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17 October 2018 Please Note: due to the prolonged lack of rain, we are only able to provide lamb products at this time. Buy your Grass Fed Beef and Lamb direct from the producer in our beef, lamb or combination packs. Exceptional eating and great value. We deliver throughout Australia, refrigerated to your door!  

Grass Fed Beef and Lamb

Running of cattle and sheep together has given us a powerful ecological tool for repair and rehabilitation of our pastures. The ‘Herd Effect’ and ‘Animal Impact’ are tools that we have used through our grazing system to repair and restore problem areas, increasing total yield. This allows us to grow all of our meat the way nature intended – from grass.

Eric R. J. Harvey

Eric is a member of Stipa Native Grass Association, Australian Simmental Breeders Association, Australian Professional Woolclassers Association At Gilgai Farms he regularly host field days and training days for a number of organizations wishing to showcase and teach regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices.

Ecological Farming Systems

Gilgai Farm’s ecological farming system promotes an increase in biodiversity to build a resilient ecosystem able to withstand fluctuations in temperatures, rainfall patterns and climate variability while producing healthy and nutritious, quality foods.

Biological Farming

By restoring a chain of ponds system and wetland areas we are rehydrating our landscape to recreate the naturally fertile conditions of the land prior to European settlement. Compost teas are restoring our soil microbial activity which has produced astounding results.

Chain of ponds on Gilgai Farms

Identifying our Flora and Fauna

Dubbo Field Naturalist & Conservation Society Inc are coming to Gilgai Farms on Sunday the 20th of March. We hope that this might become a regular event to help us monitor the birdlife on the properties. There are a number of species that have returned over the last few years and hopefully these might be properly identified in future.

How Well Has The Media And Government Informed The Public About CO2 Levels In The Air?

Ask yourself, your friends, family and work associates if they know the answers to the following questions about Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Be sure to write your answers before looking at the following pages.

Question 1. What percentage of the atmosphere do you think is CO2?

Question 2. Have you ever seen the percentage given in any media?

Question 3. What percentage of the CO2 is man-made?

Question 4. What percentage of the man-made CO2 does Australia produce?

Question 5. Is CO2 is a pollutant?

Question 6. Have you ever seen any evidence that CO2 causes a greenhouse effect?

I have asked over 100 people these questions. Virtually everyone says they don’t know the answers so ask them to tell you what their perception is by what they have learnt from the media, the government and Green groups. Let them know there is no right or wrong answer as you are just doing a survey as to what people have perceived the answers to be from these sources.

The answers to these questions are fundamental to evaluating the global warming scare YET almost no one knows the facts. However, without this knowledge we can’t make an informed decision about whether Climate Change is natural or not.

Following are respondent’s perceptions followed by the correct answers. The bulk of the respondents (over 100 to date) are educated fairly well to very well. They comprise business managers in a diversity of large and small companies, those in medical profession, accounting, law, sales, engineering as well as scientists and trades people.

Q1. What {12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of the air is CO2? Respondent’s Answers: nearly all were 20{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} – 40{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}, the highest was 75{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} while the lowest were 10{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}- 2{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}.

The Correct Answer: CO2 is less than a mere four 100ths of 1{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}! As a decimal it is 0.038{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}. As a fraction it is 1/27th of 1{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}. (Measurements for CO2 vary from one source to another from 0.036{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}- 0.039{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} due to the difficulty in measuring such a small quantity and due to changes in wind direction e.g. whether the air flow is from an industrialized region or a volcanic emission etc) Nitrogen is just over 78{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}, Oxygen is just under 21{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} and Argon is almost 1{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}. CO2 is a minute trace gas at 0.038{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}. We all learnt the composition of the air in both primary and high school but because most people don’t use science in their day to day living, they have forgotten this. Also, the vast bulk of the population have very little knowledge of science so they find it impossible to make judgements about even basic scientific issues let alone ones as complex as climate. This makes it easy for those with agendas to deceive us by using emotive statements rather than facts. For a detailed breakup of the atmosphere go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Earth#Composition

Q2. Have you seen a percentage for CO2 given in the media?
Respondent’s answers: All said ’No’.

Q3. What {12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of CO2 do humans produce?
Respondent’s answers ranged from as high as 100{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} with most estimating it to be between 75{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} to 25{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} and only four said they thought it was between 10{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} and 2 {12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}.

The Correct Answer: Nature produces nearly all of it. Humans produce only 3{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}. As a decimal it is a miniscule 0.001{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of the air. All of mankind produces only one molecule of CO2 in around every 90,000 air molecules! Yes, that’s all.

Q4. What {12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of man-made CO2 does Australia produce?
Respondent’s Answers ranged from 20{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} to 5{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}.

The Correct Answer is 1{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of the 0.001{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of man-made CO2. As a decimal it is an insignificant 0.00001{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of the air. That’s one, one-hundredth thousandth of the air. That is what all the fuss is about! That’s one CO2 molecule from Australia in every 9,000,000 molecules of air. It has absolutely no affect at all.

We have been grossly misled to think there is tens of thousands of times as much CO2 as there is! Why has such important information been withheld from the public? If the public were aware that man-made CO2 is so incredibly small there would be very little belief in a climate disaster so the media would not be able to make a bonanza from years of high sales by selling doomsday stories. Governments and Green groups would not be able to justify a carbon tax that will greatly raise the cost of everything. Major international banks and the stock market would not make massive profits out of carbon trading and many in the science community would not be getting large research grants.

Q5. Is CO2 a pollutant?
Respondent’s Answers: All thought it was a pollutant, at least to some degree.

The Correct Answer: CO2 is a harmless, trace gas. It is as necessary for life – just as oxygen and nitrogen are. It is a natural gas that is clear, tasteless and odourless. It is in no way a pollutant.

Calling CO2 a ‘pollutant’ leads many to wrongly think of it as black, grey or white smoke. Because the media deceitfully show white or grey ‘smoke’ coming out of power station cooling towers, most think this is CO2. It is not: it’s just steam (water vapour) condensing in the air. CO2 is invisible: just breathe out and see. Look at it bubbling out of your soft drinks, beer or sparkling wine. No one considers that a pollutant – because it’s not. CO2 in its frozen state is commonly known as dry ice. It is used in camping eskys, in medical treatments and science experiments. No one considers that a pollutant either. CO2 is emitted from all plants. This ‘emission’ is not considered a pollutant even though this alone is 33 times more than man produces! Huge quantities of CO2 are dissolved naturally in the ocean and released from the warm surface. This is not considered a pollutant either. The two large cooling towers are emitting only steam. A tiny amount of CO2 is trickling out of the thin chimney at centre. It is only barely visible due to a small quantity of smoke particles, most of which is filtered out nowadays. The media doesn’t like to show skinny CO2 chimneys emitting nothing visible because this is unimpressive and not the least bit emotive so it doesn’t make for sensationalist journalism. So they typically choose to deceive the public by showing cooling towers.

Q6. Have you seen any evidence that CO2 causes a greenhouse effect? Respondent’s Answers: Most did not know of any definite proof. Some said they thought the melting of the Arctic and glaciers was possibly proof.

The Correct Answer: There is no proof at all. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (the IPCC) has never produced any proof. There are, however the following proofs that it can’t cause a greenhouse effect.

• It is true that CO2 can absorb heat a little faster than nitrogen and oxygen but it becomes no hotter because it cannot absorb anymore heat than there is available to the other gases. This is against the laws of thermodynamics. All gases share their heat with the other gases. Gas molecules fly around and are constantly colliding with other gas molecules so they immediately lose any excess heat to other molecules during these collisions. That’s why the air is all one temperature in any limited volume.

• Even if CO2 levels were many times higher, radiative heating physics shows that it would make virtually no difference to temperature because it has a very limited heating ability. With CO2, the more there is, the less it heats because it quickly becomes saturated. For a detailed explanation go to: http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.html

The following facts show that even high levels of CO2 can make almost no impact on heating the atmosphere.

1. Glasshouses with high levels of CO2 – hundreds of times higher than in the air to make plants grow faster – heat up during the day to the same temperature as glasshouses with air in them. This is also true for bottles of pure CO2 compared to ones with air.

2. The planets Venus and Mars have atmospheres that are almost entirely CO2 (97{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}) yet they have no ‘runaway’ greenhouse heating effect. Their temperatures are stable.

3. The geological record over hundreds of millions of years has shown that CO2 has had no affect whatsoever on climate. At times, CO2 was hundreds of times higher, yet there were ice ages.

4. In recent times when Earth was considerably warmer during the Roman Warming and the Medieval Warming, the higher temperatures then were totally natural because there was no industrialization back then.

• Water vapour is 4{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of the air and that‘s 100 times as much as CO2. Water vapour absorbs 33 times as much heat as CO2 making CO2’s contribution insignificant. But like CO2, water vapour also gives this heat away to air molecules by contact (conduction) and radiation, thereby making the surrounding air the same temperature.

• The Earth’s atmosphere is very thin so its heat is continually being lost to the absolute coldness of outer space (-270 C). As there is no ‘ceiling’ to the atmosphere, surface heat cannot be retained. The Sun renews warmth every day.

Over the last few years Earth has had much colder winters due to very few magnetic storms on the Sun. These four increasingly colder winters have been particularly noticeable in the northern hemisphere where most of the land is. Because of this, the Arctic has re-frozen and glaciers that were receding are now surging due to the heavy snow falls. The Arctic showed some melting around its edges from the mid 90s to the mid 2000s due to the very high level of solar storm activity at that time. But as the Sun is now entering probably 2-4 decades of low solar activity, this is expected to cause global cooling.

The climate has always been naturally cyclic and variable due to numerous natural drivers of which CO2 is not one. Over millions of years the climate has shown far greater changes in the geological record than we have seen over the last 200 hundred years – and there was no industrialization back then. The very minor variations we have witnessed over the last 100 years have all occurred several times even in that short period. Today’s changes in climate are common and completely natural. There are now over 50 books that provide numerous reasons why man-made global warming is false.

The Effect of the Sun on Earth’s climate

It has long been known that the Sun is by far the major driver of all weather on Earth because it is the source of all heat and energy. There is absolutely no real-world evidence that the temperature has continually risen as we were led to believe. The hottest records in the USA and Greenland were in the 1930s due to a strong solar cycle. It became cooler from 1940 to 1970. This was due to a weak solar cycle. It has again become increasingly colder since 2006 due to another weak solar cycle. The Sun’s magnetic storm activity has now moved to an extended minimum so the next 2-4 maximums are expected to be much weaker than the last few have been. By 2011 the solar cycle should have risen half way back to its 11 year maximum but it hasn’t! It’s only just started. The last time the Sun acted this way was during the Dalton Minimum from 1790 to 1830 which produced 40 years of very cold winters with subdued, wetter summers globally – just as we are expiring now. From 1450 -1750 a more intense Maunder Minimum occurred which caused the Little Ice Age. The next 2-4 solar cycles will very likely be low in solar activity causing noticeably cooler global temperatures for a few decades. For details see: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/02/02/solar-cycle-24-update and http://www.climatechangedenier.com.au/climate-change/another-dalton-minimum/

The effect of the current Solar Minimum is particularly obvious in the northern hemisphere where increasingly colder winter temperatures have caused massive snow falls disrupting transportation across Europe, Asia and the US.

Despite more than a decade of continual doomsday predictions of increasing temperatures and never-ending drought globally, the opposite has happened. There have been lower temperatures globally with greatly increased rain and snows over much of the planet since 2006. This has caused floods across most of Australia and most other counties, as seen on the TV news. This ended the global 10 year drought conditions from the mid 90s to the mid 2000s. There has been no drop in CO2 to cause this: in fact, CO2 has risen. There is no correlation between CO2 levels and climate. The reason CO2 levels have gone up a little is most likely due to the surface of the oceans warming very slightly during the later half of the century and therefore releasing a little CO2. (The oceans are currently cooling very slightly.) Mankind’s contribution to CO2 is so small it’s not measurable.

Polls on Climate Change
Polls in western countries now show that believers in man-made global warming are now in the minority with a sizable percentage of over 20{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} who “don’t know” if CO2 is causing any change. The obvious change to a cooler, wetter climate combined with the revelations of climate fraud shown by the Climategate emails has led to the change in public perception. Polls asking people what is the most important threat to them out of a list of 20 issues, place global warming at the bottom!

Popular beliefs are not fact
The bulk of the population of the western world believed that the 2000 Bug would destroy much of our technology on New Year’s Eve 2000 yet not one disaster occurred anywhere. We were told CFCs caused the Ozone ‘hole’ yet after billions of dollars were spent removing CFCs over 30 years, the slight depletion of Ozone at the South Pole has not changed. Scientists now think it is natural. Popular beliefs are often based on blind faith, ideology and profit rather than proven scientific evidence. History is littered with popular consensuses that were wrong.

A Carbon Tax
Taxing CO2 achieves nothing for the environment; in fact, it deprives real environmental issues from receiving funds. A carbon tax will have a disastrous impact on lower and middle income earners
. Even if drastic measures were imposed equally on all countries around the world to reduce the total human CO2 contribution by as much as 30{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854}, this would reduce total CO2 by an insignificant percentage. It would have no affect whatsoever on the climate but it would totally destroy the economies of every country and dramatically lower everyone’s living standards. Most people and politicians are making decisions emotively, not factually about a complex science they know virtually nothing about.

Gregg D Thompson
Climate Researcher Astronomer
Environmentalist
Author of two science books
Business Manager and Director of 3 companies
Author of science magazine articles Designer and project manager of special effects attractions
Nature photographer
Has a great interest in most sciences
Loves creating innovation in art

February 2011

Welcome and a Happy New Year to you all even though it is already February. It seems that this year is going to go as quickly as 2010 did.

November and December were best described as “frantic” as we tried to shear our sheep and harvest a barley crop in an exceptionally wet 2 months. We had the total rainfall of 2009, fall from the 1st of November to the 14th of December in 2010.
It was very wet and at times frustrating being able to see a bumper crop in the field and not being able to get it harvested and into the silos. Our rainfall records dating from 1951, show that 2010 was our wettest year on record. We ended up with 1183mm of rainfall for the year almost double our long term average of 600mm of rainfall.

We were however very Blessed to have been able to harvest what we did of the crop and to complete our shearing.

Our thoughts and prayers have been with the many friends and all the people who have been affected by the floods and now cyclones all over Australia.
Our daughter Hayley and husband Scott were forced to leave their home in Emerald for 2 nights with the floodwaters that were experienced in that part of Queensland. The waters came into their front and back yards but fortunately not into their house when 80{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of Emerald went under water in December.

Below are some of our flood water photos in early December.

‘Glenara’ Crossing                                       ‘Murga Ridge’ Driveway (Water was 500m wide)

 

Meat Pack Prices
We have lifted the prices on our meatpacks.  Rising costs in the production line and the phenomenal rise in ‘live market’ prices have necessitated this move after 18 months. (I would love to be able to give it away.)

Our research shows that our pricing is still under supermarket prices and less than half the price of most of our competitors in the same market and the product we know is far superior.

Meat Packs Availability and Distribution
We will have the first of this year’s meat packs available from around the 24th of February and we will be back in full production now for the rest of the year. So don’t forget to get your orders in quickly.

Our Dubbo delivery point (Newtown Providores) has closed so we will inform you of our new pick up point in due course for all our Dubbo customers. We would like to thank Peter Davis for his support, encouragement and help whilst we used his facilities for our deliveries in Dubbo. We wish him well for the future.

What’s Happening on the Farms
We are in the process of rebuilding infrastructure on the farms after the enormous amount of water that went through them last year.
In all we lost 3 dams whose walls were breached;
2 main creek crossings on stock laneways / access roads were washed out;
about a kilometre of fencing needs to be replaced;
and 28km of driveways and laneways need to be reformed and then graded.

We will be pregnancy testing our cows and weaning calves in February and then resowing winter grazing crops in March.

People
Eric and Wendy
have been away in Adeliade catching up with the family before travelling on to Tasmania for our first visit.
It was wonderful to “re-connect” with the children and grandchildren whilst in Adelaide, and Wendy and I thoroughly enjoyed our scuba diving experience there.

Highlights of the Tasmanian trip were the history of places like Stanley, Strahan, Macquarie Harbour and Port Arthur. The seafood, cheese, beer and wine were exceptional.
Wendy however did not “like the roads or the altitude of the roads” and taking a motorhome up Mt Wellington in Hobart didn’t help. It has been a bit of a shock to come back to 40C plus temperatures after 16 days in “cool Tasmania.”


Eric and Wendy with Cradle Mountain in the backgound

Luke and Karissa and family are enjoying their well earned break away on the NSW central coast. Their first few days away were very hot but it has since cooled down for them to relax and enjoy themselves.

We have had a run of birthdays with Dwight (2 yrs, grandson) on the 4th of January,
Mum on the 9th of January as well as Mum and Dad’s 57th wedding anniversary,
Rhonda’s on the 14th of January,
Scott (son in law) on the 1st of February,
the twins Hannah and Kailee (4 yrs, granddaughters) on the 3rd of February and
Coco-Nicole, a granddaughter in Adelaide, will be having her 4th birthday on the 19th of February.


Kailee and Hannah and Cake
“He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.”
Proverb

Regards and wishing you all good health for 2011.

Eric, Wendy and Team

September/October Newsletter

Welcome.

It has been an exceptionally busy September and October and a lot has been happening.

Meat Packs
Congratulations and Thank you to Liza Twohill and family who have become our 100th customer. We thank you for your patronage and are sure you will enjoy the meat. Liza is a nutrition specialist and has her own business Macquarie Natural Health located in Dubbo where she specializes in nutritional medicine. Her website is www.macquarienaturalhealth.com.au and will be going live soon.

Can’t think of what to get someone for Christmas???
We can send a Gilgai Farms meat packon your behalf. For those of you, who have tried our meat, you know that it is great value for money and would be a wonderful and practical gift for Christmas.

We have established freight links and depots for Melbourne and Adelaide and have had our first shipment to Adelaide this week. There is also a new page on the website with delivery points for our meat packs. The above link will take you to it.

We will be having a break from the meat business over Christmas and the New Year and will resume sales at the beginning of February. If you are contemplating ordering in the near future it would be wise to order early as the last despatch for this year will go out in the first week of December.

We won’t be able to process any orders this year, that are received after the 3rd week in November.

Carbon Issues
Our farming system and production examples from our farms have been used in a book just published called
‘Should Meat be on the Menu written by David Mason – Jones.

‘David explores the carbon issues in our food, paddock to plate. He was initially influenced by the general public mood that livestock cast a long shadow in terms of their global warming gas emissions. Since researching this matter in more detail however, David has completely reversed his opinion.’

 

The “Flerd” at Murga Ridge (Flock and Herd)

Our belief has always been that Grass fed meat production is a “closed carbon cycle”.

Animals can only eat what has already been sequestered through the process of photosynthesis. It is refreshing to see other people are now seeing not only the health benefits but also the environmental benefits from Grass Fed Meat.
The book can be purchased from the following websites www.journalist.com.au and www.smallfarms.net

Rhino Awards
Once again the Rhino Awards for Excellence in Business have come and gone. The Rhino Awards are run by the Dubbo City Chamber of Commerce and recognise individuals and Business’s under different categories for excellence in their field. We were nominated in 3 categories, finalists in 2 categories (Excellence in Environmental Sustainability and Excellence in Rural Achievement) and had a great night at the gala dinner and presentation.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to repeat last years performance but were able to celebrate with Bosweb Systems (who host our website) and Vanguard Business Services (who chair our quarterly board meetings) with their well justified wins.
Bosweb Systems won the Silver Rhino for Excellence in Customer Focus for the second year in a row and Mark Gardner and his team at Vanguard won 2 Silver Rhinos for Excellence in Rural Achievement and Excellence in People Development. Congratulations especially to you two, but also to all the Rhino winners.

What’s Happening or Happened on the Farm
Calving and Lambing
– We achieved 104{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} this year in our sheep, which is the first time above 100{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} and a 9{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} lift on last year. We have also had 9 sets of twins in our calving this year, up from 5 sets last year.

Water– The amazing rainfall continues and the last dam to overflow happened on the 9th of September. This dam was built in the drought of 2002 and has never overflowed before. We have also recieved over 100mm of rainfall for the month of October.

Comobella Dam full and overflowing.

Harvest
– We plan to start the harvest of our Barley crop after we have finished shearing. It is looking good, and we think it will yield well.

Telemetry – The Observant Remote Monitoring system is up and running. We are able to monitor 3 sets of water storage tanks for our livestock watering system. We also have a mobile camera which we move with the animals. This camera can be set to take photos at different intervals of time and Luke has had a lot of fun ‘tweeking’ and fine tuning the alarm levels, low levels, high levels etc. This system in summer should save us about 2 hours per day in checking of water levels and pumping. Luke is also able to monitor this from his mobile phone.

In the next week the pump electrical harness and flow meters should be hooked up, which will allow us to restart and stop the pump according to tank levels. It will monitor the diesel pump for service schedules and pumping rates.

 
Our granddaughter Kailee and
grandson Dwight helping
at Shearing in October

Shearing– We have shorn the dry ewes earlier in October and our annual shearing will start on the 8th of November. We will be busy for about 2 weeks, weather permitting.

People
We had Wendy’s cousin Brian and wife Anne stay with us during October and it was great to catch up with them. Their son Jason has gone into a small boutique winery in the Clare Valley in South Australia and we sampled some of their first bottles of Shiraz and Riesling. We can now say that we have an excellent “family” wine to go with our excellent beef or wonderful lamb. Their label is Jenner and Webb Wines and we think the both “drops” were great.

Wendy has been appointed as Regional Co-ordinator for the Orana Playgroup Association as well as fulfilling her role as Geurie Playgroup Co -ordinator. She has also been kept exceptionally busy with Scripture at Geurie Public School, Playgroup, Ballet with our twin granddaughters Hannah and Kailee as well as all the entertaining and work at home and in Dubbo.

Luke and Karissa are well and keeping busy with the family at Preschool 2 days a week. Karissa has also been helping Luke and I on the farm 2 to 3 days a week with all the individual animal records, tagging, Ecological Monitoring and being the general run around girl. Many thanks for all your help.

Eric has finally rebuilt our farming records after a software crash, been a participant to the CWCMA evaluation day regarding their Farming System program, worked with Dubbo West Rotary at the Caravan and Camping Show and the Dubbo Car show, nearly completed all his assignments (1 to go) for the Diploma in Rural Business Management.

He has also had numerous visitors to the farm over the last few months including Dept of I & I (formerly Dept of Ag), The Land Newspaper, and David Goldney and Paul Newell. It was a pleasure to have David and Paul visit recently to look at our farms, farming system and see the data we have collected over the years. David Goldney is the Principal Consulting Ecologist of Cenwest Environmental Services, past Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court, and an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and the University of Sydney.

He will be using our farm and farming system as a case study in his keynote address to the 50th Anniversary of the Ecological Society of Australia in December. Paul Newell who accompanied David is a land owner from the Canowindra district of Central West NSW whose farming system is based around a lot of the same principles as ours.

Albert and Perle seem to be coping well and Dad has started a new batch of compost which seems to be going exceptionally well.
Mum has had a good report after her mammogram and been given the all clear again for another year. Dad spoke at Rotary during October on his and Mum’s 28 years in southern Africa, which was very well received.

Rhonda is still in Singapore and plans on revisiting the farms towards the end of January and for a major part of February. She is well and overseeing the business’s in Asia.

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want. Elbert Hubbard

Wishing you Good Health

Eric, Wendy and Team

July/August Newsletter

Welcome to what was an incredibly WET July and August where all the properties have averaged around the 150mm for the 2 months, and we have nearly had our average annual rainfall so far this year. This amazing season has meant that we will have a big Spring. Our soil moisture profile is completely full and water is starting to seep out of the hills again. The last time I can remember this happening was in 2000.
The photo of the Comobella Rd in Geurie (below) was taken from the car as we brought our grandchildren home early from Preschool in Dubbo that day.

Our Front driveway and the Comobella Rd in Geurie on the 10th of August

 

 

Calving and Lambing
Calving of over 200 cows and lambing of 2000 ewes has finished for this year. At times it has been difficult to get around the properties to check them each morning with the amount of rain we have had. We have had a couple vehicles bogged, a couple of times.

The quality of the calves we have on the ground this year has given us a great sense of satisfaction. They have also been a great source of encouragement that we are on the right path with the genetics we are using. In addition we have had 9 sets of twins this year.
We believe they are the best “drop” of calves we have had in the ten years we have been here.

Some of our cows and newborn calves (August 2010)

Lambing, has also been exceptional this year. We are about lamb mark so we will know in the next week how we have gone.
It is looking as though we might break the 100{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} for the first time. This year we have even had a number of triplets which the ewes have been able to rear as well as a lot of twin lambs. Fingers crossed for some good percentages!!

Telemetry
We will be shortly commencing some trials on remote monitoring. We have received a grant from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Central West Catchment Management Authority(CWCMA) and Rabobank. This funding has been wonderfully co-ordinated by Mark Gardner from Vanguard Business Services and we would like to thank Mark for his efforts on our behalf, and for the sponsors for their kind donations. The testing of this sort of technology and its feasibilty within our region is going to be an interesting exercise. We plan on holding field days for people to come and see it in action and provide all the information associated with its implementation.

We will be able to remotely monitor pump flows, water flow from storage and water levels in storage tanks and be able to turn pumps off and on remotely.We are also hoping to be able to put a “live feed” camera onto the website at a later date. I know Rhonda was hoping to be able to remotely open and shut gates without leaving the car. We will have to wait and see on that one.

Meat Packs

WE ARE OFFERING AN EXCITING NEW OPTION OF AN AUTOMATIC RE-ORDER FEATURE.
If you tick this box on your order form, we will be able to forward the same order to you on a monthly, bi monthly or quarterly basis. We believe this will help streamline the reordering process and save you the time and hassle of trying to remember when to get your Gilgai Farms meat pack order in as well as allowing us to fill your orders with less waiting time.

Our meat packs are continuing to progress and build slowly but surely. The exciting part for us has been the feedback from you on the consistency of the product in tenderness, taste and texture.

There are some new options in the cuts available in the hogget packs of either the 6 cutlets or a rack of lamb.

People
One of the criteria in our “Triple Bottom Line”(Ecology, Finances and People) is sometimes the most neglected. We have been constantly reminded over the last few months how important they all are to us and how fragile life really is.

We have had an international visitor, Sharon Vree, with us for August. Sharon has completed her first year of Agriculture at University in the Netherlands and is heading back to start her second year at the beginning of September. We wish her well in her future studies and hope we have been able to broaden her horizons and understanding of Agriculture in Australia.

Wendy and Sharon

Mumhas had 2 lots of surgery to remove cancers from her foot and leg in August and is making a great recovery, well assisted by Rhonda who has flown out from Singapore again as girl “Friday”. Mum, I think was getting a bit tired of Dad’s cooking and his ‘variety’ of meals, but he has been able to learn a few more dishes besides fish fingers and baked beans. Dad celebrated 81 years on the 1st of September and had a great day with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought him his favourite chocolates.

As mentioned earlier Rhonda has had a quick trip back to Geurie and will be leaving again for Singapore mid September. We thank her for all her help over the past few weeks.

Wendy has been exceptionally busy looking after grandchildren, Geurie Play group, Scripture and all of her farm chores as well as her cleaning jobs in Dubbo.
Eric had a great visit with his schoolfriend Allan and wife Cheryl-Lynn Rockhill, when they visited Australia in early July from Durban in South Africa and has another schoolfriend from Africa coming to visit in early September whom he hasn’t seen since 1976. He has also hosted a bus trip from ‘Communities in Landscapes’ to look at the changes that have occurred and the research site where the monitoring, detailing these changes has happened and is happening.

Luke has set up a Facebook fan page recently and so you will be able to follow us on that as well. The page is Gilgai Farms. The sub-titling of some of the photos are not quite “correct” when they show the platter of meat and call it a “vegetarians nightmare”. We thank him for his effort and adding another dimension to promoting our great healthy and nutritious product.

Herophilus

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”

Wishing you good health

Regards
Eric, Wendy and team.