Nestled in the heart of the pasture rich Strzlecki ranges, South Gippsland, the Merlewood Angus farm is proudly owned & operated by Anne Marie & Daniel Barrow.

A love of farming bought Daniel & Anne Marie back to Australia after they met in 1994 in Munich, Germany – a classic tale of the country boy meets city girl.

Following a decade of living in Europe & finding the ideal property to breed quality grass-fed Angus cattle, Merlewood Angus Stud was founded in 2009 & fulfilled a long held dream.  The original “Merlewood” farm was established in 1880 & with Anne Marie & Daniel now at the helm, they are thrilled to be writing a new chapter in the history of “Merlewood”.

The farm’s 920 plus acres of fertile grazing land is backed by Gippsland’s reliable rainfall & supports a seedstock model where over 300 cattle are joined annually using sustainable & natural farming practices.

Holding it’s inaugural Black Angus Bull Sale in autumn 2017, the stud continues to build on it’s success with an average of 60+ Angus Bulls being offered at auction in the autumn of each year, and their solid client base continually growing.

Always looking to value add for their clients, Merlewood Angus are excited to announce that they will be selling 40 black Angus heifers at their 9th Annual Autumn Bull Sale on Friday 15th March 2025. A wonderful opportunity for clients to leap frog their breeding program and add diversity to their own carefully crafted genetic pool. Also an excellent opportunity for those starting out in farming or black Angus cattle to fast track their foundational herd with Gippsland’s leading black Angus genetics. Heifers will be ca. 18 months of age and ready to be taken home and joined. There will be an array of bulls to choose from too suitable for mating with them.



Daniel & Anne Marie are pragmatic, passionate & professional beef producers, breeding premium marketable cattle they love.

Consumers of grass-fed beef for many years they have a clear direction & vision to breed natural pasture raised animals as the ultimate choice in beef production.

Chosing the Gippsland region with its natural environment a close replication of the Aberdeen Angus cattle breed’s homelands allows the stud to showcase their cattle’s full genetic potential on a grass-fed diet.  Our cattle are accustomed to the climate, biodiversity & environment of the Gippsland region.

The Merlewood farm has running creeks, a temperate climate, lush green grass & high rainfall.  The terrain is undulating with our bulls exposed to steep, hilly paddocks from a young age. All cattle are run under commercial conditions &  small paddocks (2ha – 4ha) ensures intensive handling of & interaction with the cattle on an almost daily basis.

Farm management principles include low-stress handling, rotational grazing & clean trough water.

Temperament, trust & transparency in both the people & cattle of Merlewood Angus are of paramount importance to our success.  Anne Marie & Daniel love what they do & surround themselves with equally passionate partners in professionalism & collaborate with the best in the industry.

Continually learning and continually evolving, these first generation farmers are true stewards of the land they are honoured to look after and the cattle in their care.

Integrity, trust and continuity of care are the three words that the farming community use to describe Anne Marie and Daniel Barrow, their operation and their business acumen.