The Latest from KC Natural
KC Natural Summer Travels
11 March 2020 .
Sam has just returned from a great trip in the USA which included Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit and Los Angeles. Interesting to see the diversity in retail offerings from specialised supermarkets in all the cities we visited. Supermarkets remain key channels for beef and lamb purchases with Australian meat prices proving to be a barrier.
KC Natural Christmas Wishes
11 February 2020 .
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020. Happy holidays and we hope you enjoy a well deserved break! We would also like to thank you very much for your support and interest in KC Natural throughout 2019. It has been a year of growth for KC Natural with several new team members joining the business. We have continued to work closely with Gundagai Meat Processors and look forward to this relationship strengthening in 2020. Whilst more rain would have been terrific throughout the year, we have generally been lucky here at Boorowa. We send our thoughts and best wishes to others who are fire and drought affected throughout NSW and Australia. May the year 2020 bring you good fortune and all the rain you need.
Travel and spring news
5 November 2019 .
I have just returned from a great trip through Japan and Korea. I was lucky to mix in some work and pleasure with two games over the weekend at the Rugby World Cup. The Wallabies game against England was very disappointing and this was further exasperated by the English fans. The France v Wales game on the Sunday was an exceptional game filled with drama and a heart felt shot at the title by the French.
KC Natural September Newsletter
18 September 2019 .
A new multi-trait DNA test is now available to Australian sheep producers. Sheep carcase and eating quality trait breeding value accuracies are expected to be the biggest benefactors. The new test is offering up to a 10 percent increase in accuracy when predicting the presence of productive physical traits.
Kenny's Creek Angus - Spring Bull Sale Wrap-Up
17 September 2019 .
Support from repeat clients proved Kenny's Creek long-term commercial focus at Wednesday's on-property spring Angus bull sale at Hillgrove, Boorowa. The Burton Taylor family offered a line up of 59 bulls with 56 of them selling at auction for a 95 percent clearance. Kenny's Creek Lotto N47 was the $11,000 sale topper purchased by return buyers Grant and Lara Ford, Tea Gardens.
KC Natural August Newsletter
21 August 2019 .
On Tuesday 30th July Kenny's Creek took part in Southern Beef Week, opening the gates for visitors to come and view the sale bulls. The upcoming Kenny's Creek Bull Sale is being held on Wednesday 4th September 2019 at Hillgrove Boorowa.
KC Natural July Newsletter
3 July 2019 .
Over the past two years KC Natural has processed over 250,000 lambs. We primarily source our lambs from the Riverina and Hilltops regions of NSW. The major markets that we have exported the lambs to include the Middle East, USA and Asia. We are constantly working on new market opportunities and sourcing great quality lamb and beef for export.
GMP Supplier Seminar
3 July 2019 .
A group of 50 farmers and agents from southern NSW joined us at the GMP plant recently, for an informative workshop and tour of GMP's upgraded facilities. We enjoyed partnering with GMP for the day, to discuss market opportunities and the integration of new technologies with the group.
Kenny's Creek Angus 2019 Female Sale
12 June 2019 .
The Kenny's Creek Angus Female Sale was held at "Hillgrove" last Wednesday 22nd May. People carefully picked the genetics that were needed for their program and this was reflected in a fifty percent clearance for an average of $5,431 and the highest price ever paid for a Kenny’s Creek female at $24,000. There was a bias towards females capable of going into a donor program and which represented strong carcase particular IMF, positive fat and trait leading growth. Not withstanding the difficult season the females presented to a very high standard and showed the benefit of underlying positive EBVs for rib and rump fat.
KC Natural May Newsletter
2 June 2019 .
The Kenny's Creek Angus Female Sale was held here at "Hillgrove" last Wednesday 22nd May. People carefully picked the genetics that were needed for their program and this was reflected in a fifty percent clearance for an average of $5,431 and the highest price ever paid for a Kenny’s Creek female at $24,000.
KC Natural April Newsletter
2 June 2019 .
Kenny's Creek is the Angus Stud that operates out of "Hillgrove", the farm where our recently constructed KC Natural office is situated. The Kenny's Creek Female Sale is being held on Wednesday 22nd May, so preparations are in full swing as everyone gets ready for the big day.
KC Natural Summer Newsletter
12 February 2019 .
Given the recent dry conditions you can hardly complain about being at the centre of a storm. This is the storm that doused Hillgrove in 82mm of rain on 11 Jan in a matter of hours. They estimate that 90% of the soil degradation happens from 10% of the weather events (storms). Not hard to imagine when there is so little ground cover on so many farms around the state.
KC Natural Christmas Newsletter
21 December 2018 .
On behalf of the team here at KC Natural I'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. I'd also like to thank you for your support and interest in KC Natural throughout this year and I look forward to continuing with you in 2019.
KC Natural November Newsletter
28 November 2018 .
There's been lots happening here at KC Natural over the past month. We have exported many shipments of high quality beef and lamb to many markets across the globe.
Kenny's Creek Angus 2018 Bull Sale
26 September 2018 . The Land
On Wednesday 5 September, Kenny's Creek Angus held their Spring Bull Sale. In a year where many of the customers did not make it due to the widespread drought, it was great to see so many new clients at the sale. The top priced bull went to a client who last purchased a bull from KCA 10 years ago (which was only retired this year). Pretty good if you can amortise a bull over 10 years! It was wonderful to see the regulars back amongst it at the sale to pick up some great valued bulls.
December Market Update
19 December 2017 .
Well it is the end to another productive year on the farm. Commodity prices remain strong and I can imagine that despite some mixed results on harvest many farmers would be happy with the year and particularly prices currently being offered for wool, lamb and beef.
2011-2015 Kenny's Creek Sires
15 December 2017 .
Sires selected for the Kenny's Creek program characteristically have low birthweight, good growth and high IMF. Through maintaining a key focus on these traits, we're able to consistently produce good breeding females and commercially superior bulls.
NOVEMBER MARKET UPDATE
17 November 2017 .
From our experiences the cattle markets have eased this week particularly on the kill cattle front. Feeder cattle have remained strong but are back 5 to 10 cents on last week.
OCTOBER MARKET UPDATE
17 October 2017 .
A quick review of what we think are big influencers on the beef and cattle markets at the moment. Again it comes with an international flavour including a short note on currency and weather
GLOBAL ROUND TABLE FOR SUSTAINABLE BEEF
12 October 2017 .
Back in September, the Global Round Table for Sustainable Beef (GRTSB) met at Kenny's Creek to look at a working farm and discuss some practicalities of breeding, backgrounding and processing Angus beef. Below are two feedback letters regarding the GRTSB visit. Read letter - GRTSB
SEPTEMBER MARKET UPDATE
22 September 2017 .
A few interesting stories from China, feedlots overflowing and decreased female cattle slaughter.
KENNY'S CREEK 2017 BULL SALE WRAP UP
22 September 2017 .
Thank you to everyone who came to the sale, showed interest in specific bulls and were successful purchasers. We're very pleased with the result. The sale was consistent throughout and represented good value. Have a look at the highlights form the day in our wrap video below.
KENNY'S CREEK BULLS TO $26,000
12 September 2017 . The Land
The one hundred per cent clearance of 73 two year old Angus bulls at the annual spring sale on account the Burton Taylor family, Kenny’s Creek Angus, Boorowa realised a top price of $26,000 and sale average of $8,678.
THE KENNY'S CREEK DIFFERENCE
1 September 2017 .
Kenny's Creek bulls will do the job. Doing ability, fertility and commerciality are only some of the reasons why our bulls are value for money.
HOMEBRED BULLS AND NEW SALE VIDEO
31 August 2017 .
New video shot this week featuring Tim Woodham, Landmark and Adam Withers, Stud Manager. The bulls have really developed in the last six weeks and look good. Take a look at the backs on these bull at 1:16 mins.
HEIFER BULLS AND A THIRD-OF-THE PRICE SHED
25 August 2017 .
Approximately 20% of the catalogue are suitable heifer bulls. Bulls with birthweight below 3.6, short gestation length and positive calving ease have been specifically selected to make your bull buying decisions easier. Heifer bulls include lots: 1, 3, 17, 20, 21, 28, 33, 39, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 55, 64 and 66.
GROWTH BULLS AND BULL CATCHING WITH A HELICOPTER
23 August 2017 .
This year's sale features 15 bulls in the top 10% for all 200, 400 and 600 day growth traits. These bulls have that extra frame and weight without compromising on structural soundness. There has always been a strong focus on 400 day growth in our program and we are proud to offer bulls with very competitive figures for growth.
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH + IMF BULLS
18 August 2017 .
The new Kenny's Creek website is now live. This has been a major project for the last couple of months. You can find all the information you need about our program, reference sires and, of course, the upcoming sale.
AUGUST MARKET UPDATE
10 August 2017 .
Is it just me or does everything seem a little crazy at the moment. In the last month we have seen a dramatic increase in AUD, six plants suspended into China, domestic meat markets crash and the first decent rain in two months.
FINAL USA RANCH + SALE INTRO
4 August 2017 .
The sale is a little over a month away. We believe that there is a really even line of bulls on offer this year. The bulls are well muscled with good butt shape and high growth. Below are a couple of bulls that exhibit strong phenotypes and rank in the top 1% for selected Breedplan traits.
USA TRIP PART 2
21 July 2017 .
Here is our second instalment from Adam Wither's June trip through the United States highlighting some of the cattle he saw through Illinois and Nebraska.
JULY MARKET UPDATE
11 July 2017 .
There's a lot happening in the beef industry this month. From America banning Brazilian beef imports to meal kits taking over the food market to Australian steers being the most expensive in the world.
USA TRIP HIGHLIGHTS FROM TEXAS
3 July 2017 .
Throughout June Adam Withers, Stud Manager of Kenny's Creek Angus, embarked on a trip throughout the USA visiting farms and collection centres through Texas, Illanois, Dakota, Nebraska and Montana. Here are a few highlights from Texas!
JUNE MARKET UPDATE
7 June 2017 .
Each month we aim to outline some of, what we believe are, the key factors impacting international beef prices. As I put this together I am reminded just how fragile the world beef market feels at this point in time with the Indian beef ban, chaos in the ranks of JBS and market access for the US into China.
PIG PUSH RAISES $60,000
11 April 2017 . Hilltops Phoenix
The Boorowa Pig Push managed to raise close to $60,000 for the Country Education Foundation, surpassing their goal of $50,000. An incredible effort by the event organisers, sponsors, participants and locals.
PTIC HEIFERS TO $2320 IN 'SIZEABLE' AUCTIONS PLUS OFFERING
8 April 2017 . BEEF CENTRAL
The top price for first-calvers made impressive money this week making $2935. There were three lines totalling close to 90 heifers plus calves from Boorowa, NSW that made from $2925 to $2935. The heifers were unjoined 18-26 month old Kenny's Creek blood Angus with Angus calves at foot.
SYDNEY ROYAL "AGRIBUZZ"
7 April 2017 . The Land
Sam Burton Taylor delivers a speech at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on his many diverse careers in agriculture.
THE BIG PIG PUSH
1 April 2017 . Sunrise
The Sunrise team followed Percy, Boorowa's first giant paper mâché pig, through country NSW to help raise awareness for the Country Education Foundation. Watch Percy's journey from Boorowa to Orange generous locals that helped push him.
TRAVELLING PIG RAISING MONEY FOR RURAL EDUCATION
31 March 2017 . The Land
Kenny's Creek took part in Boorowa's first ever "Pig Push". Last week, a group of Boorowa people pushed a giant model pig from Boorowa to Orange to raise money for the Country Education Foundation of Australia. The "Pig Push" was inspired by Boorowa locals Justin and Richie Fleming that raised close to $50,000 for country education!
2016 FEMALE SALE WRAP UP
21 December 2016 . KENNYS CREEK ANGUS
All the 108 lots offered sold for an $5,097 average with a top of $18,000 payed by KO Angus stud, Kangaloon, for Kennys Creek Wilcoola J228.
KNOCK-OUT AT KENNYS CREEK
13 December 2016 . THE LAND
Demand for breeding females is abundant following a season unrivalled for decades as Kennys Creek Angus found at their stud female sale held on-property at Hillgrove, Boorowa, on Monday.
2016 FEMALE SALE PREVIEW
18 November 2016 . KENNY'S CREEK ANGUS
Kennys Creek female sale will consist of 120 lots with 20 cow/calf units, calves sired by Ascot Hallmark, Generation 2100, Sydgen Black Pearl and SAV Resource.
SPRING BULL SALE REPORT 2016
25 September 2016 . KENNYS CREEK ANGUS
With 82 bulls put to auction we had a full clearance of all bulls to an average of $6,900.
KENNYS CREEK ANGUS BULLS SET TO $12,000 TWICE
13 September 2016 . THE LAND
A top of $12,000 was reached twice as 67 of the 70 bulls offered sold for an average price of $6,671.
ASIA BEEF BOOM SAM BURTON TAYLOR AND FARM AT BOOROWA
4 August 2016 . CHANNEL NEWS ASIA
Sam Burton Taylor gave up a corporate life in the city to make millions off the land.
RECORD WAGYU F1 PRICE HEADLINES LARGER AUCTIONSPLUS CATALOGUE
3 July 2016 . BEEF CENTRAL
Cattle supply wasnt an issue online last week with AuctionsPlus offering 10,451 head across four sales.
KC NATURAL TAKES THE SHOW AT SIAL 2016
5 May 2016 . SIAL CHINA
KC Natural is thankful to all 66,000 SIAL visitors for making our booth the hottest place to be during SIAL 2016.
DRY SPELL CURBS RESTOCKER DEMAND ON AUCTIONSPLUS
23 April 2016 . BEEF CENTRAL
A line of 44 Angus second-calvers from Gunnedah, NSW, PTIC to Kennys Creek bulls, made solid money.
ABATTOIR CLOSINGS SHIFT THE BEEF INDUSTRY
3 March 2016 . ABC
Sam Burton Taylor trucks cattle from the Southwest slopes of Boorowa to Cassino on the North Coast, with a lucrative export business in mind.
BOOROWA BUTCHER USES FORMER FINANCE CAREER TO CARVE OUT SHARE OF CHINA'S BEEF EXPORT MARKET
1 March 2016 . ABC
Buying a butcher shop in his hometown of Boorowa and then doing his apprenticeship was certainly different to Mr Burton Taylor's former career in Sydney.
TALKING CHINA BUSINESS
26 February 2016 . ABC
Sam Burton Taylor discusses how KC Natural came to be one of Australias major suppliers of gourmet artisanal beef to China in this ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) podcast. Not your typical rancher, Sam has his eyes set on the demand for safe and traceable food from Chinas growing middle class. Listen to Sam discuss agriculture, business and industry trends in China.
FARMERS MAKE HAY BY MAKING SURE BEEF IN CHINA BECOMES LESS RARE
9 February 2016 . BLOOMBERG
Australian beef sales to China surged six-fold in three years to a record A$917 million ($651 million) in 2015.
ANGUS FIRST-CALVERS TO $2,170 IN FRIDAYS SMALLER AUCTIONSPLUS OFFERING
3 October 2015 . BEEF CENTRAL
A line of 90 Kennys Creek blood Angus weaned steers made $985.
AUSTRALIAN MEAT INDUSTRY COUNCIL
1 October 2015 . AUSTRALIAN MEAT COUNCIL NSW NEWSLETTER
The Australian Meat Industry Council welcomes new member KC Natural.
SPRING BULL SALE REPORT 2015
1 September 2015 . KENNYS CREEK ANGUS
Kennys Creek proudly announces record sales at our Fall 2015 bull auction. With 82 bulls sold to over 60 buyers, competition was healthy with most bulls selling for approximately $7,000 per head and our top bull, Equator J223, selling at $15,000. At under two years of age and already topping 835kg, Equators impeccable scrotal package supplemented by his marvelous carcass and fat attributes produced phenotypic dominance. The sale was underpinned by a very positive outlook for the industry overall and foreshadowing a probable industry shift towards breeders and away from processors and finishers.
ANGUS WEANER HEIFERS TOP 347C IN LARGE AUCTIONSPLUS CATALOGUE
8 August 2015 . BEEF CENTRAL
There was a lift in market confidence along with listing numbers in Fridays AuctionsPlus cattle sales, numbers rose by 2000 head.
BREAKTHROUGH CHINA LIVE EXPORT DEAL SIGNED
20 July 2015 . BEEF CENTRAL
The much anticipated opening of a live export trade for feeder and slaughter cattle from Australia to China has just been confirmed.
THE MOUNT FEEDLOT SELLS TO CHINESE BUYER
17 June 2015 . BEEF CENTRAL
Chinese interests have purchased Twynams Pastoral Cos The Mount feedlot.
SUPPLY CHOKEHOLDS STRANGLE PRODUCERS
17 March 2015 . STOCK JOURNAL
Before cattle producer and butcher Sam Burton Taylor can get his beef into a box for shipment to China, his cattle have to travel more than 1,000 kilometres to an abattoir.
LIVING OFF THE LAND
12 February 2015 . OUTBACK MAGAZINE
The next generation of Australian farming families, including the Burton Taylors, are expanding operations and changing the beef industry according to Outback Magazine. Legendary Angus breeder Nick Burton Taylors son Sam is leading the way with a new direct-to-market model. He has wed his skill sets of finance, accounting and butchery with his farming roots by opening a butcher shop and exporting beef directly to China himself from paddock to plate.
INTEGRATED BEEF SUPPLY CHAIN
20 January 2015 . DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES AGRICULTURE
Selling grass fed beef into China has been a challenge and now its found the right pitch.
WOF BEIJING POST CONFERENCE REPORT
15 January 2015 . WOF BEIJING POST CONFERENCE REPORT
Of 500 Exhibitors, Sam Burton Taylor and his iconic cowboy hat drew crowds to the high-end beef section of the show.
KC NATURAL BEEF A YOUTUBE HIT
5 January 2015 . BOOROWA NEWS
Boorowas Kennys Creek Angus has taken on the internet, starring in a new YouTube video.
4 September 2014 . THE ROLLICKING RAM CO-OP
Sam's Paddock Butcher Shop which is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Boorowa is a veritable meat cave.
ANGUS FEMALES REACH $9,000 AT BOOROWA
8 May 2014 . THE LAND
The Kennys Creek female sale sparked interest from several states with 52 of 53 cow and calf units selling to a top of $9,000 and averaging $3,004.
25TH ANNIVERSARY FEMALE SPRING SALE 2014
1 May 2014 . KENNYS CREEK ANGUS
Kennys Creek Angus celebrated its 25th birthday with the sale of all of our females over three years of age, including all special purchase females. It was satisfying to see 275 of our eminent HBR dams with progeny from our alliance with Finks Beef Genetics (USA) and Fossil Creek (NZ) emerge as valuable and productive females in our clients embryo and stud programs.
AUSTRALIAN SMES RIDE THE DRAGON
24 March 2014 . SMARTCOMPANY
KC Natural is featured in a SmartCompany story of how, in less than a year, the firm was able crack the China market. KC Natural Managing Director Sam Burton Taylor said Contrary to what most people think, there is no easy money. Your viewpoint has to be how can I help my clients make money?.
STUD FEMALE SALE 2014
5 March 2014 . KENNYS CREEK ANGUS
A small but focussed crowd were ring side at last weeks Kennys Creek Angus female sale in Boorowa, pushing the most desired females to $8,000 and taking home some great cows at good money. With our Asia business expanding, we were excited to sell females to neighbouring farms who supply cattle with our genetics to KC Natural clients in Asia.
CHINA HUNGRY FOR AUSSIE ANGUS
23 February 2014 . FOOD AND WINE
Boorowas KC Natural feeds a niche market for premium grass fed Angus in China. The focus of the company is developing long-term partnerships across China, with whom to co-brand and complete the KC Natural farm to fork supply chain. Angus and Australia are well recognised in China, but I didnt anticipate how strong the demand would be, Sam Burton Taylor said.
COMPETITIVE EDGE TO BRAND STUD BEEF
20 February 2014 . THE LAND
Following Angus beef from genetics to the plate is behind the brand recognition that is pushing the next step in the journey for Boorowas butcher Sam Burton Taylor. Weve got an Angus stud, were killing our own cattle and were buying cattle back from our bull and female clients were connecting it from the genetics back to the plate, he said.
SAMS PADDOCK TO YOUR PLATE, SYDNEY
9 December 2013 . GOOD FOOD
Specialising in Kennys Creek Natural Beef, Cowra Lamb and a wealth of local produce, Sams Paddock has rapidly become a phenomenon in the local hilltops area of country NSW.
NEW-AGE BEEF GRAZIERS: THE BUTCHER
13 November 2013 . GOOD FOOD
Sam Burton Taylor discusses KC Naturals genetics and ability to provide paddock-to-plate high-end grass fed beef through his own butcher shop with Good Food magazine. The article points to the growth of all natural grass fed producs as a healthier, more flavorful alternative to grain fed beef, without compromising consistency. KC Naturals ability to achieve MSA boning group 1 and 2, Australias highest standards, without the hormones and fat in standard grain fed beef is changing people perceptions of what constitutes high-end Angus beef.