Know where your food is from
TUNY Troeth doesn’t like ordering beef when she goes to a restaurant.
The South Burnett cattle farmer is picky about the meat she eats because what she produces at home is so good.
Mrs Troeth and her husband Stephen have been producing exclusively grass-fed beef for about five years. She says nothing else compares to the taste.
“We appreciate the flavour ourselves and we wanted to share that with customers,” she said.
The Troeths run a 180-acre property called Leafdale Springs, turning over about 300 head of cattle a year.
They used to turn steers and heifers through feedlots before sending them to major supermarkets, but now they manage everything themselves.
This includes rearing the cattle in a hands-on way, using a local butcher for slaughtering and transporting the beasts themselves.
“We’re trying to keep it small so we can manage the land appropriately in a sustainable way,” Mrs Troeth said.
“Our cattle are handled quite regularly. Every day we drive around in the paddock and interact with them, so they’re well aware of us.
“We deliver to people’s homes and stores in a food-safe accredited trailer.”
The Troeths do their best to keep their food miles low. Food miles refers to the distance food travels before it ends up in a store.
This can have a major environmental impact once fuel emissions are taken into account.
“We’re limiting our delivery to about 300km, so we’re keeping the food miles down,” Mrs Troeth said.
FAMILY BUSINESS: The Troeths at Leafdale Springs Beef. PHOTOS: CHRISTIAN BERECHREE