Isola Chianina

Our Beef

We are food lovers and our goal is producing beef that's been raised to taste good, "really good".

We run a breed of cattle called Chianina (pronounced key - a - knee - na) and Chiangus which is Chianina crossed with Black Angus.

Chianina yields wonderfully tasty and tender meat and for this reason is highly valued in Italy.

So Why Is Our Beef Any Good?

It's a combination of firstly the breed, secondly the farm and thirdly the handling and ageing after slaughter. Every breed has its characteristics. The genetic features of the animal play a part in the quality of the meat. Then one must also consider the superior characteristics of the farm. Bovine creates were not designed to eat grain and allowing them to graze beautiful pastures at their own pace will create great muscle. We then have our animals killed at a small family owned local abattoir who treat them with respect. From there we honour the old tradition of dry ageing our meat. This is not a commercial practice anymore because as the animal hangs it loses weight. This intensifies the flavour but diminishes financial return so it is no longer common practice.

We liken the quality of our beef to the memory of eating tree ripened fruit directly picked. It is something that many modern farming practices have sacrificed... flavour. These philosophies hold true with many fruits, vegetables and meats and we consider them important when producing our product.

The Chianina Breed is renowned for beef which is lean, dark red in colour, and retains a marbling of fat among the muscling. Most importantly our Chianina beef is very tasty and tender.

Our farm has a great clean environment with high rainfall producing rich and varied pasture. All cattle are grass fed, the cattle grow slower but this leads to beef with more flavour. It is not mass produced beef which is often a product of chemicals and a grain diet, producing beef which may be tender but is reduced in flavour.

Our beef is hung, butchered and delivered to your door. It is ready for the BBQ, oven or pot and is suitable for the freezer as it is delivered fresh.