What We Do

We have long established and respectful relationships with local authorities, rural landholders, traditional owners and industry supply chains.

These relationships, matched with a track record of delivering successful outcomes, have created a level of confidence with the finance sector envied by our peers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has re-ignited the conversation that we need to produce more of our own food here in Australia. Agriculture is a huge contributor to global warming. At the outset, Packhorse identified that we can produce plentiful clean, green, high quality food for Australian consumption and for export, while simultaneously restoring the environment, increasing land value and adding value to the supply chain.

​Packhorse acquires properties according to strict criteria, allowing us to meet our environmental and financial obligations through our principles of regenerative agriculture.​

Biodiversity above and below the ground is critical.

The first step to the land restoration process involves analysing the microbial activity in the soils, through a combination of chemical, physical and biological testing. This then allows our custodians to isolate key requirements and develop pasture plans that will introduce species to mobilise nutrients and re-boot the natural cycle.

Biodiverse pastures offer greater nutritional value through increased mineral, protein and phosphorous levels which can reduce the need for supplements and enhance animal  performance. 

Animal performance is measured by monitoring average daily gain using an Optiweigh unit. The unit is simply set up in the paddock, equipped with a lick block to entice the cattle. The cattle place their front feet on the platform, their NLIS tag is read & their weight recorded & exported to our data collection centre. Cattle are weighed multiple times a day, stress-free in their grazing environment with weight gain changes tracked in less than 5 days.

The Packhorse team has 30 years' specialised experience in the red meat industry.

Our cattle management capabilities deliver many advantages to supply chain partners:

A known quantity and controlled stock flow

  • Capital light
  • Strategic alignment with quality grass producer

Scale, genetic control, cost efficiency

  • Ability to leverage assets under Packhorse control to drive scale and manage production demands
  • Consistency around genetics underpins value based marketing
  • Locked-in cost to gain and overall production through the supply chain cycle

Supply security and reduced cost

  • Increased supply and reduction in cost of production.

Private Investment Portfolio

$200m private holdings under management over 56,000 hectares of land.

Packhorse Core Strengths:

Australian Environmental Custodians

  • Impact investment improving lives of future generations
  • Regenerative farming expertise
  • Utilising animals to reenergise the soil
  • Increasing soil organic matter

LOW RISK INVESTMENTS

  • Strong thematic
  • Capital preservation
  • Risk adjusted returns
  • (target IRR 8-10%pa*)
  • Low fee structure

Track record

  • Peace of mind confidence around capital
  • Subject matter experts
  • Above benchmark* risk adjusted returns
  • Strong returns on current investments

Carbon CREDITs

  • Potential upside to returns (not included in target IRR)
  • Environmental benefits
  • Improving carbon and water cycle
  • Improving ecosystems services

Strategic Focus

  • Strict acquisition criteria
  • Beef only – we won't be distracted
  • Aligned, invested management
  • We put the environment first

Deep Supply Chain Relationships

  • Unique off take partnerships
  • Secured income stream
  • Reduced volatility
  • Alignment in values and objectives

*Benchmark data taken from ABARES rate of return for beef farms,  Australia Northern Region, 2009-2020