Eucalyptus oil a great natural cleaner

Did you know? Eucalyptus Oil is great to clean scuff marks from shoes! Also the floor and so much more.

We had a lovely tourism student from Canada working with us at Emu Ridge and she said to me; look at my shoes they were so clean when I first arrived and now they have all these marks on them, what will clean them? Not a problem I said, I grabbed our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil and a cloth and said this will do the trick and it did, she was very surprised. This essential oil certainly is a natural versatile product that we all forget about sometimes. Lets get back to chemical free cleaning in the home, its so much better for us and the environment! ~Bev~

MORE TIPS

We know the bowls ladies and men love our eucalyptus oil for getting scuff marks off of their beautiful white shoes, cleaning there bowls, handbags and bowls bags.

Its great for cleaning any kind of shoes!

Smelly Shoes

Shoes or sneakers can become musty or smelly quite quickly.  To refresh them place shoes outside in sunshine and wipe the inside with a cloth moistened with Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil.

Apparently tea bags work to! To make the teabags even more efficient add a few drops of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil, you can also wipe the insides of your shoes on a regular basis to kill the bacteria that causes the odour.

Here’s another tip, its an old wives tale but apparently it works. Stuff the shoes with newspaper. That’s right. Newspaper! Leave over night and your shoes should be “stink-free” come morning!

To help prevent shoe odours soak some cotton wool with a teaspoonful of Eucalyptus Oil.   Place the cotton wool wad into the toe of an old stocking and put in the toe of any shoe. Not only does this help prevent odours it also helps keeps the shape intact.

Baking soda is also awesome. Stuff some old cotton socks with stuffing, add some baking soda its great for absorbing odors, seal with a rubber band or stitch the top closed. I’ve heard kitty litter can be used the same way. Just leave these socks in your shoes when your not wearing them.

Dryer sheets with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil will absorb the odours. Tear them in half and leave in your shoes when you not wearing them.

If you can, wash them, pop them  in the washing machine add a teaspoon of Eucalyptus Oil with normal washing detergent and then dry them completely. From then on use the above tips and they will never stink again!!

Cheers, Bev

Proprietor of Emu Ridge on beautiful Kangaroo Island

 

Below is a brief overview of Emu Ridge and our unique eucalyptus oil on Kangaroo Island, we are one of the last 100% Australian Grown Organic Eucalyptus Oil Distilleries!  Buy Australian produced today click here to order from Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery!

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil

This unique oil is the only one of it’s kind in the world. It is distilled from the leaf of the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia). Emu Ridge is the only commercial Eucalyptus Distillery remaining in South Australia.
Distillation of this essential oil began in the 1880’s and dozens of stills were established, making it one of the Island’s major industries.
One company, F.H.Faulding & Co purchased Emu Ridge in 1923, establishing two plantations in 1938 for the purpose of systematically harvesting it on a rotational basis. (The Narrow Leaf responds well to pruning.) Most success, however, was achieved by individuals who set up stills as a seasonal sideline.
Our oil is distilled in the traditional method at Emu Ridge. The leaf is placed into a pot containing water, beneath which a fire is lit, steam carrying the oil is passed through a system of cooling pipes, the oil separates and is piped off into containers. The raw oil undergoes another refining process to produce the final product crystal clear oil.
Native farming is far better for our environment, no sprays and chemicals, a great renewable resource and natural product.

SOME USES FOR THIS VERSATILE & 100% NATURAL ESSENTIAL OIL

In and around the house:
A disinfectant for cleaning floors, toilets etc
A deodorizer, a spot & stain remover, e.g. soiled clothing, anything sticky, stickers, chewing gum, paint & ink marks.
Cleans bathroom tiles, brass, ovens, plastic & vinyl. For washing woollens & clothing.
The Body:
For cuts, burns and abrasions, the oil is a natural antiseptic, acne, relieves insect bites, is an insect repellent, soothes muscular aches & pains, a mouthwash, hand & skin cleaner, training oil, in the bath for a feeling of wellbeing, a decongestant for colds and flu by vaporisation, inhalation or embrocation, for sore throats, (adults a few drops with a teaspoon of honey).
In the workshop:
Cleans paint brushes, removes tar & stains & is a penetrating oil for any seized or rusted parts.
Animals:
For cleaning pets, removing fleas and ticks.

My Recipe book will help you with how to use our 100% pure Australian eucalyptus oil!

Mother’s Day in Australia

Wishing all the Mums, Grandmums and Mother Figures a wonderful day on Mothers Day. Below is the meaning of Mothers Day.

Mother’s Day in Australia

Many Australians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures. It is annually observed in Australia on the second Sunday of May.

What Do People Do?

Many people appreciate their mothers or mother figures, which include stepmothers, relatives, guardians (eg. foster mothers), and close family friends. Some organizations have Mother’s Day patrons who work together with the media and general community to raise awareness on Mother’s Day events that aim to raise funds for charitable or non-profit causes.

Mother’s Day events and activities may include:

  • Organized walks or runs to raise money for causes such as breast cancer research.
  • Visits to the zoo, movies, or botanical gardens, or other places of interest.
  • Breakfasts, brunches, lunches, afternoon teas or dinners at restaurants, cafes, or at home.
  • Handmade gifts or cards being presented to mothers or mother figures.
  • Flowers, chocolates, clothing, gift vouchers and other gifts that are given to mothers or mother figures.
  • Mother’s Day poems being printed, broadcast, or presented to mothers and mother figures.
  • Mother’s Day stories being publicized in magazines, newspapers, radio, television or the internet.

Many families may also spend the day having a picnic in the park or the beach on Mother’s Day, if the weather allows it. Father’s Day is also celebrated in Australia on the first Sunday of September to honor fathers and father figures.

Public Life

Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday but it is on a Sunday, when many organizations, schools, and government offices are closed. Public transport systems run to their normal Sunday schedules and restaurants or cafes may be busier than usual as some people take their mothers out for a treat. Shops and department stores may also be busy in areas where there is Sunday trading.

Background

Many Australians follow the Mother’s Day traditions that stem from observances in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The Mother’s Day date in Australia is the same as the date observed in the United States, which is the second Sunday of May each year. However, it is an Australian who is credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day: Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, started a campaign in 1924 to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers.

What Is the History and Importance of Mother’s Day?

The origin of Mother’s Day can be traced back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The Greeks celebrated the annual spring festival specially dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks celebrated the day to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Romans also celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess.

Today Mother’s Day is observed in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Australia, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. The Mother’s Day is special to many of us who want to take an opportunity to thank our mothers for all the sacrifice, love, care and support shown to us. Celebrate this Mother’s Day season by gifting something unique, perfect and best presents to your mum and expecting mums.

How Can You Celebrate Mother’s Day in Australia?

You can do many things to celebrate Mother’s Day, but the main goal is to show mum your appreciation. One of the perfect ways to show her that appreciation is with a good gift;  if you need some inspiration, be sure to check out our online shop.

What Should You Get Your Mum for Mother’s Day?

We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store on Kangaroo Island and online at Emu Ridge. They are a unique Australian made gift for that special someone. We will also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customised  gift hampers as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas. If you would like something delivered on Kangaroo Island we are happy to hand deliver your voucher or gift if it is within the Kingscote area. Otherwise we can arrange delivery for you at a small cost. All other orders are delivered by Australia Post.

How to keep mice out of the house Eucalyptus Oil is a mouse Deterrent

Essential oils provide a natural and effective means of pest control.

Here are some simple tips on how it get rid of mice and rodents with our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil.

  • Emu Ridge eucalyptus essential oil dipped cotton balls in the corners of the room.

  • Wipe it across door ways to stop them from coming inside.

  • Burn it in your house in an oil burner.

  • Pop some oil diffusers around.

A great deterrent for not only mice but insects to. They don’t like the smell! You do need to do it regularly as Eucalyptus Oil does evaporate over time.

Vintage Car Fans – My recipe book also has a post given to me years ago. Vintage car owners soak a cotton ball with Eucalyptus oil and put it in the upholstery doors to protect the cars from rodents. Vintage cars are not sealed like the modern cars these days. Another Eucalyptus oil tip, its a great penetrene oil so was used to loosen nuts and bolts and they used to put a capful of eucalyptus oil in the radiator as well.

Home-made Mouse Trap

We have heard that there are a few mice around! So if you have a bit of time spare, this is an awesome mouse trap that is simple to make. You can easily try this at home to help solve your mice problems.

Here is some of an extract of research being done with Eucalyptus oil deterring rodents. Full story here.

Rodent repellents are chemicals which by taste or odour or possibly by both will prevent animal from feeding or gnawing. Such substances may be used in protecting an area from rodent infestation or in protecting packaged food, packing materials, electric cables, and other important vulnerable materials. Mature and healthy house rat, Rattus rattus of both sexes, was exposed to 5, 10, and 20% eucalyptus oil applied as spray in laboratory pens in bichoice tests. Each concentration was applied through three different modes of application, that is, daily, once, and alternatively in a week. Repellent effect of the oil was assessed based on food consumption from treated and untreated sides for four days. In overall, food consumption was significantly () low from treatment side compared to the untreated side indicating significant repellent effect of the oil at all the three concentrations tested. Repellent effect of the oil was, however, not found to differ significantly between the two sexes. Percent repellency in both male and female rats was apparently more with daily application of 5 and 10% eucalyptus oil. Present studies reveal the potential of eucalyptus oil in repelling away R. rattus; however, further studies may be conducted to enhance the persistence of repellent effect for longer period of time.

During the present studies, significant differences were found in mean daily food consumption from treatment and untreated sides at different modes of application and at different concentrations of the oil between male and female rats. This may be due to the sex specific variation in response to R. rattus towards the oil. Similar sex specific differences in response to R. rattus of two sexes towards toxic baits were reported by Kaur et al. [31]. During the present studies, higher standard deviation values than mean values of food consumption were observed in some cases which may be due to individual variation in response shown by rats of different species [32].

In overall, no significant difference in repellent effects of oil applied as spray was found between the two sexes and among the three concentrations of the oil tested during the present studies. All the three concentrations were equally effective and the repellency was highest when the oil was applied daily. The cost of spraying 5% eucalyptus oil (the minimum effective concentration) per 1 m2 area comes out to be Indian Rs 10 (US $ 0.17), which can be considered cost effective if we keep in view the extent of loss caused by R. rattus through damage and contamination of food. Among the various components of eucalyptus oil, 1, 8-cineole is the most important one largely responsible for a variety of its pesticidal properties [29]. The presence of this essential oil also provides defense advantage to eucalyptus leaves against herbivory and attack by harmful insects [33]. The present study is the first of its kind evaluating repellent potential of eucalyptus oil against vertebrate pests. Previous to this, repellency of eucalyptus oil has been recorded against the tick, Ixodes ricinus [34] and against acaricide-resistant mites [35]. Application of 1.0% concentration of 1, 8 cineole reduced oviposition rate of Thrips tabaci by 30–50% as compared to untreated controls [36]. Eucalyptus oil (1%) added to sugar syrup, repelled honey bees [37]. Eucalyptus oil (2%) on filter paper and wood floor repelled termites [38]. Eucalyptus oil can also protect plants against rice weevils, pine processionary moths, and mushroom flies [28]. Essential oils of eucalyptus appear particularly potent as mosquito repellents [39].

Since eucalyptus oil possesses a wide spectrum of biological activity and is regarded as safer compounds, there have been attempts to commercialize and market the insecticides/repellent products containing eucalyptus oil as such or based upon them. Quwenling is a eucalyptus-based product that has been successfully marketed as an insect-repellent in China [40]. It provides protection against Anopheles mosquitoes parallel to DEET and has, in fact, replaced the widely used synthetic repellent, dimethyl phthalate.

5. Conclusion

The present studies reveal the potential of eucalyptus oil applied as spray in repelling away R. rattus of both sexes. Percent repellency was more when the oil was applied daily and alternatively as compared to when applied once a week indicating low persistence of the repellent effect due to volatile nature of the oil. Further studies may be conducted to prepare formulations of the oil leading to slow release of the oil so as to increase its persistence for a longer period of time.

Mother’s Day Newsletter 2018

Hi from Emu Ridge and beautiful Kangaroo Island.

Autumn is here and we continue to have beautiful weather. We are all hoping some rain arrives soon as it has been extremely dry.

Larry is working on a new still and we will be excited to reveal the changes in the next newsletter.

On the 8th of April we were  proud to have recently celebrated Emu Ridges 27th Birthday, time certainly flies.

We thank you for your continued support.

Warm regards from Larry, Bev and the Emu Ridge staff.


Cover Photo – While volunteering her time on Kangaroo Island at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil distillery UK artist Laura Hepworth designed this beautiful pastel for Bev and Larry Turner the owners.
The Superb Fairy-Wren is voted Australia’s favourite bird, Malurus cyaneus – Maluridae.


We are super excited to have this AMAZING SPECIAL available for Mother’s Day! The Duo Pack Was $39.95, now only $20.00 and you receive a Hand Cream & Body Mousse which individually retail for $25.95 each! You won’t find a special like this anywhere else and is only till stocks run out. So get in quick as they’ve been running off the selves.


Phil Lacey was recently featured on Landline ABC. He manufactures our Emu oil. It was a great program which highlighted Emu Farming and it’s sustainability as well as all the wonderful uses for the oil. You can view the story hereand of course we’ve got plenty of information on the oil here on our blog. With only 12 Emu Farms in Australia make sure you purchase 100% pure Australian Emu Oil for the best quality.


This is a great activity for those of you with children looking for something to do in the School Holidays, make some for Mothers Day, add a few of your favorite flower petals!

With Winter nearly here, the cold & flu season arrives as well! These DIY shower discs will unblock any stuffy nose without the use of harsh chemicals. Just place them in the bottom of your shower. They are great to pop in the toilet to! You’ll find the full recipe here.
We cannot forget our popular Vapor Rub Eucalyptus Sweets which we stock in our shop & online.


What’s Been Happening At Emu Ridge?

UPDATE on Emu’s & Wallaby’s

Our Emu’s have grown so much over the last 7 months as you can see in the picture. They are still curious as ever and even enjoy some play time with Chopper our Kelpie/Border Collie dog.

Our Orphaned Tammar Wallaby’s

It was time to say goodbye to our orphaned Wallaby’s that Bev hand reared this season. We always release our orphans onto our farm so they can live free without any restrictions. Its always a happy sad day. Wallaby’s are quite different to Kangaroos and Possums, they have very strong wild instincts, so once released you don’t really see them again. However, Alina the youngest of the four is still living around our shop.

Kapunda Farm Fair 2018

Bev and Coralie from Rustic Blue were just recently at the Kapunda Farm Fair near the Barossa Valley. It was a great opportunity to showcase our great products such as Eucalyptus, Emu, Tea Tree oils, KI Honey, Soaps and other wonderful natural products. It was pretty good weather and thanks to everyone for visiting our stall, it was lovely to meet you all!


Kangaroo Island Wool

We are excited to stock the new  range of Kangaroo Island Merino & New Zealand Possum fur  garments.
“Merino Possum is 55% warmer than wool alone. Its lightweight seamless and easy to care for. Feels divine, so soft, No pill and zero itch.” – Kangaroo Island Wool
Shop online here and use the code EMU-RIDGE to get FREE worldwide shipping!

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Mothers Day Gift Ideas Kangaroo Island

Have you got mum a gift yet?

At Emu Ridge we are making it easy for you to find your mum the perfect gift this Mother’s Day thanks to our wide range of gift ideas online. You’re sure to find something that will make your mum smile.

 

Gift Vouchers are always a great option to, you will find them on our online shop

We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store and online. They are a unique Australian made gift for that special someone. We will also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customised  gift hampers as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas. If you would like something delivered on Kangaroo Island we are happy to hand deliver your voucher or gift if it is within the Kingscote area. Otherwise we can arrange delivery for you at a small cost. All other orders are delivered by Australia Post.

 

Below are some of our favorite products, but please feel free to browse the complete online shop here.

 

Dont miss out on the SPECIAL we have on the Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Maine Beach DUO PACK including Hand and Nail Cream 100ml and Body Mousse 150ml was $39.95 now ONLY $20.00. Order online or give us a call!

SORRY THIS ITEM HAS NOW SOLD OUT

ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST & AT THAT PRICE THEY WONT LAST LONG!

This Beautifully packaged Maine Beach range is blended with freshly picked Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus leaves, crushed bush mint and a hint of spice, this extensive body care range offers an uplifting assortment of botanical oils to counter the ageing process.
Double distilled on Kangaroo Island in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil is then infused with a floral bouquet of white rock orchid, lavender buds and ylang ylang blossom on a delicate base of vanilla pod and soft musk. The result is a sensual range of natural Australian-made products free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphate and colourant.

#mothersday #birthday #eucalyptus #mainebeach #gift  #wildbushland #australian #present

Renewed interest in health properties of Australian Emu oil

A great story recently on ABC Landline about Emu oil.

South Australia has one emu farm and we are proud to be the label for this fantastic product. Wayne has been farming emus for over 20 years and we are proud to support this South Aussie battler, promoting, bottling and selling his Emu Oil. It truly is an amazing 100% pure natural Australian Product, which is what Emu Ridge is all about!

Emu Ridge believes in farming our natural resources in a sustainable way, promoting and selling PURE NATURAL AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS.

This link will take you to the recent ABC Landine Story

If you missed the landline story click on the image and it will take you to it.

Im sure you will find these 2 links very interesting about Emu Oil  – Australian Emu Oil and more Interesting facts about Emu Oil

You can also purchase our 100% Pure Australian Emu Oil here.

You can purchase our 100% Pure Australian Emu Oil here.

Emu Oil has been used by the Australian aborigines for thousands of years. They have relied on its consistency of healing and therapeutic qualities to survive Australia’s harsh climate.

From the number of studies conducted it has been shown that Emu Oil really does work. It is one of nature’s finest emollients and moisturizers. It’s well known in the pharmaceutical industries, the Institute of Sport in Canberra, and is currently being used worldwide by sporting bodies.

Emu Oil is rich in Vitamins A, D,E, F & K2 and Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 oils. It is very moisturizing and healing, it protects, nourishes and softens the skin. Emu Oil has the unique ability to penetrate the layers of skin so essential nutrients can be carried more efficiently deep beneath the surface. Emu Oil has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and has an anti-degenerative effect on skin cells. Emu Oil will build up a natural layer of moisture whilst opening up the pores of the skin letting your skin breathe naturally.

MOISTURISER: Emu Oil can be used on all parts of your body ie hands, arms, face, legs, hair etc. Great for sunburn or wind burn. (Apply after heat has gone.)
MASSAGE: It is a great carrier oil for mixing with other oils.
ARTHRITIS, INFLAMMATION, ACHING MUSCLES: It will penetrate deeply and work to cut down inflammation, open up blood capillaries and promote increased blood flow and oxygen to problem areas. This is essential for the healing of muscle and joint problems. (Mix half Emu Oil and half Eucalyptus oil for an excellent liniment.) People have also had allot of success taking it orally as well 1 or 2 teaspoon a day. this may also help gut issues, see the above links.

ECZEMA, DERMATITIS AND PSORIASIS: It will significantly reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin.
BITES: Relieves and soothes irritated skin and insect bites. (Also works well adding some Eucalyptus Oil to the Emu Oil.)
BURNS AND CUTS: It promotes faster healing to these areas with reduced pain and scarring. ( Hospitals are using it these days for burn victims)

Emu Oil is extremely low-allergenic therefore ideal for sensitive skin. It produces no known side effects and in its natural state, doesn’t support any bacterial organisms.

OUTBACK SCENE: Wayne Piltz, Southern Emu, Moorook, with some of the emus on-farm.

 OUTBACK SCENE: Wayne Piltz, Southern Emu, Moorook, with some of the emus on-farm.

Southern Emu director Wayne Piltz, Moorok, who farms emus with son Darryn, has been in the emu industry for more than two decades and said it has been through some tumultuous times.

“I was involved in the initial build-up in the early to mid 1990s,” he said. “At that stage there were more than 100 farms. I found out last year that I’m the only licensed emu farm left in SA.”

They have 600 birds on the property, with about 28 hectares fenced into emu pens.

“This year we might hatch 600 chicks if we know we have the markets for them,” he said.

He has selected breeders, which can each produce up to eight eggs at a time.

Emus build up fat supplies in spring and summer ahead of their breeding season from March to June.

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If your interested in Emu Eggs and Emu Products see this link.

Emu farming helps to protect our environment. The Emu is native to Australia and can live in harmony with our land, thus reducing the chemical dependence and land clearance needed for introduced species. The Emu is the largest of all Australian birds, it cannot fly, and can run at speeds of 48 kms per hour.

Since 1991 we have believed that farming our natural resources in a sustainable way is our greatest asset. Eucalyptus is but one of the things that grows naturally on our property. The government is making it very hard for us to farm this way on Kangaroo Island! Our Wallabies and Kangaroo’s are culled (shot ) and left to rot in the ground. They revoked our Emu Farming licence and we are now only permitted to sell emu eggs for both edible and hollow eggs sales, not for meat and leather. We will continue to fight these regulations. Farming our natural resources is far better for the environment. We used to be sheep farmers way back in another life!
I hope you enjoyed this story ~Bev~

Kapunda Farm Fair 2018 – Kangaroo Island Produce from Emu Ridge Eucalyptus & Rustic Blue Gallery

 

KAPUNDA FARM FAIR 2018

( Update we really enjoyed our time at the Fair it was very successful and thank Mr Bill Adams for pestering us at the YP Field Days for the last 6 years! His hard work finally paid off, and what a trooper he is)

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and Rustic Blue Gallery from Kangaroo Island are very pleased to be offering their produce for the very first time at the Kapunda Farm Fair.

Emu Ridge will have their Eucalyptus oil and associated natural products as well as the very talked about South Australian Emu oil and some great Specials on the day. Emu ridge is the only commercial Eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia.

Rustic Blue will have a range of Kangaroo Island Merino wool and possum fur clothing and accessories and locally made jewellery, bags and affordable Australian gift ware.

We look forward to the locals in that area supporting us and look forward to meeting everyone.

The 11th Kapunda Farm Fair will be held at the Kapunda Harness Racing Complex on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of  April 2018.

Admission charges also remain at $10 as they have for many years, it is noted some field days charge $16 with no concessions applying. Attracting more crowd numbers is our aim.

Since our successful 2016 event, crops have been excellent with good rains.
The Kapunda township, with history galore, is on the brink of expansion to a degree not seen before. A new supermarket to be built soon, J.T.Johnson and Sons have spent millions on a new pellet mill, and the Kapunda Bowling Club has relocated to an undercover facility (10 synthetic rinks) at Dutton Park, just to name a few. Millions of dollars of developments have created many new jobs in construction and on completion.

We anticipate being able to expand our machinery displays and are reaching out to every state to bring new exhibitors and interest to our growing event. We are blessed with a level and easily accessible site with ample, close, and free parking for our patrons. Fine weather will ensure another good result for all concerned.

A message we are keen to promote is that this is much more than a Farm Fair, it has something for Dad and Mum and the children of all ages. Entertainment is in the process of being finalized and will be more than as in the past. Given good weather, the 2016 crowd of 7,000 will be surpassed.

Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Maine Beach Wild Bushland Duo Pack SPECIAL

Dont miss this SPECIAL on the Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Maine Beach DUO PACK including Hand and Nail Cream 100ml and Body Mousse 150ml was $39.95 now ONLY $20.00. Order online or give us a call!

ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST! (Now Sold Out)

This Beautifully packaged Maine Beach range is blended with freshly picked Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus leaves, crushed bush mint and a hint of spice, this extensive body care range offers an uplifting assortment of botanical oils to counter the ageing process.
Double distilled on Kangaroo Island in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil is then infused with a floral bouquet of white rock orchid, lavender buds and ylang ylang blossom on a delicate base of vanilla pod and soft musk. The result is a sensual range of natural Australian-made products free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphate and colourant.

#mothersday #birthday #eucalyptus #mainebeach #gift  #wildbushland

Easter Opening hours at Emu Ridge

Larry, Bev and the  Emu Ridge team hope everyone has a lovely Easter Break. We are going to be open for everyone everyday 9am – 3pm.

Enjoy our Eucalyptus and Natural Products, Local Produce, Kangaroo Island Cider Tasting and Sales and the Cafe.

This lovely Easter Bilby artpiece painted by our volunteer Laura Hepworth, an artist from the UK. If your not sure what a Bilby is see below. We are all about Australian Natives so we are using our Native Bilby for our Easter wishes.

Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

The Australian Easter Bilby
Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the greater bilby survives but remains endangered. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species. It is on average 55 cm (22 in) long, excluding the tail, which is usually around 29 cm (11 in) long. Its fur is usually grey or white, it has a long pointy nose and very long ears, hence earning its nick-name, the rabbit-eared bandicoot. Bilbies Burrow for Safety!

Greater Bilby on ground near its burrow

Greater Bilby in captivity. Photo: Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage.

The Bilby is an important part of traditional indigenous culture in the deserts of Central Australia. The large rabbit like ears of the Greater Bilby (referred to as Bilby) have also made it a popular Australian icon at Easter. Sadly, through habitat loss and competition with introduced animals, the number of these small mammals has dramatically reduced over the last 100 years.

As members of a group of ground-dwelling marsupials known as Bandicoots, Bilbies have long pointed snouts and compact bodies. Bilbies measure between 29 and 55cm in length and differ from other Bandicoots by their larger ears, long silky fur and longer tails.

Bilbies are remarkable burrowers, using their strong forelimbs and claws to build extensive tunnels. One Bilby may make up to twelve burrows within its home range to use for shelter. They have long slender tongues that they use to eat a specialised diet of seeds, insects, bulbs, fruit and fungi. Bilbies are active at night, sheltering in their burrows during the daytime.

Where is it found?

A hundred years ago, Bilbies were common in many habitats throughout Australia, from the dry interior to temperate coastal regions. Changes to the Bilby’s habitat have seen their numbers greatly reduced and today the species is nationally listed as vulnerable. They now occur in fragmented populations in mulga shrublands and spinifex grasslands in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory; in the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia; and the Mitchell Grasslands of southwest Queensland.

What are the threats?

While there are many threats contributing to the dramatic decline of Bilby populations, the most important of these are habitat loss and change, and competition with introduced animals. As agricultural activities extended over the more fertile regions of Australia the Bilby’s habitat has changed rapidly. Changing fire patterns also affect the type and abundance of food plants.

Competition with introduced animals is a major threat as domestic stock like cattle and sheep eat the same plants. Rabbits compete with Bilbies for their food and burrows and foxes and feral cats also prey on them.

Having disappeared from the areas intensively grazed by livestock as well as those areas densely populated by Rabbits, Cats and Foxes, Bilbies now only survive in small isolated populations in the driest and least fertile regions of arid Australia.

What is happening?

The Bilby is protected throughout Australia where it occurs. A national Recovery Plan is being developed to ensure the survival of the Bilby. Key recovery actions include:

  • managing the Bilby’s remaining habitat;
  • breeding in captivity;
  • monitoring existing populations; and
  • re-establishing Bilbies in areas where they previously occurred.

The ‘Save the Bilby’ project, based in the Queensland town of Charleville, is an example of a few determined individuals making a big difference. The local team aims to build a predator-proof enclosure surrounding part of a national park to reintroduce Bilbies into far western Queensland. They have raised money for their project by running “meet the Bilby” evenings, with a talk, video and meeting of the captive Bilby breeding colony, and by selling Bilby merchandise in shopping centres across southern Queensland.

Source environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/bilby-macrotis-lagotis

Sustainable Emu Farming – Working together supporting SA

We are proud to be associated with Wayne from Southern Emu and Andrew Fielke from Tuckeroo.  We have had a long association with Andrew and his Australian Native Produce. Andrew has developed a great new range of Emu Meat products that are available at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island. Wayne has been farming emus for over 20 years and we are proud to support this South Aussie battler, promoting, bottling and selling his Emu Oil. It truly is an amazing 100% pure natural Australian Product, which is what Emu Ridge is all about!

Emu Ridge believes in farming our natural resources in a sustainable way, promoting and selling PURE NATURAL AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS.

You may find these 2 links interesting about Emu Oil  – Australian Emu Oil and more Interesting facts about Emu Oil

You can also purchase our Emu Oil here.

 You can purchase our Emu Oil here.
OUTBACK SCENE: Wayne Piltz, Southern Emu, Moorook, with some of the emus on-farm.

 OUTBACK SCENE: Wayne Piltz, Southern Emu, Moorook, with some of the emus on-farm.

Australian emu meat is making its way to more plates, after a partnership between a producer and a chef translated to more retail opportunities.

Southern Emu director Wayne Piltz, Moorok, who farms emus with son Darryn, has been in the emu industry for more than two decades and said it has been through some tumultuous times.

“I was involved in the initial build-up in the early to mid 1990s,” he said. “At that stage there were more than 100 farms. I found out last year that I’m the only licensed emu farm left in SA.”

In the past year, Wayne has teamed up with chef and native food enthusiast Andrew Fielke to supply emu meat for his Tuckeroo food brand.

While Wayne is celebrating the news of the meat partnership, he said the primary income in emus remains from oil.

“A kilogram of emu fat is worth three or four times a kilogram of meat,” he said.

The birds are killed at an abattoir at Wycheproof, Vic, which is about about an 800-kilometre round-trip, but is the closest facility available.

Wayne sells half the fat to the abattoir with the other half rendered into emu oil, with the majority of the Southern Emus oil sold to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery on Kangaroo Island.

At one stage, the farm ran up to 2000 birds, but this year Wayne said they killed about 330, with all meat going to Tuckeroo.

They have 600 birds on the property, with about 28 hectares fenced into emu pens.

“This year we might hatch 600 chicks if we know we have the markets for them,” he said.

He has selected breeders, which can each produce up to eight eggs at a time.

Emus build up fat supplies in spring and summer ahead of their breeding season from March to June.

They are fed grain, hay, protein additives, vitamin additives and even used cooking oil to help build fat levels.

Wayne said the optimum slaughter time was before the breeding season, at about 18 to 20 months old. He aims to produce about 8.5kg to 9kg of fat per bird, with fat worth between $25/kg to $35/kg.

He said meat returns essentially covered the cost of slaughter.

 TASTE TEST: Tuckeroo’s Andrew Fielke and Southern Emu’s Wayne Piltz with emu pate at the Murray River and Lands on your table stall in the Adelaide Central Markets.

Innovative restaurants create growing demand for native produce

Consulting chef and owner of food supplier Tuckeroo Gourmet Retail Andrew Fielke says the next big trend in local cuisine is native foods.

“I’ve been a native food distributor since 2001, and in the past two years we’ve had phenomenal growth and interest in the sector,” he said.

Mr Fielke has teamed up with Riverland operation Southern Emu to produce a range of emu meat products.

He has worked with emu on and off through the years but liked the idea of sourcing a supply from an SA business.

“As a Riverland boy, I’m passionate about supporting local producers,” he said.

The range of emu products includes pate, pies, kabana and sausages, while his next project is a smoked emu in a proscuitto-style.

He wants to retail these in gourmet shops, while some will also be available in selected Riverland outlets, such as Flavours of the Riverland, as well as at the Riverland Markets.

Mr Fielke said the move towards native foods was started by leading international restaurateur Rene Redzepi at noma in Copenhagen, who set the trend for using food sourced from the local regions.

This has been taken up by high-end Australian restaurants, using native Australian produce.

“This trend then filters down to gourmet shops, hotels and restaurants throughout Australia,” he said.

Mr Fielke also supplies the emu kabana and pate to camping tour companies out of Alice Springs, NT, and Darwin.

“It allows international tourists to enjoy outback Australia with a native food inspired meal,” he said.

Since 1991 we have believed that farming our natural resources in a sustainable way is our greatest asset. Eucalyptus is but one of the things that grows naturally on our property. The government is making it very hard for us to farm this way on Kangaroo Island! Our Wallabies and Kangaroo’s are culled (shot ) and left to rot in the ground. They revoked our Emu Farming licence and we are now only permitted to sell emu eggs for both edible and hollow eggs sales, not for meat and leather. We will continue to fight these regulations. Farming our natural resources is far better for the environment. We used to be sheep farmers way back in another life!
I hope you enjoyed this story ~Bev~
Source – some of this Story was in the Stock Journal written by  Elizabeth Anderson News
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