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Buy your Grass Fed Beef and Lamb direct from the producer in our beef, lamb or combination packs. Exceptional eating and great value. We deliver throughout Australia, refrigerated to your door!

Grass Fed Beef and Lamb

Running of cattle and sheep together has given us a powerful ecological tool for repair and rehabilitation of our pastures. The ‘Herd Effect’ and ‘Animal Impact’ are tools that we have used through our grazing system to repair and restore problem areas, increasing total yield. This allows us to grow all of our meat the way nature intended – from grass.

Eric R. J. Harvey

Eric is a member of Stipa Native Grass Association, Australian Simmental Breeders Association, Australian Professional Woolclassers Association At Gilgai Farms he regularly host field days and training days for a number of organizations wishing to showcase and teach regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices.

Ecological Farming Systems

Gilgai Farm’s ecological farming system promotes an increase in biodiversity to build a resilient ecosystem able to withstand fluctuations in temperatures, rainfall patterns and climate variability while producing healthy and nutritious, quality foods.

Biological Farming

By restoring a chain of ponds system and wetland areas we are rehydrating our landscape to recreate the naturally fertile conditions of the land prior to European settlement. Compost teas are restoring our soil microbial activity which has produced astounding results.

Chain of ponds on Gilgai Farms

Wool Testing

ofda-2000-portable-unitGilgai Farms can now provide Fibre Testing (Wool, Alpaca and Mohair) using the OFDA 2000, the only instrument that measures wool diameter along the staple as well as the length of the staple. Our testing is carried out on site or at your chosen location. The results can be used to make better breeding and management decisions to increase profitability or simply to assist with wool preparation at shearing.

To request a test, download and print a wool testing form or contact us for more information about our services.

To help you get the best results from your wool and fibre testing, here are some tips.

Sample site

Where you collect the sample from is not as important as how you do it. FOR CONSISTENCY, take the sample from the same site on each animal, with the same length of wool, cut on the skin. Each sample must be individually bagged and labelled in print only.

Sampling from the midside of the animal will give the closest result to the average micron overall, although the pinbone is easier to locate and will provide a more consistent sample site across all tests.

wool-staple-exampleSample size

We require a staple the thickness of two fingers in width for the test. The OFDA 2000 is the only fibre testing machine to measure the whole length of staple so it is important to cut the sample on the skin of the animal. A short sample will provide you with incorrect results regarding the length of the staple.

Labelling samples

Your sample bags must be clearly marked in pen or permanent marker. If the animal has a name please print it clearly in block letters. Barcodes placed in the bag or barcode labels applied to the exterior of the sample bag are the quickest way of sampling.

What not to do

To help our staff and improve testing times we would appreciate that you DO NOT DO the following when you are preparing your samples to send:

  • Put your samples in plastic bags (All samples should be placed in our paper bags which we supply at no charge. Contact us to have these bags sent to you.)
  • Use sticky tape to secure bags
  • Put the staples or bags in rubber bands
  • Staple the bags, labels or wool sample

Following these instructions will speed up testing times, provide you with more reliable and consistent results and help us to keep costs down.