About Us

Blicks River Beef comes from high up on the New England Tablelands, and is much more than just another piece of beef.

Our goal is to deliver a product which reflects the uniqueness of this spectacular bit of land because, from the climate to the terrain, this area is quite simply, perfect beef country.

Our Brand Promise

Our promise is that our customers will enjoy consistently tender, tasty, grass-fed beef that has been grown using the best natural process.

This natural process involves growing our beef without growth hormones, antibiotics or feedlotting.

And being forever conscious of our impact on the environment by ensuring that we are continuously nurturing our natural resources, such as our soil and our water, rather than degrading them.

OUR BREEDING

We source the finest young cattle from only the New England region of NSW. These cattle all come from a particular bloodline developed over a 20 year period by Greg Chappell of Dulverton Angus.

Greg has put many years work into perfecting his gene pool in order to produce young cattle which will grow quickly to produce a tender, consistent piece of beef.

Because of these characteristics, our cattle are ready to eat at a younger age without having to revert to feedlotting or other artificial methods. This is what enables us to produce a tender, tasty product.

And its not only chefs who agree that young, MSA graded grass-fed cattle produce the best eating experience. Many nutritionists are now talking up the health benefits of beef grown in this way.

"NATURAL GRASS-FED" VS "ORGANIC"?

Our beef is not Organic because we believe that healthy cattle need vaccinations and drenches to prevent parasites and disease. But in every other respect we believe that our process delivers a better all-round result for the health of the animal and the health of our consumers.

“Organic” is a generic term which does not guarantee a free range product nor does it offer any guarantee of the age or breed of the cattle from which the beef has derived.
The most important aspect of our cattle is that they have only been fed on grass. Recent studies in the US have proven that there are plenty of health benefits in grass-fed beef that are absent in the more common grain-fed variety, particularly the concentration of Omega-3, CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) Beta Carotene and Vitamins A and E.

COMMITTED TO ANIMAL WELFARE

We believe that a low stress, free-range lifestyle will produce the best outcome for the animal and for the consumer. We will always strive to reduce animal stress wherever possible.

The steps we take to reduce animal stress include sourcing all our young cattle from a tight geographical area within the Northern Tablelands of NSW. In our paddocks, they are never exposed to motorbikes or other vehicles as all our mustering is done on horseback. And we move them less than 3 hours from our paddocks to the processing plant in order to reduce the time spent in trucks or other modes of transport. Our processing plant in Casino, NSW also adheres to a rigorous standard of animal wellbeing from the moment cattle arrive on site.

  • View Map
    THE LOCATION

    Located 60 kilometres from the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, “Blick’s River Country” is situated on a plateau on the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands. This cool climate area includes some of the most spectacular, rugged and remote wilderness in Australia.

    Consisting of misty mountains, rainforests and deep gorges, it is characterised by cold winters and mild summers with plentiful rainfall all year round. The area’s consistent rainfall and rich basalt soils are the key elements that make this ideal grazing country for our young cattle.

  • A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH

    We believe that we do not inherit the land from our fathers, we only borrow it from our children. We therefore want to ensure we leave the land in a better condition than when we found it.

    Often this goal is incompatible with a highly productive grazing operation because of the level of fertilizer input required or because of excess grazing pressure.

    We believe that maintaining the balance between soil health and pasture growth is the only way to ensure a sustainable grazing operation that will continue to be productive for many years to come.

    To ensure the long term health of our soils, we enlist the services of our soil and plant nutritionist, Bart Davidson. Bart is the naturopath of soil taking a preventative and holistic approach to maintaining optimum soil health without the use of synthetic fertilizers.

alasdair macleod
The Mastermind

After a long career in the media industry, Alasdair has turned his skills to creating a unique beef brand which…

Bert Glover
The Business Manager

Bert is the man who makes it all happen. Bringing together his skills as a cattleman and businessman, he is committed to ensuring…

greg everingham
The Drover

Born and raised in the New England Tablelands Greg has a true affinity with this land. His expert local knowledge…

greg chappell
The Breeding Expert

Greg started breeding Angus cattle in 1974 at Farrer Agricultural High School,playing an integral role…

Bart Davidson
The Soil Naturopath

Bart is a biologically grounded agronomist with active clients in most regions of the Eastern seaboard…

ALASDAIR MACLEOD

After a long career in the media industry, Alasdair has turned his skills to creating a unique beef brand which will stand out because of its eating quality and the manner in which it has been produced.

Alasdair believes that stewardship of the land is a unique privilege and that, as owner of this extraordinary bit of country, he has a responsibility to not only look after it for the long term, but also to use it to produce something special.

“I am proud of our achievement in bringing together a highly skilled team of people to use this beautiful bit of country to produce a unique product..”

BERT GLOVER

Bert is the man who makes it all happen. Bringing together his skills as a cattleman and businessman, he is committed to ensuring that all the pieces are in place to ensure that every element of the Blick’s process, from the breeding to the marketing, to the pasture maintenance, runs smoothly.

With the added ingredients of animal welfare and land management, Bert ensures that we can deliver on our customer promise on a daily basis

“I am excited to play such an important role in the production of Blick’s River Beef. Our mission is to bring to market a product that is truly unique.”

GREG EVERINGHAM

Born and raised in the New England Tablelands Greg has a true affinity with this land. His expert local knowledge of the area serves as a major asset in the management of our cattle.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience in the cattle industry Greg is able to ensure our cattle have a consistent and readily available food supply. This is an important skill and integral to our process of raising natural grass-fed beef.

Greg believes that we never own the land – we are simply custodians of it. He shares our ideals with respect to how we manage and preserve our pastures.

“I have a unique relationship with this land. I understand its ecology and how to preserve it for the next generations to come.”

GREG CHAPPELL

Greg started breeding Angus cattle in 1974 at Farrer Agricultural High School,playing an integral role in the foundation of the herd there.

In 1981 Greg and his wife, Sally, started the Dulverton Angus Stud. Today the Dulverton herd comprises 300 breeding cows and sells 100 bulls annually

Greg believes that beef producers need to better understand the traits that influence eating quality and focus on the on-farm factors that can influence the best outcome.

Greg and Sally are very keen stewards of their land and were recently placed third in the NSW State Landcare awards (Primary Producer Section).

“Our special interest is in making better use of biology to enhance all year round production,profitability and sustainability.”

BART DAVIDSON

Bart is a biologically grounded agronomist with active clients in most regions of the Eastern seaboard and specialises in developing solutions for farmers passionate about improving productivity through natural processes. He has a broad range of experience working across cropping, horticulture and grazing regions, with a focus on understanding soils and plants.
He is a valuable contributor to the Blicks River team and shares our passion for land conservation and innovative farming.

“Pastures ain’t pastures. The best beef is built from mineral dense grass, which requires care and attention. That’s what I love providing.”

Send Us An Enquiry