Event to highlight ag innovation in Gundy
AN EVENT designed to celebrate innovation, produce and agriculture in the Goondiwindi region will be held next month.
More than 20 farmers across horticulture, grains and livestock industries are set to open their gates to welcome guests.
Gooralie Free Range Pork will be one of many local producers highlighted during Discover Farming.
Owners Mark and Charisse Ladner have transformed their traditional farming operation over 15 years to build a free-range piggery to produce pork in a natural, outdoor environment.
Mark said in 1999 they first identified that people were paying more attention to the paddock to plate concept.
“People were becoming more aware of traceability and where their food came from,” he said.
They produce 40 tonnes of pork a week, sold to butchers throughout Australia as well as an exported product.
Mark and Charisse both grew up on the land in the Goondiwindi region.
Mark returned to the family property in 1986, 10 years later marrying Charisse, and took over the property from his parents.
“We started looking at pork and free-range systems,” Mark said. “We saw a lot of what people were doing wrong in regards to inconsistency of product, having pigs that were too fat and inability to keep the supply consistent.
“We wanted to make sure we could do what we said we would.”
This involved the couple developing a system so they would have enough sows initially to be able to maintain the product and build a label.
“It’s also about quality assurance, people know what they are getting is the real deal.”
Gooralie’s pork is in accordance with Australian Pork Limited’s APIQ free range certification and RSPCA guidelines.
Sustainability is a key driver
People know what they are getting is the real deal. — Mark Ladner
HAPPY AS: Gooralie Free-Range Pork, near Goondiwindi, produces 40 tonne a week. is a mixed farming property, INNOVATION: Gooralie to drive their business. relying on solar and gravity