Free range meats from the paddock to the plate
WHITSUNDAY residents searching for high quality, free range meat need to look no further than Whitsunday Beefalo and Berkshire Gold.
These are the words of Christina della Valle, who has owned and operated Whitsunday Beefalo and Berkshire Gold for the past 14 years, priding herself on producing excellent meat without forgetting the welfare of the animals.
She has now joined forces with business partners Julia Powel and Shane Muller from Ingham, who have recently re-opened the slaughterhouse at Taylor’s Beach.
“They are fully licensed to kill, cut up and package meat and above all, they have the same standards about animal welfare and food,” Mrs della Valle said.
“We can now produce a huge range of Beefalo and Berkshire pork, charcuterie and delicious sausages. We know what we sell because we have an input from start to finish.”
The Beefalo cattle are humanly raised, grass fed and hormone free in a stress free environment with calves only seeing grain when they are weaned from their mothers.
The Berkshire pigs are also truly free range, grazing over six acres of farmland and raised on strict vegetarian diets. Local businesses such as the Naked Crocodile Cafe and Capers on the Beach use a range of Whitsunday Beefalo and Berkshire Gold products on their menus.
Mrs della Valle recently launched the Whitsunday Farm Butchers mobile food van which will be open for business at the Airlie Beach Community Markets every Saturday and operating from the farm every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
FARM FRESH: Whitsunday Beefalo and Berkshire Gold owner Christina della Valle raises the Berkshire pigs on a vegetarian diet in a truly free range environment on her farm in Preston.