Mark Muncer, Boschendal Estate – 2nd of February 2016

This afternoon we went to see Mark Muncer who is a friend of Farmer Angus

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He works for the Boschendal Estate which is the oldest farm in South Africa and is known mainly for its wine. Mark was bought in as a consultant but has never left. We meet him at the beautiful restaurant, coffee shop and butchery which has just been done up

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The idea is that everything produced on the farm will go through the retail outlets they have here

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In front of you when you are in the restaurant is their 2ha kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant

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There are ten gardeners that work this garden

Mark’s speciality is cattle and also adding value to produce. His is very keen on producing biological, low input, high quality produce. On the farm they have about 700 head of cattle

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The cows are mainly Angus and he is covering them with a Limousin and a Brahman bull. These cows are fed on similar pastures to Angus but these were only planted a year ago

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Mark has a pivot irrigator and so has good growth on his pastures. When finishing the animals they get fed a mixture of bokashi and EM microbes

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The EM helps digestion and improves their appetite. The cattle certainly have a beautiful backdrop to fatten to

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Luckily they have plenty of water in reservoirs

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They also make their own compost which they apply to their farm

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They are currently planting organic lemons and almonds (I think!)

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They plant Lucerne between the rows which they bale for fodder for the animals. They like Angus have their own butchery and also have my favourite biltong

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They seem to have lots of new projects on the go like building an abattoir and putting game back onto the hill. All of these projects are designed to make the estate financially and environmentally sustainable. Our afternoon with Mark was thought provoking. He is very keen on adding value and being a price maker not a a price taker. He really got me thinking. Thanks Mark for spending some of your time with us.

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2 thoughts on “Mark Muncer, Boschendal Estate – 2nd of February 2016

  1. Abby Kellett March 18, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Hi Andrew, i work for the Farmers Guardian newspaper and we are really interested in what you are getting up to. Would you be interested in being involved in a feature time article?
    Regards,
    Abby Kellett

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    • Andy Howard March 18, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Sure. My twitter handle is @farmerandyh send me a message and I will send you my contact details

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