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An Ethical Approach To Farming: Fair Game

Introducing Fair Game, the commercial arm for accredited farmers committed to raising livestock through practices that allow them to co-exist with wildlife.

Jonathan Taylor

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When it comes to the farming of sheep in the Karoo, not all lamb is created equal.

Aiding in providing consumers with peace of mind over their braais, Fair Game has been set up as the commercial arm for accredited farmers who are committed to raising livestock through practices that allow them to co-exist with wildlife – and in particular, predators. 

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According to surveys, most free-range lamb in South Africa comes at the cost of predators, which are trapped and poisoned by farmers in an attempt to prevent loss of livestock and profits.

Fair Game aims to combat the dire ecological and economical consequences created by overgrazing, livestock loss due to drought, and human-predator conflict through their Shepherding Back Biodiversity Project.

This is a scheme that works in conjunction with farmers to remove lethal predator control and prevent desertification by employing trained shepherds to guide and monitor livestock. 

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By choosing to work with the surrounding environment instead of against it, Fair Game has succeeded in the protection and conservation of naturally occurring predators including the Cape leopard, lion, black-backed jackal and caracal while aiding in the resuscitation of overgrazed land through their revolutionary kraal method.

After dark, livestock is kept in temporary kraal sites that have been established on overgrazed areas. Used for one week, the kraal sites aim to rehabilitate the soil’s nutrient load through animal excrement and hoof movement – elements that help in breaking up the surface crust and fertilising the site. 

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This method of livestock management has also been shown to build soil, and in doing so, pull carbon out of the atmosphere and into the soil.

Which means that consuming environmentally friendly meat has never been more possible, accessible and ultimately delicious.

Specialising in lamb that is pastured on indigenous veld, free from routine antibiotics and growth hormones and ethically raised and slaughtered, Fair Game aims to raise awareness within the consumer to rather opt for traceable, high-quality meat from accredited and audited farmers. 

To order a Fair Game half-lamb box (delivered to the greater Cape Town area) visit the Fair Game website

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