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A salad of nature’s fresh greens

Grass, grass, grass … as far as the eye can see.  It takes a whole lot of land to produce grass-fed milk and there’s a lot more that meets the eye than just seeing the green pastures that the cows enjoy so much.  In a nutshell we don’t just farm animals, we farm grass and we’ve found that nurturing the soil producing the grass is paramount to human survival.
A bunch of grasses from a Southern Pastures dairy farm

On The Menu

Putting the good nutrients into soils, with the least amount of unnatural intervention is what we do best.  Our methodology is using a rotational grazing system.  No barns just 365 days free-range – letting the cows do all the hard work for us.  Over the course of a farm rotation, cows will travel over the entire effective land on a farm in a planned and well-orchestrated manner, usually segmented even within paddocks allowing for pasture to be eaten continuously and evenly.

Nature’s Fertiliser

Because the cows rotate outdoors around the farm their poop naturally deposits around the pasture.

Keeping the “poop in the loop” increases pasture production by naturally feeding the soils nutrients and fertiliser, subsequently increasing the soil microbiome.  Remember the top 6 inches of top soil generates 95% of food production.

Renewing Pastures

The vast majority of our seed planting for renewing the pastures is done by seed drill which does not involve ploughing or opening the soil for the release of carbon.  Ideally, we don’t want to disturb the carbon that we’re burying along with the existing deep roots that are developing and holding all the little organisms that make the soil their home.

Grass on a Southern Pastures farm

Grass Like Wine

There are many parallels between a good pasture farmer and a good wine maker. A good pasture farmer oversees the entire production process, from sowing varietals, measuring growth and assessing production.

Mitigating climate impacts and working through seasonal variations are challenging and require a technical understanding of growing patterns. Accurate and timely harvests so the fermentation process for sileage can be just perfect and the continual juggle of not overfeeding or underfeeding the cows so there is enough grass in the panty to cover the entire year … vital to feeding the many hungry cows and their discerning palettes.

Human Health

There’s more than just a theory out there that purports humans are much better off in terms of gut bacteria if the food they eat comes from vegetables or animals eating greens that are grown in a soil-based system.

Hydroponics or petri grown foods do not carry the same amount or quality of microbes that human guts require.  The transfer of these minute organisms works in a symbiotic partnership assisting in digestion, health and in some instances allergies.

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