All Angus steaks and beef selections on our menus at the Willow Tree Inn come from cattle born and raised on the pastures of Colly Creek Pastoral Company, also at Willow Tree, NSW.
Colly Creek was purchased by our company in mid-2005 and comprises a total of over 6,000 acres of prime breeding and fattening country, bounded by the New England and Kamilaroi Highways at Willow Tree. The Colly Creek aggregation includes approximately 2,000 acres, known as “Plain View” on the Merriwa Road, 3kms west of Willow Tree. This property benefits from four large grain silos and a 600-head feedlot, which allows us to finish our pasture fed cattle on local Barley and Triticale grown by our company on the Liverpool Plains, together with Oaten Hay.
Colly Creek, managed by James Thibault, has in excess of 2,000 head of Black Angus cattle, from which we choose the 25 best steers each month exclusively for Graze Restaurant.
The Black Angus cattle born and raised on the beautiful pastures of Colly Creek have excellent marble score, tenderness, and flavour.
Manager – Colly Creek Pastoral Company
Interest in farming and cattle was sparked at an early age with James being born and raised in Gunnedah, North West NSW on his family’s cropping property.
After exploring another area of interest, sports science, at Wollongong University, James moved to London for a time where he worked and traveled. On returning to Australia, the call of the farm lured him back to his first love – breeding and fattening cattle in their family feedlot.
Moving their young family to the higher rainfall area of the New England saw James and Meredith become even more interested in breeding quality Angus cattle as well as farming, contracting and pasture improvement. The move to Colly Creek Pastoral Company in early 2017 has enabled James and his family to continue doing what they love while giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Willow Tree community.
Roger is the longest serving member of our Colly Creek team, having lived and worked on the property since 1988.