Drought claims North Bur­nett pork pro­ducer

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

AN ICONIC North Bur­nett pork pro­ducer has made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to close their farm.

The ris­ing price of grain due to the drought and an over­sup­ply of pork driv­ing down prices are be­ing cited as the rea­sons be­hind Degilbo’s Back­fat­ters Her­itage Breed Free Range Pig Farm hav­ing to shut up shop.

Back­fat­ters an­nounced the news on their Face­book page on Jan­uary 15.

“The ris­ing costs of grain due to the drought and with the high cost of pro­cess­ing we have had to make the call,” they wrote.

“Thank you to all our won­der­fully loyal cus­tomers over the past nine years.

“We have loved hav­ing you all out to the farm for our Pig Day Out, Long Ta­ble lunch and many other open days. We have meet some life long friends along the way.

“Thank you and good­bye.” Speak­ing with ABC Wide Bay, owner Julia Pow­ell said even though sales were strong, “we’ve got to make some money off the en­ter­prise and liv­ing off noth­ing doesn’t work.”

Mrs Pow­ell said she was in tears hav­ing to process all her stock.

Only a dozen pigs re­main of the Pow­ell’s sounder of swine (a term for a group of pigs).

Face­book was flooded with posts of sup­port fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, with many say­ing they had stocked up with one last freezer-full of ba­con, ham and sausages.

Mrs Pow­ell called for greater in­vest­ment in drought-proof­ing farms.

An­drew Spencer, CEO of in­dus­try peak-body Aus­tralian Pork, said they are work­ing hard to in­crease con­sumer de­mand for pork to help drive up the farm gate price, which he said needed to rise an ex­tra $0.10–0.30 cents to stop the in­dus­try rout.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CLAIMED BY DROUGHT: Only a dozen pigs re­main of the well-known Back­fat­ters farm in Degilbo, af­ter the own­ers had to close the busi­ness.

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