Frequently asked questions

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Frequently asked questions

What does the name Afrikara mean?
Divine light of Africa.

Are you bio-dynamic?
We do strive to work according to the recommendations made by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian born philosopher on whose work bio-dynamic farming is based. As we are not Demeter certified, we are not allowed to call ourselves bio-dynamic.

Does the farm sustain itself?
The farm’s primary production of foodstuffs does not sustain the farm in total. Our scale of operation is too small.

What is different about bio-dynamics?
In bio-dynamic agriculture one is always working from a spiritual perspective. We use various “tools” to support or weaken life forces as may be required in a specific context.

Do you buy feed for the livestock?
At the moment we still have to. We are always striving to reduce the amount of feed bought in, but it is very challenging – between droughts and the general lack of available substitutes for standard bought in feed.

Why do some cows have horns and others not?
Our cows without horns are naturally so. They are genetically “polled”. We do not ever remove horns. Sometimes a horn may break off, but that is rare and can be quite scary as the stump bleeds profusely for a short while.

How does it affect a cow not to have horns?
When one of our cows broke one of her horns, she subsequently developed a metabolic imbalance and got milk fever after she calved. She had never done that before. The cows that are naturally polled seem to have a totally different nature and temperament from horned cows. In some ways they are more aggressive, yet at the same time always very shy of the other horned cows.

At what age do you slaughter lambs?
Generally the lambs are between 6 and 18-months old.

What do you do with the bull calves?
We sell them out of hand to local buyers or send them to auction. They are usually between 6 weeks and 3 months old.

Where do you sell your product?
Most of customers live in Cape Town and Stellenbosch/Somerset West.

Do you pasteurize the milk?
No.

Is the yoghurt raw?
No. We heat the milk before we add the culture.

Why is the product so expensive?
We prefer to ask why other food is so cheap. Our product is only expensive if you are unaware of what it takes to produce it.

Why are the different cuts of lamb all one price?
It takes the same amount of effort from the lamb to produce any part of its own body and besides, all cuts are equally tasty if you know how to prepare it.

Why is everything not packaged in glass?
Glass is super expensive. It is very heavy to handle. There is a huge safety risk in terms of breakages. It takes a lot of time, effort and chemical to wash and sterilize bottles for re-use.