About Magrathea

Magrathea Farm is our patch, near Donnybrook, in the beautiful south west of Western Australia.

111 acres, about half of it is natural Jarrah and Marri forest, and on the cleared half we grow grapes – crimson and dawn seedless table grapes, several varieties of garlic in ever expanding trials, a few vegies, and dexter cattle.

We live in town, a short drive away, and will build on the property in the future.

The farm (and many things in and on it) gains its name from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  Magrathea was the planet that was home the home of the custom luxury planet building industry, where hyperspatial engineers built dream planets for the galaxy’s richest. The planet sized computer named Earth was built by the Magratheans, in order to answer the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything, to which the answer is 42.

Of Magrathea, The book says that, “Bits of it were dullish grey, bits of it dullish brown, the rest of it rather less interesting to look at. It was like a dried-out march, now barren of all vegetation and covered with a layer of dust about an inch thick. It was very cold.”

So we are building our own dream-world on the dullish brown patch we have named Magrathea.

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3 Responses to About Magrathea

  1. Deborah says:

    Hi Jo! A stray here from Jetto’s 😉 Dexters, are they a rather small breed and good as milk and meat? Good for small holders? I think this is the type my Dad said they used to have on the farm.

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    • Hi Deborah, Yes Dexters are considered a dual purpose meat/milk breed. The meat is fantastic, and the milk is similar to Jersey milk in composition, with good butterfat. Apparently the fat globules are smaller, making it kind of naturally homogenised, although I find I still get a beautiful rich yellow layer of fat on it when I do get around to milking. The dexter breed also carries the A2 milk gene. One thing however, some of my girls actually have impossibly small teats for milk, literally, a one finger job not a whole hand! This makes it a bit awkward, so if you were interested in them for milk, keep an eye on the udder conformation.
      Dexters do well on little; they require less land than than the larger breeds (about two thirds as much) and were prized historically as a thrifty cow in harsh conditions. They are naturally horned, although there are polled lines and increasing numbers of polled cows (our Hotblack is polled). Our last steer was horned; and we left the horns on rather than dehorning, and I think they are a stunningly attractive horned breed!

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  2. Graeme Laing says:

    Looking good Jo,Graeme

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