From the Farm

Dec 10, 2010

10 December 2010


We waited and we waited.... over it went not a drop, not a spit, nothing. Are we glad we have the fallow and tree fodder. Every day we cut some and feed it out. Our stock all look well and in good order at the moment. We have spent the last 3 days sorting and blending mobs so we have more control of what feed is left as the Makuri stream has now just about stopped running. It normally forms a stock fence, but no longer as the sheep and cattle just step over it - this has never happened before.


Ruth has stopped hatching for the season and her goats have had to go to once a day milking.

We are still getting the odd Egyptian lamb born, this breed just love this dry.


John has spent been on the road again and has had a few meetings etc. Oh yes, at the start of the week Janine and Rod came out for a stay, helped sort out a few sheep and goats and took them home.

  • An ethicatarian feast at the Farmers' Market this week:
  • Duck eggs, Bantam eggs, Hen eggs
  • Egyptian Lamb
  • Dry cured, nitrite free Bacon
  • Nitrite free Lincolnshire sausage
  • Muscovy Ducks
  • Black-bone chickens, Indian Game Chickens, Ixworth Chickens

hang on hang on forgot to tell you .... Got a phone call Monday went like this. "Blah blah here i get your emails can you bring a leg of Pork to the farmers market for us .... yes no problem do you want it frozen ....yes please but we don't want any of that ethicatarain stuff we only eat New Zealand pork ....!!!! 

After i explained no problem,  but i did say i would tell you all what ethicataran is about


  1. local..........................Avonstour is in Taranaki we sell local we buy local
  2. certified organic........Avonstour is certified organic ...Organic farm NZ TA-012-2007 Fully organic
  3. Rarebreed ...............Avonstour only farms old heritage breeds bred for taste not fast production
  4. Animal friendly ........Avonstour is not a factory farm we are beyond free range (comment from Janine, you should see the feral looking pigs and the birds running about everywhere .... yep its free range :-) )
  5. family farm .............Avonstour is a family farm
  6. ethics .................Avonstour farms food with ethics

There we have it. Tell your friends, work mates, forward our emails, get into ethicataran eating and don't forget to tell them we need their egg cartons please.

Lots of courses planned for next year on just about everything from gardening to fencing.

See Ya Sunday Currie St 9 to 12 :-)

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