Tarrawarra Lowlines is located in the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia and operates across two properties; one at Tarrawarra (hence the stud name) and the other a short distance away at Steel’s Creek. Both properties are located close to Yarra Glen. The stud is owned and managed by Jacqui and Richard Feagan. Tarrawarra Lowlines is a member of the Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA) and the Southern Region Promotional Group, Victoria (SRPG).
The stud was established in 2010, eighteen months after the devastating Black Saturday Bushfires of 2009. This life changing event set us on a new path and we purchased fifteen registered Lowline heifers from a number of studs, including Ardrossan, Yarra Ranges and Abaminga. Our breeding program is centered on this foundation of high quality females selected for their structural soundness, temperament and great bloodlines. We use proven, high quality bulls over our females to produce consistently exceptional calves and strategically use AI to ensure the diversity of the herd’s bloodlines. We believe that bigger is not always better and our focus is on producing compact cattle that are attractive, grow out well on grass and have outstanding carcass traits.
The health and welfare of our cattle is of primary importance to us. Our animals are predominantly grown out on grass. They thrive in a free range, natural environment with shade and shelter and are treated with respect and care at all times. Our cattle are quiet, well socialised, and regularly provide cattle handling practice for students of a local Skills Training Provider. Environmentally sustainable farm management and habitat conservation for wildlife is also a very important aspect in the operation of Tarrawarra Lowlines.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information on 0409 384 077. We invite you to browse the Tarrawarra Lowlines Website and we would be delighted to assist you with any inquiry about Australian Lowline cattle.
Lowline cattle are a unique Australian breed. Australian Lowlines are naturally polled, black cattle with a great temperament. Their docility, ease of calving and the ability to thrive in variable feed conditions make them a great option for smaller landholders. Lowlines give better yields of beef from grass, when compared to larger breeds and mature early. The compact size of Lowlines enables the small landholder to run a sustainable beef operation with more commercially viable stocking rates.
The origins of the breed can be traced back to 1929 when the New South Wales Department of Agriculture sourced Angus seed stock from Scotland, Canada, America and selected Australian Studs to a establish the foundation of an Angus research herd. The purpose of the research herd (located at Trangie Station) was to provide quality Angus genetics to the NSW cattle industry. In 1974, an Australian Meat Research Corporation funded trial was conducted to evaluate selection for growth rate on herd profitability.
This trial produced a line of quality, smaller sized animals known as Lowlines. Purebred Lowlines have been isolated from outside genetics since that time with the performance characteristics of the breed supported by more than 20 years of rigorous performance data. Towards the end of trial, the NSW Department of Agriculture agreed to release a number of Lowlines for public sale. Seven buyers purchased 9 bulls, 23 heifers and 7 cows in the first sale in 1992 and subsequently formed the Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA).
A complete dispersal sale of the Lowline herd followed in 1993. Since that time Lowlines have proven themselves by winning carcasse competitions at major Royal Shows throughout Australia. The breed has continued to gain popularity and has been exported to many countries including the USA, Canada, New zealand and more recently to Europe and Asia.