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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

Grass Fed Beef and Lamb

We have found that the running of cattle and sheep together has given us a very powerful ecological tool for repair and rehabilitation. The livestock are grazed at very high density for a very short period of time across our 196 paddocks. Most paddocks are only grazed for 1 day at a time and then rested for 180 days before we return. The effect of this is that we get a tremendous pulse of organic matter in our soils each time we graze, not only from the plants being grazed but also from the animal’s urine and manure. Having dung beetles ‘following’ the herd as soil renovators and aerators means that our paddocks are getting healthier each time we graze and our organic carbon is increasing.

Organic carbon holds seven times it own weight in water so the cumulative effect of a continual increase in carbon is a massive continual increase in the water holding capacity of our soils.

The action of ‘Herd Effect’ and ‘Animal Impact’ are tools that we have used through our grazing system to repair and restore problem areas.eg scalded country and gully erosion.

Gilgai Beef

After trialing 5 different beef breeds and really liking the visual appearance of our Simmentals, our data supported the decision to run pure Simmental cattle. We have selected the best genetics to give us marbling, tenderness and also feed conversion efficiencies on native grass pastures. We have 9 different Simmental bloodlines from nearly every continent. The taste, tenderness and texture of our meat is unparalleled.

In 2006 St Johns College Dubbo took two of our steers to The Royal Easter Show in Sydney. They were entered into the Hoof and Hook competition and gained 1st and 3rd on the Hoof in their class. These same 2 animals were placed 7th and 22nd out of 84 carcasses across all breeds in the Hook competition.  A further venture to the “Ekka” in Brisbane later that year saw one of our steers have a 71{12a0b04c8112bc6fb02f4968898d7361e96e550d77e132d7a1c2b48f4bcc1854} meat yield when “put over the hook”.

To read about the health benefits of Grass Fed Beef go to http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

Gilgai Wool and Meat

Wool has always been a passion for Eric. He is a qualified wool classer and has classed wool and sheep in 4 states of Australia. The geography, topography and “normal” rainfall of where we are situated made us settle on growing quality, fine wool.  Our goal was to try and average 18micron for our grown sheep.

Since changing our farming system in 2004 we have continued to reduce our micron to our present adult average of 17.4 micron whilst increasing our wool cut per head to an average of 4.7kg. An added benefit of this change has been an increase in the tensile strength of our wool. Most of our fleece lines now average between 49Nkt and 55Nkt and our weakest at 43Nkt (usually a line of Skirtings).

We have been able to produce well grown, well muscled merino wethers that have been much sought after by both restockers and the meat trade. The flavor and texture of pure Merino meat is quite different to lamb normally sold by butchers. To those who have tried merino meat, many now prefer it  to other lamb or mutton. It is a taste sensation all of its own.

To read about the health benefits of Grass Fed Lamb go to http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

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