Who we are

Gordon Shaw, wife Leanne Wheaton, his brother Jim and sister Cathy, together with our families

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Why Provenir?

Partnering with Provenir has enables us to add diversity to our farm, to provide authentic, healthy and ethically produced beef to consumers, and because we strongly believe that the red meat which is best for the consumer is that which is grass fed and which comes straight from the farm. We are a family operation and we are proud of how we operate and the meat that we provide to you.

Farm fast facts

Farm Name Grass Roots
Farm Size 1600 hectare
How many Cattle? 500 Hereford breeders
Who works on the farm? Gordon Shaw, Leanne Wheaton, Gordon’s brother Jim and their children
Families favourite beef meal? A beef casserole with ginger and soy, made with gravy beef, skirt or chuck steak and served with noodles and steamed asian greens.View Recipe
Why Provenir? We love knowing our cattle never have to get on a truck to the abattoir and it’s really rewarding hearing from consumers that eat and enjoy our beef.

Why we farm

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Heritage

Our family has owned our property located in the beautiful Wantagong valley east of Holbrook, since the late sixties.

Our property is on Wiradjuri land and its name and the name of all its creeks reflect this. The first white people to explore the district were Hume and Hovell in 1824.

It is a wonderful part of Australia’s pastoral country – good soil and reliable rainfall which allow us to produce 100% grass fed beef year-round. Our cattle graze predominantly on the creek flats, on a variety of grasses in large paddocks which have plenty of shade and water.

Undulating hills provide an ideal landscape for our young cattle to grow and develop as they walk up and down the hills! And the family are all good at hand brake starts!!

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Livestock

Our breeding herd comprises Hereford cattle, and these cows are the foundation of our whole business.

The cows are all good mothers, which in cow talk means they give their calves lots of milk, they look after their welfare in the herd, show them where to graze and where to find water and teach them to be quiet and gentle in nature. These motherly characteristics immensely improves the herd happiness and productivity.

The original bloodlines were Ardno and South Boorooke Herefords, with the property eventually selling its own bulls under the Lark Rise name. More recently the farm had used Dunoon bloodlines.

The initial aim was to get away from the “slightly pampered, overfed cattle, Mr Shaw said. “We were looking for robust types of doers, which could perform well in the paddock and wouldn’t break down, so they had to have larger frames but still with good growth traits.” The other key traits were good formation and temperament.

Livestock Management

We handle our cattle quietly and with care, mustering events for calf marking and weaning are done using horses, which are the perfect management tool in our undulating country. The muster is a great family time, where our nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, friends and exchange students all dust off our riding skills and ride along quietly behind the cattle.

Following weaning, the young cattle are held in the yard for a week being fed hay so they become used to being confined and having people at close quarters. This management practice is key to the quality of the beef. Unstressed animals produce the best beef.
We do not feed our cattle hormonal growth promotants nor antibiotics. If an animal is sick we treat it individually with the appropriate medicines and veterinary advice.

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grazing cows

Land Management

Farming sustainably is something we are passionate about. This means protecting the soil with good grass cover, recycling nutrients, protecting remnant vegetation, planting shelter belts and offsetting our carbon footprint.
The property although not certified organic, is run on organic principles with the cattle grazing in paddocks which haven’t been sprayed

We have protected 150 hectares of our remnant grassy box woodland. Tree planting is a part of our yearly work calendar. We protect existing old paddock trees by fencing them, allowing them to seed and we also under- plant them with indigenous shrub and grass species. We also run a large solar power plant which supplies the bulk of our electricity.