Dean and Julia Ryan are enthusiastic second-generation producers making some big changes to the way they farm the land and grow their fruits, vegetables, and meats. With over 50 years’ combined experience working on the farm, they sure know a thing or two when it comes to growing fresh quality produce.
Historically the Ryans are known for producing conventional potatoes and beef cattle. The family have diversified their offering to include certified organic avocados, gold Dori kiwi fruit, as well as grass fed Jersey beef and lamb.
Their picturesque property, Lake Janis Farm, is named after Dean’s mother Janis Ryan, a family matriarch. Lake Janis is an impressive water supply, situated off the Warren River in the locality of Quinninup. Lake Janis Farm comprises two brands, Lake Janis Organic, for the avocados, and Lake Janis Grassfed, for the Jersey beef and Ultrawhite lambs, plus the gold kiwifruit is sold under the Dori Australia brand.
Spread over 1,000 acres (387 Ha) of fertile land, the landscape comprises steep rolling hills, surrounded by Karri forests. It is the rich Karri loam soils, high quality water and a mild climate, that provide Dean and Julia with perfect growing conditions for their crops and livestock.
Dean and Julia have been working hard to create a production system based on remineralised fermented compost to effectively meet the crop and pasture nutrient needs. A pivotal moment in their farming careers has been discovering the power of biological and regenerative practices. Every production decision they make revolves around maximising nutrient density in their produce to have a positive impact on human health. Lake Janis Farm now utilises regenerative and holistic farming practices that aim to improve soil health by expanding biodiversity and remineralisation, increasing organic matter in soil structure, and transferring carbon from the atmosphere to the soil.
Dean and Julia are trailblazing the way for gold kiwi fruit production in Western Australia, as they are one of the first orchards in Western Australia to grow the Italian variety, Dori. In March 2022, the family harvested their first commercial crop, with their gold kiwifruit supplied throughout WA greengrocers.
In addition to the new produce lines, they have also installed two large centre pivots for irrigating pastures which allows them to supply grass fed meat year-round. The Lake Janis Grassfed Jersey beef and Ultrawhite lambs graze on remineralized multispecies pasture consisting of herbs, legumes and grasses.
Jersey cattle are known for their high-quality milk production, but they also make excellent beef, with a rich flavour that is both tender and incredibly creamy. Jersey beef is a niche, gourmet line that is positioned between Angus and Wagyu. Dean and Julia are the only people selling Jersey beef in WA.
When it comes to taste, grass fed Jersey beef has a distinct and delicious flavour that is richer and more complex than conventional beef. Jersey Beef has a distinctive yellow fat which is high in beta-carotenes, vitamin D and healthy omega 3 fats. The Jerseys are obtaining good marbling on their nutritious grassfed diet. They also grow much slower than your traditional breeds of cattle which means they pack in extra flavour.
The Lake Janis Grassfed lambs are an Ultrawhite meat breed, which are also self shedding, non mulsed and low maintenance. Their role is two pronged, as they also graze through the certified organic avocado orchard to help keep the grass and weeds down.
Lake Janis Farm are all about growing quality, nutritious produce with a niche edge through their unique regenerative production system. Watch this space as Dean and Julia Ryan seek to foster a connection with mindful consumers and help them understand the story and journey behind the fresh quality produce, cared for and grown at Lake Janis Farm.
SOUTHERN FORESTS SUPPLIERS
The Cherry Box - Manjimup
Pemberton General Store - Pemberton
JERSEY BEEF & LAMB BUTCHERS
Crimea Quality Meats- Morley
Meat Lovers Paradise- Yokine
Melville Heights Meat Supply- Melville
RJ’s Quality Meat- Baldivis
South West Cheeky Butcher- Busselton
Tonys House of Tender Meats- Midland
JERSEY BEEF BUTCHERS
Buckingham Quality Meats- Bunbury
Bully Butcher- Kingsley
Cowaramup Meat Specialists- Cowaramup
Cutting Edge Butchers- Ellenbrook
Jakes Continental Butchery- Bassendean
JB’s Quality Meats- Katanning
Meat & Mains- Mt Hawthorn
Spry’s Meat Market- Collie
Tenderspot Meat Co. – Port Hedland
The Butchers Hook- Armadale
Glens Gourmet Meats- Rockingham
Rockpool Bar & Grill – Perth
Two Little Blackbirds Café- Manjimup
Matters of Taste Providore