~Region: The Murray

We began the Bundarra Farm in 2009, with pig production kicking off in 2011. We now produce fresh free range pork cuts (nose-to-tail); nitrate free smoked and fresh small goods including ham, bacon and air-dried European salumi; as well as French charcuterie.

Lauren is a 6th generation farmer and committed to true free range practices. Our farm is based on ethical, low stress animal management. Pigs are given the space and environment they require in a natural environment. Growing pigs this way is the backbone of our business. It ensures the highest quality meat and is the only way we foresee a future for sustainable animal consumption.

Owner Lauren and Lachlan Mathers
Website www.bundarraberkshires.com.au
Telephone 03 5453 2392
Certification VFMA Accreditation, bio-dynamic (in conversion),
Other markets  Castlemaine, Swan Hill, Fairfield and Koondrook
Awards Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2012 Champion Pork Product, Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2014 Gold Medal for Little Smoked Ham and Silver Medal for Smoked Bacon, Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2015 Silver Medal for Lonza. Delicious. Produce Awards Finalist 2012, 2014, 2015. Named in top 5 of 2015 Top 30 Australian Producers. (Fairfax accolade)
Links The Backroads TrailThe Junction Moama Top 30 Australian ProducersProducers: A Curly Tale with Bundarra Berkshires

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We are located in a dry, temperate to Mediterranean climate on the Murray River. We have very hot summers and very cold winters with severe frosts. Our farm is mostly dryland farming so we manage our on-ground feed according to the seasons. In summer we usually have no green pasture unless there are freak summer rains. Our pigs are a true example of the effect of terroir. We think the sweetness of the meat  is influenced by their meat-free diets and exposure to heavy clay loam soils high in natural minerals. We do not overstock our paddocks and manage our growth according to demand and the environment.

The farmers markets are the best platform for consumers to connect with farmers they can trust, who take extra care with their animals and produce to ensure ethical food choices can be made. It is also a direct way to support farming families like ours, by produce receiving the price that it is truly valued at.

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David’s family have been farming at ‘Belmont’ for over 100 years. David’s father was very forward thinking and at odds with the farming practices of his peers at the time he converted the farm to biodynamics in the early 80s. ‘Belmont’ is acclaimed as a showpiece of biodynamic farming in action as David and Andrew continue with the farming legacy of their father.

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We began breeding Boer goats in 2000. Breeding stock was sourced from Terraweena Boar Goat Stud in South Australia. Embryo programs soon became an integral part of our breeding program as we attempted to use only the best bloodlines in Australia. Success at local shows indicated the breeding plan was working. With the importation of new South African genetics, we decided to introduce the new genetics into our breeding stud. We now have several lines which have produced excellent breeding does, giving us show success both nationally and at a state level in 2005.

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I took up farming in 2001 as a way to spend more time with my son. Having had several food-related businesses previously, a farm seemed like a good opportunity to combine self-employment with fatherhood and use my permaculture skills. I found the farm on a camping trip to Mildura; my family produced sultanas in the area in the early eighties so it seemed a natural step to go back to farming. My brothers work with me at the farmers’ markets. (more…)

My father started in biodynamics in 1965 – I was born into farming! Our farm is in Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley. Being in northern Victoria offers the benefit of lots of heat in the summer, which lends itself to a long season for tomatoes, melons and sweet potatoes to name just a few of our summer produce items. (more…)