Bringing home bacon in the Burnett region
PROXIMITY to Brisbane markets, Swickers bacon factory and prime agricultural land and just some of the reasons pork producers from Ingham should make their home in the South Burnett.
Pork production firm Backfatters is packing up and moving to the Burnett, bringing jobs and entertainment with them, as well as their prized, prestigious pork.
However the owners are yet decide whether home will be in the North or South Burnett.
Julia Powell and Shane Muller have been running the successful free range heritage pig farm for almost seven years.
Their award-winning farm is renowned in the Ingham area, selling directly from the farm and putting on special events throughout the year.
But because of the high costs of running the farm so far away from an abattoir, the pair are moving to the South or North Burnett.
Mr Muller said the couple used to run the local abattoir themselves.
"Then the landlords put up the rent a fair amount and forced us to close our doors," he said.
"The only other one is within three hours of us."
He said the feed costs for the pigs were double than what they were in the Burnett region.
"There is a lot of like-minded people (in the South Burnett) growing free-range pigs and it's closer to the Brisbane market," he said.
The farm produces free-range, hormone-free heritage pigs, breeding large black pigs and berkshire pigs.
It is currently the only farm in Australia which farms large blacks.
"Berkshire is the wagyu of the pork world," Mr Muller said.
Mr Muller said he hoped to move the operation down south within the next four months.
"Winter will be more comfortable for the pigs," he said.
They hope to double the scale of their operation and employ local people on their farm.
"We are all about local community and supporting the locals and working with the council," he said.
Mr Muller said he had spoke to the North and South Burnett Regional Councils and said both were keen to get Backfatters to move to the region.
"It's just about finding the right place now," he said.
Backfatters currently hosts a Pig Day Out festival, long table events and sausage-making classes.
Mr Muller hopes to bring the events to wherever they move.