MAKIN' BACON: Shane Muller and Julia Powell are bringing their free-range piggery Backfatters to the North Burnett.
MAKIN' BACON: Shane Muller and Julia Powell are bringing their free-range piggery Backfatters to the North Burnett. Contributed

Bacon comes to the Burnett

PORK production firm Backfatters is moving from Ingham in Far North Queensland to the North Burnett town of Degilbo.

Julia Powell, co-owner of the free-range piggery, said the town, near Biggenden, offered new opportunities for the company.

"It's really close to an abattoir, the land is fantastic for what we're using it for, the people are really friendly and we can get all of our produce to Brisbane really easily at a really good price," Ms Powell said.

"All those things are really good for us.

"We used to do it all, from the smoking, to butchering.

"Down there we are close to so many amenities that we can use and it makes our life a lot easier."

Ms Powell and her partner Shane Muller were in the process of packing up the award-winning farm and moving it 1160km south.

"We're bringing all the pigs, all the dogs, goats, chickens - it's all coming down," she said.

"It is a massive journey.

"We have to train animals to do what we want them to do instead of what they want to do, which is hang out in the paddocks. That's the trickiest part."

Ms Powell said there were a number of things that made Backfatters free-range pigs different to normal pork.

"What makes our pigs different is the breed," she said.

"We have two of the rarest pig breeds in Australia.

"We have spent years working out the feed and the fat content, so we get a really good flavour.

"That makes our pork taste super, super delicious."

Ms Powell said she was excited to join the food movement that was occurring in the region.

"We're loving the food over there," she said.

"To go to a place which has a food movement and is so welcoming is exciting. It's exciting to see what other people are doing.

"We always get a buzz out of meeting new people and seeing what they're doing."

Ms Powell said they hoped to have the farm running by the end of September, but farm tours would not start for at least six months.

"Got a bit of setting up to do," she said.

"For the first six months we'll be building our market."



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