June 12, 2015
We have a limited number of cattle left available for processing into beef.
Ironically, after months of good rainfall, warm weather and excellent growth in our pastures, the last few years’ droughts have caught up with us.
As farmers of small properties in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie hinterlands, we work together to bring you stress-free, grass-fed, clean, happy, prime beef. Our current beef producers are Bev and Gordon McKauge (Surrey Springs) – Kym’s parents, Nina and Steve (Banyan View Farm) – Kym and Geoff’s friends in Pinbarren Valley, and Janelle and Allan (Ridgevale Farm) at Goomboorian.
For the last few years, we have experienced long, dry winters with very little feed, and very little available to buy in. The result is that we have been de-stocking a lot of our breeding stock, and delaying buying in additional weaners until we were sure that the paddocks could support the remaining animals.
Nina and Steve, and Janelle and Allan have only just bought weaners. These beasties won’t be ready until the new year. Bev and Gordon have little ones on the ground, but, again, most won’t be ready until 2016. We (Kym and Geoff) will be taking some of Bev and Gordon’s weaners to our new Imbil farm just as soon as we have secure fencing, but they also will not be ready for some time.
What we have left, and when we plan on processing them, is set out below. Ultimately it may not be enough to support both the online shop and Noosa market., and after much thoughtful discussion, we have decided to prioitise our online shop and home delivery. We will continue to attend Noosa Market while we have stock to sell.
We may have access to limited numbers of cattle as we can source them to keep supplies ticking over during the last part of 2015 and into early 2016, but we can’t guarantee supply.
So, from about August, beef supplies from Bonnie Beef will slow a bit while we re-group and take care of our remaining youngsters. If you were thinking of getting an extra tuckerbox freezer to hoard some beef, we are more than happy to take pre-orders for any beef from the remaining cattle, just let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
During this time of relative beef quietness, we will be working on adding new products/produce to broaden our base, and Bonnie Beef will become part of our “Providence Farmstead” enterprise. Watch this space, as they say.
The schedule (as it stands 12 June)
Current: 1 x grass-fed F1 Wagyu (Surrey Springs), available for sale and delivery from 13 June 2015
15 June 2015: 2 x Droughtmasters (Ridgevale Farm), ready for sale and delivery from 4 July
10 July 2015: 3 x Droughtmasters (Banyan View Farm), ready for sale and delivery from 25 July
TBA: grass-fed F1 Wagyu (Surrey Springs) – we have access to three or four more before the end of 2015
We do appreciate the support of all of our amazing customers, and the way you appreciate great quality beef from animals that are properly fed and cared for. We especially appreciate that you support what we are trying to achieve to keep a strong, vibrant, local agrarian economy alive. Thank you, thank you, thank you…. and please buy from local farmers and producers as much as you can.
Kym and Geoff Burnell-Jones
Slow farming specialists
Providence Farmstead: the new home of Bonnie Beef