I'll be talking about the following topics and will expand on them over the coming weeks on this blog.
Our beliefs – they “why” we farm this way:
· Wanted to save old rare breeds – intensive farming doesn’t suit these breeds so they are becoming very rare – we try to conserve our native animals, why not conserve farm animals too?
· Ethical farming – animals being treated humanely – confined Vs free range
· Healthy Food – healthy regenerative farming practices produce healthy, nutrient dense food.
· Taking control of market forces
o We can all make a difference by making different choices with regards to producing and purchasing food
o We choose to direct sell our product – paddock to plate concept
· Our farming and marketing style keep money in the local community – this keeps money circulating within the community – helps everyone
What we do and how we do it:
· Daily check and feeding of pigs – each day starts with feeding pigs. Legislative requirements to check pigs each day
· Weigh pigs each week for selling. Deliver to the abattoir each week. We supply some butchers, private delivery orders and sell at the markets
· Wean every 2-3 weeks.
· Outside fences are netting to keep out wild pigs and dingoes
· Inside fencing is electric – 2 wires
· Some portable water and shelters so that we can move from paddock to paddock when we move the pigs – we rotate the pigs to rest pastures
· Compare ours to conventional – sterile environment, visitors (if allowed) need protective clothing, small packed pens, automatic feeding of antibiotics and other drugs
· Kids are our future – kids have a perception that animals live happy lives on farms.
o Advertisers target kids with colour etc – this is mostly false
· Regenerative farming is the farming of the future – looking after the environment and the animals
· More people needed as it’s more labour intensive – rural properties always looking for people
· Might cost more, but pay now (for food) or pay later (for doctors)
· Without Aussie farmers, we won’t have Aussie food
· The kids today are the farmers of tomorrow – we can change - one kid at a time.