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Fabulous Fertiliser!

We have just had the trucks rolling in today with our fertiliser.  We use a beautiful biological mix of calcium, carbon and a good dose of microbes.  There is no added nitrogen in our fertiliser.  This biological mix was developed by Peter Burton of Functional Fertiliser.  He has done extensive research into fertiliser and developed his mix back in the late 1990’s as an alternative to the chemical fertiliser used by majority of farmers.  Peter was encouraged into developing an alternative as he did not like the smell of the chemical fertilisers that were recommended by his fertiliser rep for use on his dairy farm.  After much research and ongoing testing against conventionally fertilised farms Peter has proven that his...

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Life Begins at 40

Since I turned 40 last year and am now well on my way to being “middle aged”, the health benefits of Collagen have become a bit more relevant.  Collagen is a natural protein found in the hides, connective tissue and bones of animals and also fish and shell-fish.  It is an important part of human skin and gets depleted over time causing the look of aging in skin.  Collagen keeps the elasticity in the skin which reduces wrinkles and keeps us looking youthful.  It can also become depleted in joints causing arthritis like symptoms. We can replete Collagen in our skin and joints by taking supplemental forms of collagen and, best of all, by eating it.  Once again the best...

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Shearing at Waitangihia Station for Absolute NZ Meat

While the weather is cooler, we are getting stuck into shearing our 2,500 ewes. During this busy time we call in shearers from Ruatoria to help get through our stock. After an hour and a half journey to reach us, they start shearing from 7am working a nine hour day before they venture on their hour and a half journey home. Depending upon whether the weather is kind, it takes two or three days of hard work to get through the stock. We choose to shear our sheep a little earlier than many in preparation for lambing starting in a few weeks. By shearing sheep at this time we have found that they are more likely to seek warm shelter...

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Magic Mince

This recipe is for all the busy people out there.  I make this once a week and it always lasts for two meals for the 6 of us.   It is a busy time of year on the Coast – rugby season has started for the kids.  This involves two trainings per week which are one hour from where we live – meaning a round trip of over three hours. Then a game Saturday that can be one, one and-a-half or two hours away depending upon who’s hosting.   The positives for committing to East Coast JAB rugby are: the kids love it and have made some great friends who they don’t get to see otherwise as we live too far from...

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Happy Days!

Well we have just returned home from a whirl-wind trip to Auckland for the inaugural Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards.  This competition was the brain-child of Nicola and Kathie from Marvellous Marketing and sponsored by NZ Life and Leisure magazine.  The competition was designed to find food producers and craft makers New Zealand wide who are growing and making outstanding products that they are branding and selling.  Outstanding Food Producers judging panel tasted the products in March and Thursday’s awards were made based on taste and sustainability.  I entered our Absolute Angus Porterhouse Steak in this competition and we were so fortunate to win! Not only did we win our category, OUTSTANDING PRODUCER PADDOCK PRIMARY, we were named SUPREME WINNER...

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