ABOUT US


We're proud and passionate producers of grass-fed Scottish Highland Heritage Beef


 
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Hello, we're the MacLeman family, proud Australian producers of quality Scottish Highland Heritage beef.

Our farm is located in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, on the fertile rolling green hills of South Gippsland, Victoria. 

The land spans river flats, estuarine gullies and hills that overlook the beautiful Bass River valley and a river that runs for 2km through our property.

We’re passionate about the health and welfare of our cattle and the quality of beef that our compassionately bred and raised Highland cows produce. 

Our passion for farming runs deep, combining Paul’s background in veterinary science with our Scottish heritage.

Our beef brand, Avoch Highlands is named after the area North of Inverness that Paul’s family originated from, while Sue’s family have a direct link back to Auchtermuchty, Burgh of Fife in Scotland. 

As well as cattle we have wonderful rich bird life, wombats, wallabies, lambs and chooks that roam the property.

In the past 10 years we have planted tens of thousands of trees in areas that will help grow our biodiversity and provide natural canopies for our animals as they enjoy lush grasses, sun and rain and an undisturbed natural life the year around. 

 

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Our Approach to Farming

We have a very considered approach to farming, and carefully weigh up the impact of each decision we make. From how it will affect the health and welfare of our animals, to how it will affect the health and diversity of our pastures and the quality of our produce. 

We're committed to animal welfare and natural farming practices with minimal intervention. In every action, we strive to create and provide the most nutritious, chemical free beef possible.

Our grass-feed beef contains:

  • NO GMO’s (genetically modified organisms).
  • NO fed-through antibiotics
  • NO hormonal growth promotants
  • NO preservatives

We manage our farm with the aim of maximising the happiness and welfare of our cows. We do this by adhering to Andre Voisin’s Grass Productivity grazing principles. This method keeps our soils covered with plants and plant material (like a garden mulch) it encourages natural tree regeneration, greater biodiversity and helps in maximising the health and nutrition of our cows

We move our cows from paddock to paddock when the grass is still ‘long’, allowing nutrients to remain in the plant and stimulating rapid recovery from grazing, maximising new grass growth and healthy pastures. We often joke that we consider ourselves grass farmers as well as cattle farmers!

We also follow the learning of Temple Grandin and Bud Williams on animal care and handling, minimising stress and maximising nautural behaviours.

 
 

Good ‘unsaturated’ fats are a very important part of a human diet, they provide essential fatty acids for heart health, keep our skin soft, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, and are a great source of energising fuel.

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in Highland beef is around 2:1 which is a very healthy fat balance similar that found in healthy wild game meats.

Grass fed Highland beef also has high levels of antioxidants Vitamin A and E which help to boost your immune system. CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a trans-fatty acid that improves brain function and may also assist with weight loss as it increases your feeling of satiety (fullness) when eating. While lower in overall saturated fat, grass fed beef is higher in CLA than grain fed beef.

Our hampers provide a selection  of healthy and delicious meat cuts that we know you and your family will enjoy.