ONE of the biggest free-range pork producers in the state has been named Sprout Tasmania’s producer of the year.
Long Name Farm at Little Swanport on the East Coast is run by Phil Outtram and his partner Selina Smith, who received the award at Sprout’s Cross-Pollinate conference at Grove this week.
“We are very surprised and absolutely stoked that all our hard work building up our business raising happy pigs to supply high quality free-range pork was being recognised,” Mr Outtram said.
A loyal supporter of Long Name Farm, hobby goat and pig farmer Jim Scurrah, nominated the pig farm in the awards.
“He helped us out at the start when we bought our first herd, but because there are so many wonderful hardworking small producers around the state we didn’t think any more about it,” Mr Outtram said.
For the past three years Long Name Farm has increased its herd of rare and heritage breed pigs best suited to free-range living.
From the initial 12 sows and a boar the farm has gone to run 35 sows and two boars.
Mr Outtram said the numbers allowed for sustainable paddock rotation and supply.
They sell boxed meat directly to customers.
“We now also have a flock sheep, which we aim to supply to the market as Two-Toothin-a-Box to compliment our Pig-in-a-Box product.”
Ms Smith said she never thought she would be a pig farmer.
“There have been challenges being a primary producer, but we love it,” she said.
The name Long Name Farm refers to the Aboriginal name for Little Swanport, w hich was recorded as tee.be.leb. ber.rer.men.nape.bone.yer. men.nan.yer by George A. Robinson in 1831.
At 37 letters, she said it was Australia’s longest place name. It means “place where a moving stream flows into a large estuary surrounded by hills”.
Sprout’s 2018 scholarship recipients are Michael Layfield and Lauren Byrne from Felds Farm at Bagdad; Fiona Hume from Arundel in Derwent Valley; Fiona Makowski from Fresh Field Grove in Richmond; Elizabeth Mahnken from Summerlea Farm at North Lilydale and William Borowski from Forest Fungi at Woodbridge Hill.
Sprout Tasmania general manager Jennifer Robinson said Long Name Farm and the scholarship winners were all well-deserving recipients.
“Producers do all the hard work and it’s great to realise they are not alone, there are others, and events like the conference allow them to share knowledge and want to be better,” Ms Robinson said.