Know where your food is from

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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

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