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Episode 14 - Biodynamic Lamb

It’s not often you see a queue down the street that leads to a butcher shop but it was that very sight at a store in Canberra that grabbed Vince Heffernan’s attention. That shop sold biodynamic meat and the 6th generation farmer had to know more. He armed himself with a degree in Ecological Agriculture and set out to learn how to manage the entire landscape without chemicals. The result is Moorlands Biodynamic Lamb based in Dalton in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. Today we discuss:

  • Vince’s favourite place on the farm.

  • Driving past a butcher shop with a line out the door, pushed Vince to start a Biodynamic farming approach.

  • Biodynamics – what it means and why it is important.

  • Vince’s father was a ‘high input farmer’ and the differences between then, and how the farm runs now.

  • What ecological agriculture means.

  • Vince’s studies in ecological agriculture and his constant thirst for knowledge.

  • Healthy landscapes lead to healthy sheep and the diverse range of pasture for the sheep.

  • Texel sheep originating from the Netherlands, and the appeal of this breed of sheep.

  • The direct and short supply chain with Feather and Bone, from episode 11 (listen here).

  • The stress-free stock handling technique and how it works.

  • Vince seeks to understand and incorporate, indigenous knowledge into his farming.

  • His favourite thing about life on the land is witnessing the biodiversity grow.

  • The community he has created from his direct-to-consumer model.

  • The most common misconception about what he does.

  • The ultimate dream for the future for Moorlands Biodynamic Lamb.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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