Quatre Saisons - natural sustainable farming
Quatre Saisons

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Yass River Road
YASS NSW 2582
P: 0411 093 035
F: 02 6123 6111
E: Quatre Saisions
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Spring time at Quatre Saisons

Springtime at Quatre Saisons brings fresh new life in every part of the property

Animals' Health and Well Being

Quatre Saisons is not a commercial venture- we do things in simple natural ways for our own family’s well being.

Super-productivity is not our goal.

We sell only the extra production stud stock and produce destined to be  non-breeding animals such as steers or wethers for other small holders to enjoy growing out. The meat, milk and cheeses we produce is primarily for our own family's enjoyment. All of our animals are reared on native pasture and have little, if any, veterinarian interference.

 

The ancient weathered soils of Australia lack many of the minerals needed by hooved grazing animals so supplementry minerals are delivered into our system through biodynamic pasture management and selective supplements for our animals at peak times of the years natural cycle. Both the cattle and the sheep enjoy and do well on naturally combined lick supplements that contain trace elements and minerals found in seaweed, salts such as potassium and magnesium and molasses.

Heritage and rare breed food-producing animals and poultry invariably take longer to finish to marketable size. They sometimes produce smaller litters, fewer eggs or less meat than breeds developed for commercial production systems.  This also makes them more expensive to produce, which is why commercial farmers have moved away from these breeds in favour of crossbred utility animals that suit large production and transport systems. 

Cattle produce at least two-thirds of the planets livestock greenhouse gas emissions. however grass fed cattle that graze outdoors throughout the year produce less methane than grain fed animals. In an Australian context animals that are allowed to browse wattle and some other native shrubbery ingest natural tannins that will lessen their methane production and improve their resistance to internal parasites.

Farming livestock in controlled environments may eliminate the need for breeds adapted to various regions or climates, however this trend over the past 100 years has seen the misguided control of animals “health” through liberal doses of antibiotics and feeding rations of high-protein, growth hormone enhanced feed that forces animals to reach market size in record time has also resulted in the loss of many naturally disease-resistant heritage strains.

The result may be a modern miracle- a bountiful supply of cheap, uniform meat- but a product that is essentially tasteless. 'Commercial' hormone and antibiotic-laced milk or meat is produced at the cost of the animals’ health and well-being. Understanding the links between animals health, wellbeing and ethical care and the direct cost to human nutritional outcomes is essential.

Quatre Saisons cattle thrive on unprocessed fodder with native shrub browse and healthy naturalised pastures providing the bulk of their diet.