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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

Our Farming System

Knowledge of our surface geology, soil biology and soil mineral analysis is of paramount importance and was our starting point. Whole farm planning followed, allowing us to focus on  “ecological function”. The creation of ‘edge effect’ has increased our biodiversity.

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• Planned Grazing of pure Simmental cattle and Merino sheep based on “Grathlyn” bloodlines. This has maximized recruitment of native grass species, forbs and shrubs. We have tried to maintain 100{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} ground cover, 100{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} of the time. Animal impact has and is being used for rehabilitation and soil conservation work. We are encouraging Dung Beetles as soil renovators and aerators. We use Alpacas as “guardians” during lambing and calving.

• Brewing “Compost Teas” for building our Soil Microbe populations and their function within our Soil Food Web.

• Fenced a laneway system and wildlife corridors interconnecting remnant vegetation and allowing wildlife and livestock movements between and across all farms.

• Native Timber plantings for: Bio security buffer zones; Livestock shelter belts; Hardwoods for agroforestry; eucalypt mallee plantations for carbon offsets and future plantings of Jatropha Curcas (Biodiesel Tree) for bio diesel production.

• Adopted “Pasture Cropping and No Kill Cropping” techniques for promotion of perennial grass recruitment; livestock grazing and cereal grain production.

• Established 4 ecological monitoring sites using ‘On Track Paddock Indicators’.

• Changed to solar and wind power wherever possible and established a weather station with anemometer to check for ‘wind runs’ and ‘wind speeds’ for future wind turbine electricity generation.

We are minimising our carbon footprint and 4 years of data shows us to be net sequesters of approximately 6 tonne of CO2 equivalents per Ha per annum.

Continual monitoring of changes and trends is occurring This is recorded and monitored through ‘PAM QAPlus Farm Management software with Pastures from Space’ and also ‘On Track Paddock Indicators‘ monitored for us by Vanguard Business Services.

In 2010 we became a Producer Demonstration Site for the Observant Remote Monitoring systems. Through this system we are now able to monitor our extensive watering system for our livestock. We can now remotely monitor 3 water storage facilities, a diesel powered water pump, a solar powered water pump, the water troughs that the ‘Flerd’ is drinking at as well as 3 remote rain gauges.

We have found this system to be one of diminishing inputs with increasing production, and thus increasing profitability.

We do not believe that Genetically Modified technology delivers any benefits but in fact causes far more problems.