Why Camels (part 2)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Welcome to Kunghur in Northern New South Wales. The home to the Smith family and camels Thelma Louise and large male Forbian.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Up until about 6 weeks ago, the paddock where the camels are grazing was the home to the pigs, the pigs were rotated to another area. In that time watermelons, rockmelons, pumpkins, and woody weeds have grown. The camels’ preferred food is the woody weed. After a few days of camels eating their way through the weeds, the cattle will be introduced to the pasture. This cross grazing enterprise makes for healthy soil and healthy animals which in turn ensures humans consuming our product are eating healthily too. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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Why cross grazing?

Co-grazing or cross grazing serves a number of purposes. Healthier and more robust animals is one of the most important.

Studies from the University of Queensland have shown that micro-organisms, which allow camels to break down lower quality grasses, can be transferred into cattle when the animals eat or drink from the same trough.

Gut samples found that there are clear differences between cattle grazed with camels, compared to camels grazed alone, and that cattle that are co-grazed with camels have a better ability to digest low-quality grasses. This improvement in the digestion is explained by a transfer of micro-organisms. Other research has shown that cattle weight gains are consistently higher when camels and cattle co-graze.

The farm also benefits from cross grazing practices. Because the pigs, cattle , and camels eat different weeds and grasses we don’t have to use chemicals to keep weeds down. This means that all our product is chemical and pesticide free.

The Smith Family, through research and sustainable farming management systems, continue to improve their farm and farming methods through crop and animal rotation, cross grazing and land management strategies. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You can find out more about sustainable farming at one of our special lunches we will be hosting in May and June. Visit the farm and talk to the farmers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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