Low stress animal management

We breed Angus and Angus Wagyu X cattle. Angus have a reputation for being a bit cranky some times, but we rarely have an angry animal on the place, and if we do – we know that we need to look for the cause.

The video below is how easy it can be to move your animals when you have regular, calm and consistent contact.

Just before I thought to film this, I stood at the closed gate and called the cattle with a simple “C’mon”. The cows now know this means they’re on the move and will come to the gate or where ever you are calling them to. They bunch up so that we make sure no one is left behind, and then open the gate to let them through. As they come through we double check that everyone is present and accounted for by doing a simple head count.

Olive Harvest

Olive harvest can be very quick! When the olives are ready and all goes to plan, we can have the entire grove harvested and the olives pressed for oil in the same day.

We are often asked how to harvest olives? It’s easy and there are many options.

  • Pick the fruit by hand.
  • Use a wide toothed rake to rake the fruit from the branches. It then falls onto some shade cloth underneath the tree and can be collected in baskets from there.
  • Use an electric or battery powered rake to rake the fruit from the branches.
  • Or harvest with a tree shaker (pictured below) to shake the tree trunk, the fruit falls into the frilled neck and into the baskets on the harvester.

We use a combination of hand picking for Kalamata and shaking the trees with a harvester. It’s a long day, but very quick compared to some growers!

Our Farming Life

For generations our family has been ‘in farming’ in Australia. I’m excited to add my name, finally, to the list of Duddys and Graces who produce food and products for our fellow Aussies.

“Look after the land, and the land will look after you” – Grandad DuddyIMAG1172