✔ The Borrowdale brand is produced by Mark and Charisse Ladner who are the owners and operators of the Gooralie farm which is a free-range pork family business producing humanely farmed RSPCA Approved pork on their property near Goondiwindi, on Queensland’s fertile Darling Downs.
✔ Their farm is the longest standing RSPCA Approved piggery in Australia and the only approved pig farm in Queensland.
✔ The pigs live outdoors where they can truffle and play.
✔ Sows raise their piglets in individual straw-filled huts and have room to roam, can wallow in mud, and socialize with each other. Absolutely no gestation crates.
✔ Pigs are fed a natural, nutritiously balanced diet free of chemical residue, antibiotics, and growth hormones. All feed is free of GMOs.
✔ Of course, the animals do not undergo painful teeth clipping and tail docking and are free of nose rings.
✔ Borrowdale (a subdivision of Arcadian Organics) is a certified 100% carbon neutral business.
|Pork Breed||Berkshire Mixed Breed|
|Farm/Ranch||Gooralie Farm & Surrounding Partners|
|Region||Goondiwindi in Queensland, Australia|
|Breeding||All-time free-range pasture/mud raised|
|Raised by||Mark and Charisse Ladner & Surrounding Partners|
|Farming Experience||Since 1999|
|Feeding||Natural feed only. Corn, barley, wheat, soybean meal, extraction meal, mineral mixtures|
|Traceability||100% fully traceable from farm to fork|
|Subtherapeutic Use of Antibiotics||Never|
|Animal By-Product Feeding||Never|
When you buy pork from your meat supplier always check for the points below. Any question left unanswered may be the result of a transparency, traceability or animal welfare issue.
|Points to Check||Borrowdale Free-Range Pork|
|Where does the pork exactly come from?||Queensland, near Goondiwindi in Australia. Managed by Mark and Charisse Ladner.|
|Factory Farming?||Absolutely no! Borrowdale free-range pigs have comfortable shelter to protect them from the elements and have unlimited and unrestricted access to the outdoor paddocks. See images for yourself.|
|How about animal welfare?||Borrowdale free-range pork adheres to the APIQ free range industry standards, ensuring weaners, growers and sows have access to extensive outdoor areas their entire lives. Sows raise their piglets in individual straw-filled huts and have room to roam, can wallow in mud, and socialize with each other. Absolutely no gestation crates.|
|Are real pictures or videos of the pigs available?||Of course, all images and videos are actual images of the Borrowdale farm.|
|Is 100% traceability available.||Absolutely, 100% traceability from farm to table.|
|Information about feed?||Gooralie pigs are fed a natural, nutritiously balanced diet free of chemical residue, antibiotics, and growth hormones. No GMO feed is used.|
|Who is Importing?||We directly import from Australia and are the importers of Borrowdale free-range pork to Japan.|
|Where is processing?||90% of the pork is processed in Australia. 10% is processed here in Japan, eg. pack into smaller portions or slicing etc.|
|Growth hormones used?||Never!|
|Subtherapeutic Antibiotics used?||Never!|
The Gooralie Farm was a mixed farming property near Goondiwindi, Australia. After more than 10 years of producing natural lamb and beef, the family, Mark and Charisse Ladner, decided to establish a free range breeding herd to produce natural pork in 1999. The family believes giving animals a better life flows on to the taste of the meat, so they endeavour to grow their own grain to feed their pigs a natural, nutritiously balanced diet free of chemical residue, antibiotics, growth hormones or feed from genetically modified origin. Their desire to raise pigs in a stress-free environment with a focus on animal welfare practices has even earned them the APIQ Free Range Certificate.
Borrowdale free range pork is sourced from farmers run by families. All of the farms are born from the desire to raise pigs in a stress-free environment while also focusing on animal welfare practices. The farms offer an ideal home for their pigs to display their natural behaviors such as rooting and foraging. Water and food is always accessible, insulated huts filled with deep straw bedding for comfort are also provided.
Pigs are very social animals, so they're raised in large groups. On all of Borrowdale's traditional farms the pigs are able to live out all of their natural behaviors in a natural environment. To ensure a stress-free and happy life, the pigs don't only have the chance to go out in the wild whenever they like, they are also provided with shelter and comfortable bedding to rest when needed. And wallowing, as well as playing in mud, which is a pig's natural behavior, is also possible at all times.
The 10,000 acre farm is an ideal home for the pigs to be able to freely truffle and access water and food whenever they like. All pigs are fed a well-balanced diet to closely match those of their wild ancestors. (Pigs can’t survive only on grass, so there will never be grass-fed pork but pastured pork, meaning they were raised on an open pasture.) All feed is of of Australian non-GMO origin.
Rediscover the real taste of pork. Borrowdale free-range Berkshire pork comes with excellent marbling and a great fat to meat ratio - the highest quality of free-range pork money can buy. Borrowdale pork is ethically raised family farmed pork in a stress-free environment, with the freedom to truffle, play, and wallow in the mud. Borrowdale's free-range pork has taken on the superior flavor and tenderness of pork from a bygone era. Free of growth hormones, antibiotics, or any nasties. Borrowdale pork has a superior flavor and tenderness that is all-natural and how pork should taste. Let your family rediscover the real taste of pork today.
Carbon Neutrality means there is compensation for everything Borrowdale farms do that produces carbon emissions. The activities that compensate are called ‘carbon offsets’ or ‘carbon credits.’ A Carbon offset represents one Tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent Greenhouse gas that has been prevented from entering the atmosphere. These emissions are offset by a third party who reduces greenhouse gases on their behalf, through a Carbon Offset Project. Read all the details here.
In 2018, during the "Steak your Claim" competition in Australia, Borrowdale Pork won first place. Borrowdale Free Range Pork was celebrated by the judges for excellent raw appearance, with good colour and marbling, plus their terrific flavour, tenderness, juiciness in the cooked product. Winning this award proves the effectiveness of using the highest possible standards of ethical production. Click here to view media release.