Archinal Farm's

ABN: 61 248 106 355


Our Cattle:

We breed our own animals from poll angus and poll shorthorn stock. These two breeds are known for their marbling qualities and tender, tasty beef. To quote from the Shorthorn Society of Australia Ltd:

"The Shorthorn is a British Breed with distinctive red, white or roan (red and white) colouring& Shorthorns have played an important role in the Australian Cattle Industry since 1799." (Then called "Durhams".) "They were the first purebred cattle known to be imported into Australia and subsequently provided the base for the development of the beef industry."

The breed is also known for its quiet temperament.

The Angus breed is, naturally enough, a Scottish breed with either black or red colouring.

To quote from the Angus Association of Australia:

"The Angus breed originated in Scotland by interbreeding of groups of closely related cattle breeds native to the shires of Aberdeen, Kincardie and Angus. These breeds or strains of cattle have a long history in Scotland. Angus have also been known as Aberdeen Angus. The first imports of Angus cattle into Australia were to Tasmania in the 1820s and to the mainland in 1840. Angus cattle are now found in all Australian states and territories. Demand for high quality meat for both the domestic and export markets means that Angus steers are keenly sought after."

Angus females are known for their outstanding reproductive and maternal performance. The black colour of the Angus is the dominant colour when crossed with the shorthorn. Shorthorn and Angus are the preferred breeds for feedlotting and are in demand by the Japanese market. The combination of these breeds enables us to finish our cattle for various markets and such versatility places us in a good position to take advantage of current market trends, changing consumer requirements and uncertain economic times.

Our Commercial Product: Beef

What's in it for you?

Red meat has been determined to be essential to our brain development and general health as it is the best source of Haem-iron which enables our blood cells to carry oxygen. The iron in pasta is not the same, readily absorbed iron that is found in meat. A truly "balanced diet" includes red meat. To quote from "the beef report online" in its "beef up" section:

"Iron is a really important mineral, especially for teenage girls (and athletes). It is vital for red blood cell formation. Red blood cells help transport oxygen around the body. Many young people don't have enough iron in their diet because they are growing quickly, have busy lifestyles and use up a lot of energy - and because they choose the wrong food! Too little iron in the diet can cause a nutritional deficiency called anaemia. Teenage girls need to keep their iron intake up, as their iron levels may be lower following menstruation. Beef is an iron-rich food. The iron in beef is in a form which is easily absorbed by our bodies. Vitamin C helps us to absorb iron, so drink fruit juice with a meal, or have vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts , green peppers or potatoes (all good sources of Vitamin C)."

Whilst we have a greater variation in our diet than was available to our ancestors - it's apparent the ol' "meat and potatoes" meal was very healthy for us. When fed on pasture, a tastier and more nutritious meat is produced with Omega-3 fatty acid converted from the grass by the cattle. Savour the flavour and texture of beef grown the "old fashioned way", in natural pastures with clean, country, air and water.

What's NOT in it?

In these days of fast foods and artificial colours, flavours and preservatives with rising incidence of ADD, ADHD, asthma and obesity in Australian children, we all need to consider a healthier diet. Nothing is added to our beef. You may like to consider the "CSIRO Total Well-being Diet". A high protein intake means children are less likely to feel hungry and snack on "junk" food.

Recipes: are available for free at : just type in the food item eg: "beef" and click on the Search button.

Produced by: Steve Harrison, email: