Our meat is from our Dexter cattle; naturally raised and finished on pasture without growth-promotants. Some people might scoff at the size of most Dexter beef cuts, yet once they experience the taste and quality of the meat, they quickly change their minds. The smaller size of the cattle produces a finer muscle fibre and therefore a finer grain of meat; and the ‘happy environment’ in which our Dexters are raised and processed prevents stress on the animal, which in turn prevents a drop in quality of beef.
What some chefs are saying:
Lennox Hastie, Firedoor, Sydney in The Gourmet Traveller—
Q: What do you look for at the butcher? A:”Breed and producer. Some of the breeds that have a dairy background, like a Jersey or a Dexter, I find have a better flavour profile.”
Chef Charlie Lakin uses Dexter cattle beef for his restaurant (metro.co.uk)
Our Processing & Packaging
Our cattle are processed humanely and undergo no stress, maintaining the ‘happiness’ of the animal and the quality of the meat.
We provide fresh cryovac packs, frozen cryovac packs or frozen tray packs to suit individual orders, which are transported in large, good quality eskies filled to capacity with full sides of beef to retain temperature (to date tested frozen to 4 hours travel without any sign of defrosting). For smaller packs we use smaller eskies, or polystyrene boxes, filled to retain temperature (also tested successfully to 4 hours travel).
Grass-fed vs. Grain-fed
*According to many studies, grass has significantly more omega-3 and Vitamin E than most grains. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps prolong the shelf-life of the meat, maintaining its colour and taste. Grain-fed and/or grain-finished cattle require synthetic Vitamin E supplements to replace that which they would have naturally acquired from grasses. Meat and dairy products from grass-fed ruminants are the richest known source of another type of good fat called ‘conjugated linoleic acid’ or CLA. When raised on fresh pasture alone, their products contain 3 – 5 times more CLA than products from animals fed on grain. There is evidence that CLA may reduce the risk of cancer in humans. There is a saying ‘we are what we eat’, however Jo Robinson goes a step further and states ‘we are what our animals eat’. *This information is based on the book ‘Why Grassfed Is Best’ by Jo Robinson, New York Times bestselling author specialising in health and nutrition.
“If the Dexter is a rare heritage breed, why eat them?” you might ask. The best answer to that was put forth by Sandy Lerner, USA breeder: “We have to eat them to save them. When we eat them, we’re giving farmers an economic reason to conserve rare breeds and the important genetic diversity they represent.”