it up in either round or square bales which will get fed out to the animals when feed is less on the ground. This could have belonged to yesterdays blog when for when the bill arrives for this there can be the word a**hole bastards or worse. (yes, you knew it was coming).

Despite the fact that all the working black / tan dogs on the farm are bitches, they have been called Bastards, loudly and often, most times when they are working and get over enthusiastic and won’t “SIT DOWN, GET OVER, COME HERE, GET UP HERE” (all said in capitals as he is yelling), it is here they become a bunch of bastards.

Black Angus cattle is what we produce here, they are beautiful animals for sure and with the limited amount of people who come here our ‘beasts’ (what else do you call a 500Kilo + animal? ) are fairly quiet. I sometimes look at him when we are together doing ‘jobs’ there are lots of items and movement that need the encouragement of the B word.  “COME ON YOU BASTARD” is commonplace when “we” can’t start engines, when “we” can’t dislodge items from equipment, when “we” are demonstrating how to get out of being bogged by deliberately getting bogged and then one gets bogged and realizes they do not have the equipment on the Ute they need to use to show you how to get out and to get themselves out. Oh the irony, here and one must remember not to change facial features (smile or laugh) for fear of the death stare or worse being sworn at.

One of my first trips out with him to see the property he stated “I shouldn’t drive through here as I always get bogged” I said “well don’t then” to which he did and by the time he finished trying to get out of it the mud was up to the foot guard of the Ute, it took over an hour to get me out as he left me in said vehicle with the dogs and walked back to the property approx. 5 km’s get a tractor and pull us out, this has not been an isolated incident.

One of the other things farmers do is going to clearing sales where they purchase other people’s goods. “We” like to buy books on farming amongst other things, now these items are things that are not wanted by other farmers who are moving off properties yet they seem to find their way in my home, we have a bookshelf of books that can be “thrown away” except for the farming books – note to self – that is all that is in the bookshelf.

Sometimes I feel this farming game may be the bloody death of me or at the least lack of expansion of my vocabulary. Please feel free to add any farm implement starting with B that gets the farmers blood boiling. One of the necessary B items the farm has on hand is booze and after some days you can’t drink enough to be rid of the sights and sounds of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintaining animal health in trying weather conditions

Everyday we read the papers, drought in the USA, floods in the tropics, minimal rainfall in parts of Australia and well I don’t think I have ever met a farmer who has no interest in the weather. I know we do and I never considered really what climatic conditions do until I married a farmer in the Upper South East of South Australia. I don’t know how many times I had to ask why the yearly average rainfall was important and what was ours… 17 inches. Rain is still talked about in inches despite Australia being metric.

My husband is second generation farmer who loves the land, loves the animals and well it is his passion and hobby. He is not happy unless he is fixing something, doing something, mending fences, planting trees, painting equipment and cleaning up around stock yards, sheds and the house. His pride in his ‘work’ is only matched by his knowledge of the property we own 5000 acres or 2023.428 hectares of land. He plants crop and we have Angus Cattle and Dorper sheep, which currently I am bottle feeding twin brothers whose mother died and they sit or sleep touching each other. I can not guarantee they will not be sold for meat but the level of comfort and care they receive is a testament to my husbands caring for his animals. They now live in my 1 acre or .404 hectare vegetable garden, but the concern is that we are going into a dry period. Ben is facing the camera.

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I won’t talk about climate change as we have over 60 years of rainfall records kept by his father and now him and the average hasn’t changed and some years it’s less or more, we are not seeing what the ‘experts’ are saying so I will leave this topic alone. What we are seeing and hearing is the cry of animals looking for food so we are buying hay to feed them. We do not feed lot – that is place them in a confined area and feed them grain, this is not part of our practice and takes away our grass-fed status. Animals that eat from pastures are getting a more balanced and nutritious diet thus making the meat of the cattle tender and tastier. If you think about it, natural pastures in our part of the world include veldt grass, rye grass, clover and planted Lucerne whereas a feedlot or grain fed cattle get barley or wheat or a mixture of grain to sustain their diet. This also goes for lambs.

How do we looking at our dry pastures keep feeding the animals to maintain a healthy weight range and balance to sustain the herd? Well we purchase hay from other farms and every second day he loads hay and takes it to the animals in the different areas of our property they reside. We are waiting for rain and a break in the season so that the native vegetation begins to grow which will help the land rejuvenate and animals settle back to not looking for the Ute and trailer piled high with hay

 

Angus Beef is best (we are bias)

Angus Beef vs Wagyu Beef

What Is Angus Beef?

Originally developed in Scotland in the late 1700’s, Angus have always been bred purely for the production of highest quality beef indicated by the smooth, close-grained texture, carnation red colour & finely marbled fat within the lean muscle. Angus is now the dominant breed in the major beef producing countries of the world where beef quality is considered all-important. In Australia, Angus is continuing this dominance, winning gold medals in various prestigious beef tasting competitions & carcass competitions across all breeds at Australia’s Royal Agricultural Societies Shows. According to the Angus Cattle Society in 1989 there were only 9227 registered calves now there is over 62,000 registered Angus calves. The first imports from Scotland can be traced back to Tasmania in the 1820’s then the mainland in 1840’s they are now found all over Australia.

They have a good temperament, consistent weight gain & good marbling traits. The Angus Society in the US have one of the longest genetic histories of any breed. Genetics is used simply for selection, not for modification.

What Is Wagyu Beef?

Wagyu is a Japanese word – ‘wa’ meaning Japanese and ‘gyu’ meaning cattle. The term ‘Wagyu beef‘ can be applied to meat from any cattle of the Wagyu Breed and was introduced into Australia in 1991. The Wagyu breed is genetically predisposed to intense marbling & produces a higher percentage of unsaturated fat than any other breed of cattle in the world. Australian wagyu cattle are grain fed for the last 300–500 days of production. Wagyu bred in Western Australia’s Margaret River region often have red wine added to their feed as well.

Caloundra Station in the Upper South East of South Australia is second generation breeders of Angus Cattle, Contact us for any information

Is grass fed meat different to grain fed that everyone talks about?

According to Joanna Hay Editor from the Nourished Magazine published back in 2008 http://editor.nourishedmagazine.com.au

http://editor.nourishedmagazine.com.au/articles/health-benefits-of-grass-fed-beef – read the full article here

‘”Grass-fed beef, or beef produced from cattle finished on forage only diets, has been touted as a more nutritious beef product. There are a number of reports that show grass-fed beef products contain elevated concentrations of (Vitamin A,) Beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a more desirable omega-3:omega-6 ratio, and increased levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)”

How do we define “grass-fed?” The cattle are on pasture, not in feed lots eating silage. They are also finished on grass, and do not eat grains at all. We don’t process animals in the winter or early spring, when they are only eating dry grass. Our animals are eating green grass right up to the time of processing. All of our pastures are free from the use of pesticides or other chemical treatments, and completely organic.

Our Angus Cattle and White Dorper lamb meet all the requirements of Standards Australia  with a preference for grass fed animals which are lower in fat and healthier for the consumer.We humanely raise excellent grass / pasture fed Beef and Lamb in the Upper South East of South Australia on our 5000 acre property “Caloundra Station”.Our Cattle and Sheep are free to roam in the pastures eating a mixture of Lucerne, Rye Grass, Clover and Veldt grass. These food stuff’s are naturally occurring and Lucerne being planted by us.

Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. Of all the fats, they are the most heart-friendly. People who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack. Omega-3s are essential for your brain as well. People with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer’s disease

Believe it or not Americans use this on their websites, know what you are ordering, know what your family is eating. Here is Australia many restaurants love using “grainfed for 100 days”. This just means the animals have been placed in a feed lot and fattened up. The meat will taste different to grass fed free roaming animals.

Down load our order form and order today, you will LOVE the difference, healthy for you and your family,

read full article http://www.springhillbeefhamper.com.au/grass-fed-beef