Triple B - Burns's Biodynamic Beef: Our Grassfed Cows
COW__CALF_MAY_2012_006

 

Bio-Dynamic Beef - Our Philosophy

Our animals are treated with respect and dignity.  Our farm, with a view to its sustainable future for years to come.  We are more than HAPPY to tell you how we do it!

We feel very strongly about the way animals are treated which is why we transport any animal destined for the abattoir ourselves and ensure that when we unload it is dealt with swiftly and humanely.  Because our animals are beautifully quiet and used to being called by us and moved around the farm to a new paddock, they are also free from stress during the loading, travel and unloading process.  This simple practice also ensure that the meat is meltingly tender when cooked.

We aim to educate consumers to the benefits both to their health and most importantly to the environment of biological (both biodynamic and organic) farming.  We also hope to raise awareness of animal welfare, food miles and eating local seasonal food.  

As more people have jumped on the bandwagon of using words like organic, sustainable, spray free, free range, grass fed, whether it’s part of the name of a shop, market or on a label, consumers have even more reason to question whether produce is certified – this is your only guarantee.  Grass fed is a classic misnomer, as many so called grass fed cattle are still finished on grain for at least a month.  Even worse than this practice is that of feedlot cattle.  Many people don’t understand the enormous problems created by lot fed cattle – not only is it obscene that in a world with millions starving, more grain is grown to feed cattle than people !  Cattle are not biologically designed to eat grain, but worst of all is the cruelty of keeping animals in such conditions.  Feedlots can be seen from space – brown desert-like areas where animals are living in their own waste.   We would urge everyone to read David Suzuki’s latest book “The Legacy” and understand that we need to act locally to save our environment – we can all do something on a local basis and as he comments we must think of the next 7 generations to come, as native people have done throughout history.

We regularly encounter the classic consumer misconception that "Farmer's Markets" sell organic meat! Just because ‘Farmers’ happens to be in the name of a market it does not mean that the produce sold there is organic or biodynamic. Some of the biggest users of chemicals are farmers !

We spend a lot of time explaining to consumers how biodynamics work, what we use instead of chemicals and how we care for our livestock. At one particular market in the past, we have spent over half an hour talking to customers explaining things. They have praised us and expressed thanks for doing the right thing by the environment and our animals.  Then they have moved to the next stallholder and asked “so, are your animals happy ?”……………naturally conventional producers aren’t going to say “no” .

‘Happy’ being the key word here….it means diddly squit in animal terms !  Consumers have to ask the right questions to get the right answers.  So, ask the conventional farmer which chemical drenches he uses to get rid of intestinal worms; what chemical pour-ons he uses to get rid of lice; what dips he uses on his sheep; and what herbicides he uses on his land that his animals ingest.  Remember that your only guarantee of biodynamic or organic status is that the farmer is certified by a recognised certifier such as NASAA, ACO, OFA etc.