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Lowline stud and commercial enter-
Darren and Trudy
Watkins run Australian Lowline and
Angus cattle on 40 hectares.
Originally only one paddock,
Darren has divided the property into
nine lots, and uses cells of electric
fencing during the spring months to
maximise the efficiency of pastures
when they are at their peak.
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Darren started breeding
lowliness in 2000 when he bought a
bull to put over his Angus cows.
"I was looking to cross a Lowline
with Angus and produce vealers for
the saleyards or abattoir, and small-
er calves for family and friends" he
"From there, I could see the
opportunities for the breed and
decided to register as an Australian
Lowline breeder, buying a number
of heifers and cows with calves."
The Watkins family chose
Australian Lowline cattle when
looking for a beefy animal suitable
to smaller acreage.
Darren said they had definitely
done the job he wanted and have
"The best part is their docile tem-
perament -- they are easy
to care for and handle,
which has enabled my two children
to get involved and not be intimi-
dated by their size," he said.
"I am confident that Lowlines can
match it with mainstream beef
breeders because they offer so many
more opportunities for people who
are interested in getting into cattle.
"We are not in direct competition
with the traditional breeds, but we
can complement them when you are
looking for bulls to go over young
heifers." Ridgecroft has two dams
on the property, and six rainwater
tanks at the homestead. Water is
pumped from dams to header tanks
and gravity fed to a number of water
points. These water points have
been developed using poly tanks,
enabling Darren to move them
around and avoid degradation to the
property, often seen at permanent
Ridgecroft cattle are com-
pletely grassfed on improved pas-
tures, with hay cut on-farm used as
a supplement during the drier
Darren has used the assistance of
agronomists from Lang Feeds,
Woodside, and advice from local
farmers to completely renovate his
paddocks since purchasing the
"I use pastures specifically
suited to the Adelaide Hills, made
up of a combination of ryegrass and
clovers," he said.
"It is aimed at maximum estab-
lishment over winter, maximum
results for hay, silage or grazing for
winter and spring, maximum dry
feed bulk for the summer period
and maximum regeneration for the
Darren cuts hay from the same
pastures, rotating his hay paddocks
and looking after the soil with fer-
tiliser and lime.
on the proper-
ty has also
allowed him to
design a single
sell on average
10 Australian Lowline/Angus cattle
each year to private buyers. They are
sold at 180 kilograms dressedweight
and Darren charges a $7/kg flat rate,
14 months of age.
Darren sells a majority of
his beef to friends and colleagues
and cannot keep
up with the
much more dis-
what they eat
these days and my
beef gives people
that the commod-
ity is guaranteed,"
While the Australian
Lowlines Association has a number
of groups supporting promotion,
Darren said his best advertisement
has been word-of-mouth.
Off-farm Income: Darren
is a police officer by day and while
the cattle an after-hours enterprise,
he said it often feels like two full-
"It is extra work, but I really enjoy
coming home to the farm, enjoy the
relaxed lifestyle and enjoy enjoying
the cattle," he said.
"I am the national president for
the ALCA and the best assistance I
had initially was from the members
that I bought my original animals
from and they are still good friends.
"Support from ALCA is extremely
good for members and people who
are looking to join the association."
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Ridgecroft cattle are completely grassfed on improved pastures, with hay cut
on-farm used as a supplement during the drier months.
Beefy animal suitable for smaller
Opportunities for novices
interested in cattle
Single person management
Lowlines show mainstream
We are not in direct
competition with the
traditional breeds, but we
can complement them
when you are looking for
bulls to go over young
The property is divided into nine lots, and uses cells of electric fencing during
the spring months to maximise the efficiency of pastures when they are at
Darren Watkins started breeding Australian
Lowliness in 2000 when he bought a bull to
put over his Angus cows.
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