English Longhorn is the jewel in the crown of Richard Gunner’s breeding program.
There have been two key drivers behind Gunner’s desire to re-introduce English Longhorn and his portfolio of other rare breeds back into Australia. Increasingly, chefs are demanding new flavours and breeds for their menus that will set themselves apart from their competitors.
A late maturing cattle breed with long curling horns, Gunner and partner Jock Zonfrillo (Adelaide chef and owner of Street ADL and Orana restaurants) have been breeding Longhorn from imported embryos since 2013. To date they have successfully raised a small head of 33 cattle.
While building the herd has been tougher than expected, Gunner has successfully maintained the exceptional flavour of the English Longhorn in his Australian-bred beef. Leaning hard on genetics, he has successfully tweaked his breeding program to suit the Australian environment. The final result is a Longhorn version that eats well, sheds hair in the Australian heat, has reliable fertility and is lighter in colour – all the while retaining the exceptional Longhorn quality and flavour.
Gunner’s Longhorn herd is being raised on a property near Meningie in Southern Australia.
While full meat production is still many years away, there has been a very small supply of this beautiful tasting, premium beef available for some restaurant menus.
Once supply is guaranteed, this unique Longhorn offering will set your menu apart, enticing customers with a variety of beef rarely seen on a restaurant plate.
Gunner believes that English Longhorn is the best he’s ever tasted – and Heston Blumenthal agrees, rating it as the perfect steak in his TV series “In Search of Perfection.”