From Pines to Pastures, using Nguni Power

Leonie and Rodney Yendall have successfully converted former pineapple lands into lush pastures, where they now run their herd of indigenous Nguni cattle. Leonie presented a talk on the light footprint of the Nguni cow at last year’s Thicket Forum.

From Pines to Pastures, using Nguni Power

Leonie and Rodney Yendall have successfully converted former pineapple lands into lush pastures, where they now run their herd of indigenous Nguni cattle. Leonie presented a talk on the light footprint of the Nguni cow at last year’s Thicket Forum.

She pointed out that farming with this well adapted cattle breed is almost like farming with game. Their ability to utilise browse plants and to easily negotiate rugged terrain makes them ideal for farming in Thicket. They also graze less selectively than other breeds and find their fill early on most days, resulting in less soil compaction and erosion caused by continual movement. From the Yendalls we descend on Bathurst, home to the Big Pineapple, and enjoy a pub lunch in this 1820 Settler village.

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