Manildra Beef Ranks Top of the Herd

Manildra Beef Ranks Top of the Herd | The Cultivator Autumn 2020

Manildra Beef Ranks Top of the Herd

Beef cattle ranked in NSW’s top one per cent for eating quality and grading standards are sustainably produced at Manildra Group’s environmental farm as part of our fully integrated Shoalhaven Starches manufacturing facility.

Tapping into the water treatment plant at our world-class site in Nowra, the cattle farmed in 2019 scored 50th place from 6000 Meat Standards Australia (MSA) producers in NSW, for excellence in eating quality performance and grading compliance.

Announced every two years, the top MSA producers are assessed on their ability to continually produce quality beef for consumers.

Manager of Manildra Group’s group’s environmental farm, Greg Smith, said the full resources of our Australian family-owned agribusiness went in to producing premium beef at our flagship manufacturing plant. “The farm holds up to 1400 beef cattle fed with our very own Wheat Pellets for Beef Cattle stockfeed, made down the road at Manildra Group’s new state-of-the-art DDG-S (dried distillers’ grain syrup) dryer, with syrups from our wheat flour production,” said Mr Smith.

The DDG-S dryer removes moisture from syrups and wet insolubles to produce Manildra Group’s highly nutritious supplementary feeds for sheep, lambs, feed, dairy cattle, and horses — all formulated with animal nutritionists and industry experts to ensure the most value in the end-product.

Mr Smith said that as part of the daily ration including 18kg of corn, silage and hay, the extremely palatable Manildra Stockfeed DDG-S Wheat Pellets for Beef Cattle had increased average daily weight gain from 1.6kg to 1.8kg.

“We endeavour to produce top-quality beef year-round with the best feed on offer, and our continued involvement with MSA provides a high degree of transparency along our whole supply chain,” said Mr Smith.

“Every truckload of beef that leaves the Shoalhaven Starches environmental farm is independently tested, giving complete traceability along the supply chain.”

MSA assesses Australian beef against industry benchmarks in four key areas – cut and cooking method, marbling, pH, and ageing.

Manildra Group renews registration with MSA annually to ensure professional, standardised testing on all beef produced and sold.

“Being able to continuously score above industry standards and benchmarks shows we run our farm with the best resources and practices,” said Mr Smith.

To further enhance the quality of beef produced from our premium stock, Mr Smith said the environmental farm implemented low-stress cattle handling techniques, emphasised by reduced touching, noise and movement in the yards.

Ensuring low stress in beef cattle is critical for keeping pH low and maximising weight gain — ensuring more tender beef.

“With minimum noise, little-to-no talking and slow movements, two workers in the yards gently herd cattle to their appropriate trucks or paddocks, allowing the animals to think and move as they want and find their own way to their destination,” said Mr Smith.

For details on the full range of Manildra Stockfeeds, contact our specialist sales team on 02 4423 8300 or