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LATEST NEWS



EXTRA VIRGIN - How to check for good quality Olive Oil
2014-02-14

Firstly; why bother about whether olive oil is "extra virgin" or not - surely all olive oil is good for you? So any one will do, right?
Actually, no! The... Read More

2014 GRAPE HARVEST.
2014-02-08


The 2014 wine grape harvest in the Keisie Valley near Montagu commences this coming week.   Our harvesting combination on JackyBird Farms comprises one 80hp 4x4 tractor pulling and controlling a Braud T140 automatic... Read More

Our APRICOTS are READY.
2013-11-27


  Do you enjoy eating and cooking with apricots? making Jams? Chutneys? Preserves? Purees? Then you will know that Bulida apricots, with their lovely traditional sweet/tart flavour, are absolutely ideal for bottling, freezing... Read More

Mowing Lucerne
2013-11-13

Our old but efficient mower in action harvesting lucerne. It lays down a line of cut material, called a 'windrow', trailing behind it. In a second process, a tractor-drawn 'bruiser'... Read More

Quad Bike Trailer-Sprayer Combo
2013-11-03

Hand-built by Sybrand, this neat little two-wheel trailer greatly increases the utility value of our quad bikes. Instead of just quickly moving specialists around the farm, the quads can now... Read More

Flash Flood in the Keisie Valley
2013-10-22

ALL FOUR RIVER CROSSING POINTS SWAMPED. 

After a sharp burst of about 30mm of rain higher up in the valley, the Keisie River came down in spate cutting off... Read More

Water Divining on JackyBird Farms
2013-10-06

Judge for yourself: science or something else?

Johan Verreyne, from Montagu, who maintains our borehole pumps on JackyBird Farms, is also able to 'dowse' (or 'divine' underground water flows)... Read More

Water savings systems installed on JackyBird Farms
2013-09-13

New programmable irrigation controllers have been installed at various points on the farm. The main goal is to produce the same or better crops with reduced water usage, while also cutting energy costs... Read More

New apricot orchard planted on JackyBird Farms
2013-08-21

August saw us plant over 2000 new apricot trees on JackyBird's Harmony Farm. The two primary cultivars - tried and proven 'Bebeco' and brand new 'Mogador' - will commence production... Read More

Maintenance work on the farm
2013-07-02

This quieter time of year is used to get major maintenance done; and a big job has been refurbishment of one of our uppermost dams, known as the "Gate Dam", located... Read More

Winter comes to the Keisie
2013-06-03

Winter struck this past weekend in the Keisie Valley. Sustained rain showers scudding eastwards from Cape Town soaked the farm with nearly 50mm of rain over 48 hours and deposited... Read More

Harvest time
2013-05-18

As the rainy season descends, we have been hard at work harvesting olives, which are destined for both the table and the pickling jar as well as for the press... Read More




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