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Wind River Organics

Wind River Organics
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973 Fitzherbert East Road,, Palmerston North
Tel: (0)6 326 8149
http://www.windriverorganics.co.nz
My farming methods are to produce nutrient dense rich food that is to enrich mind body and soul. I do this by balancing the soil with minerals. We use the Probitas System (www.probitas-systems.co.nz) that recognises cation balancing,putting huge emphasis on inputs such as lime and magnesium also trace elements. Other imputs include fish fertiliser (sourced from the deep southern ocean fishery) ,sea water from Cook Strait and are also using Bio Dynamic Preps and Compost. AsureQuality, since 2004. Certification No.408.

See our new website:

www.windriverorganics.co.nz


About our farm:

The farm is 160 hectares on the banks of the Manawatu River,  just 2km from the Manawatu Gorge.

The soils comprise of river silts and sands to peat to Ohakea silt loams (clay). This year coming we will be milking 290 cows. The herd is made up of a mix of Jersey Cross, Friesian and Swedish Red cows.

Grass, hay, silage and some green crops are what the cows eat. For animal health issues and treatments, I use homeopathy from HFS (www.farmsupport.co.nz) .

The fertiliser system used  is the Probitas System (www.ecofarm.co.nz) and also Biodynamics  are being implemented by Peter Bacchus. Peter has just written a book called Biodynamic Pasture Management and it can be purchased at www.acresusa.com. It’s a fantastic read.

My aim is to produce organic produce that is extremely nutrient dense and free from toxin, both physical and resonant. When able to produce such food it then not only becomes life giving, but disease curing. So much of the food today is grown in mineral deficient soil, which could only grow mineral deficient plants.  This can lead to pest and disease. It can then be related to people who consume this produce that it will also  induce ill heath in them.

 The replacement heifers are left on their mothers for 2 or 3 days so they get a good feed of colostrum. From there they are housed and put on adlib cold milk using the McKinnes teats that induce a lot of saliva, which aids digestion. Also on offer is brown coal and hay. This system is promoted by Dr Paul Dettlof. I have around 24-30 calves per barrel, I don’t believe in feeding calves meal and I must admit last year I was somewhat astounded as to how much milk they would drink, up to 10 litres a day. They were on this for about 3-4 weeks then went outside on 5 litres once a day with hay and grass. They also had access to Vitus Mineral lick. I found this system extremely easy as I was the main calf rearer and milker and it meant I was not tied to  a routine  for  calf feeding.

      My breeding programme now is all natural mating, I select the bull calves out of my favourite cows, mainly the first cows to calve and the first ones into get milked (the bosses) and fast milkers and of course, quiet. I believe that in general farmers have lost touch with breeding and are quite naive to think numbers in a  computer will pick a sire that will gell with the herd. There’s a lot to be said for epigene tics (ie. traits that are dictated to by the environment). Diet does affect genes,

 so why not breed bulls from your own cattle that will breed heifers that already have the same feed trait imprinted in their genes which means performance is already guaranteed.

Weeds are only a reflection of an imbalance in the soil and are growing in order to correct that imbalance. Spraying with a herbicide does not fix the imbalance as the weeds will eventually regrow. Over use of sprays has resulted in super weeds growing. This is also the same with animal parasites becoming resistant to drenches .

If both plants and animals are fully mineralised then there is no need for chemical intervention because weeds and parasites will not be able to proliferate.

  New challenges arise all the time and I still get animal health issues which require natural remedies  and  a connect as to why they became sick in the first place.   However 

       I find this way of farming extremely rewarding and I believe the produce that is produced by these natural methods is by far superior to conventional farming produce and it gives me great satisfaction to be able to make this SUPER FOOD (raw milk) available it to those who want it in it’s raw natural state.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclamation or low embodied energy building materials We use renewable natural furnishings We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives

Open Hours

24hrs

All Year Available

Yes

Directions

Highway 57. 15km from Palmerston North. 5km from Ashhurst Milking Shed supply number 44683 Rapid number 995 Large Raw Milk sign on cowshed wall .Can't miss it
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User Reviews

There are: 5 reviews, with an average rating of 3.0 out of 5
Sounds wonderful. Your details came up on my internet search for goat's milk. Do you have that as well?
Posted by Aileen Devonshire on 2017-04-25 20:52:16
Tena korua,

We lived right next to, (opposite) Peter and Gill in Paeroa.

What a blessing to know them!

Kapai to mahi (Good work) that your doing for all really.

Love to bring my family over to show them sometime if you are open to that.
We live in New Plymouth.

Thanks once again
Harena and whanau
Posted by Harena Stone on 2015-05-06 13:48:15
AWESOME MILK!!! It's so good to remind me of the good old days!! Love your cream to! Made a big batch of homemade chocolate icecream with it. Nothing can beat the luxurious taste of your milk!
Posted by Taylor on 2012-07-26 23:24:04
Fantastic Milk!! Our family is much better off because of you!
Posted by Anita on 2010-12-20 15:54:47
Great organic milk!
Posted by Zelda Wynn on 2010-11-02 18:40:24