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