Free-range spir­its

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - ROGER HAN­SON

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.

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