Highfield is a small-scale farm which aims to combine ethical and sustainable farming practices with the conservation of critically endangered Box Gum Grassy Woodland. We farm only one-third of the 820 acre property. The remaining two-thirds is left as protected woodland.
We believe that farming can be part of the solution to global warming through careful grazing and by mimicking natural systems. We are doing this by transitioning to regenerative grazing and holistic organics - one paddock at a time!
Our sheep and cattle are grass-fed only, on mostly native pasture. We do not feed them grain, growth promotants or hormones.
At Highfield we run Dorper sheep. A breed developed in South Africa from Dorset Horn and Black-headed Persian sheep. Dorpers are hardy and do well on native pasture. With their black heads, chunky bodies and horizontal ears, they’re good to look at, and best of all, they produce fantastic marbled lamb.
You can be assured that they are grass-fed. We do not feed them grain or send them off to feedlots to 'finish'.
Good food starts with relaxed animals allowed to exhibit their natural behaviours. We move our sheep quietly on foot without dogs, motor bikes or 4-wheelers using low-stress stock handling techniques. We do not remove the tails of our sheep and we do not wean our lambs – the ewes do that. To ensure the lowest food miles our lambs are processed at our closest facility in Gundagai and cut expertly by our butcher in Mangoplah.
We love our mini herd of heritage Dexter cattle. Dexters are a small breed of dual-purpose (providing milk and meat) cattle from Ireland. Once a rare breed, they are now classified as ‘recovering’.
Our girls are Geranium, Dora, Hazel, Calendula, Pansy and Truffle. We occasionally have beef for sale. Our beef, like our lamb, is entirely grass-fed on mostly native pasture. Our beef is available to our EcoNest Guests via our Highfield Paddock to Plate Hamper and to locals via Farmers Markets.
Our chickens - a mixed flock of Australorps, White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Araucanas and Marans produce fabulous pasture-raised eggs with exceptionally orange yolks. We do not raise ISA Browns or Hi-line Browns - they are industrial chickens and they have short lives due to their prolific egg-laying qualities.
Our hens roost and lay in their own caravan and are moved to a fresh patch of grass each week. During the day they are free to roam and graze on grass, in search of worms and grubs. We supplement their diet with grain, apple cider vinegar and garlic. This acts as a natural tonic and natural worming treatment.
Our hens lay on straw, not astro-turf. We believe in animals showing their full range of behaviours and fussing over their nest is one of them. We believe that hens expressing their full range of behaviors makes a happier hen and a better egg.
Once you’ve had one of our chickens you will never want to eat commercial chickens again!
In the cooler months we raise meat chickens. Our meat chickens are pasture-raised and shelter in their own protective tunnel at night. They are grown naturally, without hormones or growth promotants. There are no antibiotics in their feed. We supplement their diet with apple cider vinegar and garlic. This acts as a natural tonic and natural worming treatment.
Have you ever wondered why the chicken you eat is white? Did you know it’s tumbled in a chlorine bath? Our chickens are not. Processed at a small family-run abattoir in Canowindra.
Our chickens are juicy, tasty and simply taste like chicken!