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Bec Lynd, Big River Highland Beef, Plenty, Tasmania

- JUNE 2020

The story of how Bec Lynd came to farming begins with a horse. “I wanted a few acres for my horses and I fell in love with this property,” says the former paramedic. “I’m an atypical and unintentio­nal beef farmer and this is an atypical beef farm: more than half of it is covered in native forest and the remaining north-facing pasture is steep.” This landscape led her to buy Scottish Highland cattle, those lovely doe-eyed beasts with long reddish hair and horns. “I needed an animal that was low maintenanc­e, didn’t need to be mollycoddl­ed, didn’t mind hills and could cope with extremes in weather,” she says. There was no existing fencing infrastruc­ture so Bec also needed an animal that could run inside a portable electric fence. “The fact that they are also great foragers also won me over.” Bec who runs Big River Highland Beef with her wife Rebecca Tudor, sells the beef direct to her community, offering family beef packs at the New Norfolk Market four times a year. The bursary Bec won when she became the 2017 Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year funded research into on-farm abattoirs in the USA and inadverten­tly led to her new role as CEO of the Huon Valley Meat Company, a business that works direct with farmers and runs both abattoir and specialist butcher shops in Hobart, where you can buy Tasmanian beef, including Big River Highland Beef. 0418 520 100,­ghlandbeef

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