There are few undertakings as uncompromising as farming: our productivity depends on nature and balanced ecosystems. When the land and animals are nurtured, you watch things grow before your eyes. There are no guarantees on the land, however, which is why The Free-Range Farming Co-op is an important collaboration. It allows like-minded, sustainable, ethical farmers to work together to obtain fair prices and support each other through all the ups and downs of farming. As the saying goes two minds are better than one! The Co-op also allows you to know your farmers and support us by enjoying our beautiful products.
Our farmers are constantly revising their methods to ensure the land remains healthy and fertile for generations to come. They achieve this through employing sustainable and ethical agricultural practices, which include:
- Embracing a nose-to-tail philosophy – a philosophy of eating and cooking that involves using every possible part of an animal and thus minimising waste
- Ensuring traceability – customers know exactly who grew their food, encouraging a connection to the people, land, and animals, while also reducing double-handling
- Antibiotic and hormone-free production
- Adhering to low-stress animal management practices
- Maximising food production by bringing high-yield produce direct to the end user, using less resources, less land, and saving valuable water
- Manage the natural ecosystem to ensure the native wildlife and vegetation flourish
Spanning across the floodplains between the Warrego and the Nebine Rivers in Queensland’s south-west, you’ll find soft, rolling country that naturally responds to the hint of rain. This country is known by locals and past generations as ‘Salad Bowl Country.’
The so-called Salad Bowl is renowned for its abundance of herbages, native grasses, legumes, and salt bush varieties. This environment, with its nutritious feed sources, is where the ‘Rosscoe Prime SAMM’ lambs are born and raised. The lambs are then transported and fattened according to low-stress practices on improved pastures on the Darling Downs.
It’s our privilege to be producers of premium quality Prime SAMM – South African Meat Merino lamb.
The Neuendorf family has been farming in the fertile Lockyer Valley since 1918, originally dairying and then moving on to lucerne and horticulture. After a family succession, David and Bronwyn, with son Brenton, started their own lucerne farm and 9Dorf Farms was born.
The family is passionate about sustainable farming, working with and improving the environment, and producing ethically-raised animals.
David realised that farming in today’s financial climate had little rewards and began investigating new ways of diversification, working with the environment to heal our land. This opened up new opportunities to provide ethically-grown produce marketed direct to the public. David's first venture was to grow clean and wholesome fish. After two years of research, including a trip to Israel to investigate the latest technology, a 30-tonne aquaculture recirculation system was built in 2011 on their Lilydale property to grow Australian native fish. With the aquaculture operation up and running successfully, it was now time to start the next phase of rejuvenating the paddocks, using the controlled movement of cattle, followed closely behind by poultry. It has been a long hard road battling droughts, floods, and disasters; however the fruits of the family’s perseverance are now showing.