Our family has owned our property located in the beautiful Wantagong valley east of Holbrook, since the late sixties.
Our property is on Wiradjuri land and its name and the name of all its creeks reflect this. The first white people to explore the district were Hume and Hovell in 1824.
It is a wonderful part of Australia’s pastoral country – good soil and reliable rainfall which allow us to produce 100% grass fed beef year-round. Our cattle graze predominantly on the creek flats, on a variety of grasses in large paddocks which have plenty of shade and water. Undulating hills provide an ideal landscape for our young cattle to grow and develop as they walk up and down the hills! And the family are all good at hand brake starts!!
Our breeding herd comprises Hereford cattle, and these cows are the foundation of our whole business. The cows are all good mothers, which in cow talk means they give their calves lots of milk, they look after their welfare in the herd, show them where to graze and where to find water and teach them to be quiet and gentle in nature. These motherly characteristics immensely improves the herd happiness and productivity.
We handle our cattle quietly and with care, and transport them in small numbers in our own truck when their one bad day has come. They are not squeezed into a semi trailer and transported for hours. The major mustering events including calf marking and weaning are done using horses, which are the perfect management tool in our undulating country. The muster is a great family time, where our nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, friends and exchange students all dust off our riding skills and poke along quietly behind the cattle.
Following weaning, the young cattle are held in the yard for a week being fed hay so they become used to being confined and having people at close quarters. This management practice is key to the quality of the beef. Unstressed animals produce the best beef.
We do not feed our cattle hormonal growth promotants nor antibiotics. If an animal is sick we treat it individually with the appropriate medicines and veterinary advice. The property although not certified organic, is run on organic lines with the cattle grazing in paddocks which haven’t been sprayed.
Sustainable Environment and Business
Farming sustainably is something we are passionate about. This means protecting the soil with good grass cover, recycling nutrients, protecting remnant vegetation, planting shelter belts and offsetting our carbon footprint. We have protected 150 hectares of our remnant grassy box woodland. Tree planting is a part of our yearly work calendar. We protect existing old paddock trees by fencing them, allowing them to seed and we also under- plant them with indigenous shrub and grass species. We also run a large solar power plant which supplies the bulk of our electricity.
By controlling the processing and marketing our own beef, we have been able to provide a wonderful product to our customers. And in doing so, we hope to some degree smooth out the farm’s income.
We have developed our ‘paddock to plate’ enterprise, Grass Roots Beef, to add diversity to our farm, to provide authentic, healthy and ethically produced beef to our customers, and because we strongly believe that the red meat which is best for the consumer is that which is grass fed and which comes straight from the farm. We are a family operation, and would love to talk to any of our customers about our farming and our cattle.