Charlie Arnott is an award-winning Grazier from Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia, an educator and passionate advocate for Regenerative Farming practices.
The Arnott family have bred and grown Shorthorn cattle, and Merino and Dorset sheep at ‘Hanaminno’, Boorowa for nearly 50 years. Michael Arnott, the great, great grandson of William Arnott, the man who started the Famous Arnott’s Biscuit Company, decided after 8 years in the Homebush biscuit factory in Sydney to break with tradition, and given his strong family ties with the bush, moved to Boorowa after a few years in Southern Queensland. His son, Charlie Arnott, took over the reins in 1997, and has continued the proud Arnott tradition of producing high quality Australian products.
Shorthorn cattle are ‘The Breed that Built Australia’, and our family have operated a core breeding mob since 1958. Shorthorns are the most versatile and reliable breed in the country. This makes them the perfect animal to produce consistently high quality beef. They are fantastic mothers, superior producers of milk, with wonderful temperaments, and tremendous meat marbling characteristics.
Our award winning lamb is produced using Merino ewes and Dorset rams, a well known ‘fat lamb’ cross breed, and one that we have been using for 40+ years, whilst proudly utilizing local Gooramma Stud Dorset rams. Our Wessex Saddleback pigs are pasture raised and fattened, and we supply our Biodynamic meat to a number of Sydney based butchers, including the world famous Victor Churchills, and passionate team at Shiralee Organic Meats.
Our cattle, sheep and pigs spend all their lives on our property, without the use of chemicals, vaccinations or hormones. We use organic and Biodynamic principles to manage our soils, grasses, trees and animals, ensuring that all aspects of our environment are considered in a holistic fashion, giving due consideration to the intricate relationships and balance that exists between all living things within the boundaries of our property.
We have been practising the philosophies and principles of Biodynamic and organic production many years. Landscape biodiversity is enhanced through our award winning Generative management practises, and the principles of Holistic Management that we apply, producing healthy plants, animals and people. Our animals thrive in this unique environment to produce a superior product that we supply to various butchers in Sydney, and direct to families locally.
Our livestock are handled with the greatest of care and respect, using animal husbandry second to none. Quite simply our animals are happy, and as a result, our products are the healthiest, most nutritious, clean and sustainable meat you could feed your family.
We don’t feed any grain to our cattle or sheep, so our beef and lamb is 100% grass fed, as nature intended, rich in Omega 3’s, and as tender and tasty as you can find.
We believe that the quality of our products are unique, and demonstrates the same integrity with which it is produce. We believe in the importance of customers knowing where their food is created, that it is healthy and safe, and connects them to the producers and environment in which it was produced. Food should not be a commodity; it’s an experience and an education.
Talking about education, we are so passionate about Biodynamics, we facilitate on farm workshops and training for other farmers and those interested to know more about how Biodynamics can be used to improve soil, grass and the ecology of farming and grazing land.
We like to think of you, not as consumers, but as co-producers. You help us produce our beef, lamb and pork because you create the demand. You help us make decisions about our products through feedback and involvement. Food production should be the result of all people in the process, co-producing the very best meat possible.
We have been awarded several agricultural industry awards, including the Bob Hawke Landcare Australia Award, the Lachlan Catchment Natural Resource Management Primary Producer Award, Conservation Farmer of the Year - Lachlan Regional Winner, and winner of the National Carbon Cocky award for Outstanding Leadership.
And in have also been awarded a 2018 delicious. Produce State Award in the ‘From The Paddock’ category as part of the 2018 delicious. Produce Awards.
The delicious. Produce Awards, now in its 13th year, champions Australia’s best and most innovative primary produce and producers, with an emphasis on provenance, seasonality and sustainable production methods.