Our girls have pretty much free run over 40 acres but choose mostly to have their own patch of territory that they can call home. Currently Fauna (our other Bekshire girl is Flora) is in a two acre paddock of lush grass with a Mulberry tree for shade along with her 5 (teenage) piglets. These bundles of little trouble will be heading off to the butcher sometime around March 2011. Until then they will enjoy the company of their family group in the most pig friendly environment you could imagine.
Livewell Farm is a 40 acre property situated in the beautiful rolling hills fifty kilometres west of Brisbane. We wanted to create a space where our family and others could experience the wonder of nature and learn to appreciate and be grateful for its bounty and beauty.
Our farm produces many things and we embrace biodiversity. We enjoy beautiful tasty pork from our rare breed Berkshire pigs and beef from our miniature Zebu cattle. Whilst, what was the front yard of the old farm has been transformed into a permaculture inspired vegetable garden with vegetable mandalas and a Chicken dome, interspersed with fruit trees.
Please enjoy reading our entries, we hope that one day we will see some of you at the farm in person – or at least drop us a line by e-mail.
20 November 2010
For those of you that may not know us, one of the main focuses of Livewell Farm is the raising of delicious free range organic pork. We believe that each animal we rear and then consume on the table has had the best possible life. We currently have two purebred Berkshire breeding sows and two young Large Black sows which we will put into pig late next year. We choose not to run a boar with our girls, as they have a nice long rest between litters (and he would be very bored and frustrated). Instead, one of us will AI the girls. We use Duroc seamen as our research has led us to believe that the hybrid vigour of the Duroc along with its tendency to lay down intra-muscular fat in combination with traditional cut of the Berkshire, means that our customers get the best possible tasting pork available.