Sunday, August 31, 2014

Growing Our Own Meat..................

What a wonderful sunny week end we have been having here.
I have been doing lots of pruning and planting in the garden, but
today I thought I would show you some of the animals we have here and give you
a break from gardening posts.

These animals are for food, yes we still name them and treat them as pets but we know that
they will end up on the table. This is all new to us,  we have had our first lamb
this winter and have been enjoying it. Yes it does taste better and we know exactly what we are eating.

We have our two pigs that are growing well but get shy when ever I go to
take there photos....Bruce wants to make a smoke house and experiment with smoking
when we slaughter them. This is exciting to us and we are reading all we can about smoking, we don't know any one that has done this before so if any one out there has any tips that would be good.

It won't be long and we will be able to slaughter our first cow from those heard, meanwhile they are
doing a good job eating all the grass before summer gets here and the threat of fires.

We have our chickens that we are getting lots of eggs from each day.
Our new addition is meat chickens 21 of them....We love chicken and it is so expensive to buy free range organic chicken. We got our organic grain from Heritage seeds out at Pittsworth.
Costing will work out at $6 per chook now that is half what I pay and the chook will be twice the size.

We don't need to worry about fish as my friend
runs a fish farm 7 mins away so fresh fish is close. I do enjoy 
ocean fish and will still buy Salmon when I can.

Next on the list is turkey for Christmas, and I would like some geese to keep in the 
food forest to keep the insects down. I don't like the taste of duck so I don't think we will be getting any of them even though if I could buy some Indian Runners I would
because they are a beautiful animal.

What do you have in the way of home grown meat???
It's taken me a long time to get this far and I am enjoying our farm so much and 
all that we can grow here, knowing every thing is free of ALL chemicals and sprays and 
all feed that we supplement is organic.

Enjoy your week end


  1. Hi Mandy, A friend on the farm across the road from us , many moons ago said the secret of a good turkey was to only let it grow for a short time ( 3 months?) she used to sell heaps every Christmas and they were tender and moist, but not HUGE, best to have a delisious small turkey and a chook, than a big turkey that is not so nice.

  2. We try and buy organic meat when we can, but we do eat our homegrown roosters and they are so delicious, they taste so different to the ones in shop.