Mogendoura Farm, Emma Lipscombe

Emma Lipscombe and her husband Rob own and manage Mogendoura Farm and Farmstay, which is about 3 kilometres from Moruya on the Moruya River and Mogendoura Creek. They have been on the 220-acre farm for three years. They raise Belted Galloway cattle, 90 head, and are in the process of improving the paddocks so that the cattle can enjoy a healthy, natural lifestyle. Emma says that “she couldn’t do it without the SAGE Farmers Market” because they attract customers who are willing to experiment, to buy and to cook all the cuts of meat, not just the steaks.

They chose the Galloways because, as they originated in Scotland, they were hardy, easy to handle, medium size, and were willing to eat everything, including the weeds which were rampant on the farm when they first moved in. But it was the superb taste of the meat that was the real decider. Emma said, “it was like tasting a real tomato for the first time.” The Belties produce no outside fat (due to their thick insulating “double” coats), but have marbled meat that tastes delicious.

Emma aims to treat her cattle with the respect and care they deserve. They are completely grass fed, as they would be eating naturally. The animals have names and are treated gently, almost like family pets. The bulls stay with the herds all the time so that calves are produced all year long and provide a continuing supply of meat when they mature. The cattle are moved around the farm with hay rather than being rounded up and herded on motor bikes with dogs. They are not fed grains, pellets, or corn syrup to fatten them up because Emma believes that is not good for the cattle. There is no need for antibiotics. This means that the meat is genuinely “grass-fed” and a very healthy choice for customers, too.

Pasture improvement is their focus on the farm at present. Emma is particularly passionate about dung beetles. “They do it all,” she says. She spends a lot of time inspecting cow pats all over the paddocks. When the beetles have done their job of mulching the manure and tunnelling it down into the soil, Emma kicks it around with her boots to spread it out and to enrich the soil. Large machinery from a local dairy farm is used to aerate the soil, break up the dominant kikuyu grass, and to plant the paddocks with rye grass and clover seeds for winter fodder.

Emma has a stall at the SAGE Farmers Market every week and welcomes pre-orders for pick up at the market. She enjoys the social aspects of having a market stall, the community spirit, the interaction with the people, talking about Belties, answering questions and suggesting ways to cook her meat. She really appreciates the fact that she is able to sell all the different beef cuts of her product.

Produce Sold

Meat
All products are Belted Galloway
Corned beef
Diced beef
Mince
Osso bucco
Rump steak
Scotch fillet
Sirloin steak
Soup & stock bones
Strip beef
T-bone steak
Thin sausages
 
Offal
Can be pre-ordered, frozen
Beef cheeks
Heart
Kidney
Liver
Tongue
etc
 
 

Meat
All products are Belted Galloway
Corned beef
Diced beef
Mince
Osso bucco
Rump steak
Scotch fillet
Sirloin steak
Soup & stock bones
Strip beef
T-bone steak
Thin sausages
 
Offal
Can be pre-ordered, frozen
Beef cheeks
Heart
Kidney
Liver
Tongue
etc
 
 

Meat
All products are Belted Galloway
Corned beef
Diced beef
Mince
Osso bucco
Rump steak
Scotch fillet
Sirloin steak
Soup & stock bones
Strip beef
T-bone steak
Thin sausages
 
Offal
Can be pre-ordered, frozen
Beef cheeks
Heart
Kidney
LiverTtongue
etc
 
 

Meat
All products are Belted Galloway
Corned beef
Diced beef
Mince
Osso bucco
Rump steak
Scotch fillet
Sirloin steak
Soup & stock bones
Strip beef
T-bone steak
Thin sausages
 
Offal
Can be pre-ordered, frozen
Beef cheeks
Heart
Kidney
LiverTtongue
etc