Updated: Feb 24
The Chiesa Story
The Chiesa's originated from Northern Italy when Nonno (grandfather), Luigi settled in the township of Ingham in North Queensland after the second world war. Sponsored out by his Zio (uncle) Cerutti, he paid off his debt by working in the Cerutti Bakery. Once this was achieved, he became a Cane Cutter then a Cane Farmer. Their cattle journey started when 4 generations ago with Nonna's family the Palman's, who were also cane farmers, had milking cows running in Palm Creek to keep the rat population down. This reduced the loss of cane and minimised weil's disease which affected the health of the cane cutters. In 1979 Teitzel's Farm and Butcher Shop was purchased, the name was changed, Chiesa & Sons Butchery and my uncle, Mario started operating the shop. He's still there 40 years later. Veal was the big seller, especially in an Italian based town, so they were crossbreeding Limousine, Charolais, Santa Gertudis etc and producing 150kg carcass calves off mum. Eventually, we needed to start keeping the progeny as the veal trade slowed and realised the Brahman breed was needed for ease of management on the coast. Nowadays the family uses their own grass-fed Brahman heifers for the shop, they grade MSA at the accredited MSA slaughterhouse, Bingil Bay Beef. My love of cattle has come from watching the family journey with cattle as a young boy and knew that it was something that I would want to continue doing in the future.
The Bush Story
The Bush's have been living in the Kennedy Valley for around 6 Generations. I feel a great sense of connection to this part of the world. My Great Grandfather came north from Rockhampton as a timber logger working on the Kirrama Range. He met my great Grandmother and they married, from here they went into farming. They did a wide variety of farming, also going into a milking dairy. They worked hard and grew the family business to incorporate their sons who then expanded the business into bananas, sugar cane and beef cattle. I have grown up surrounded with cattle and have loved the lifestyle that comes with it. My mum first introduced me to Stud cattle where we would break them in and parade at shows. I loved getting to know each animal and learning there personalities. Living on the land is something that I also knew I would remain doing, and I am grateful that I have been able to do it and raise my own children in the same environment.