About Mallow Organic Farm
Mallow Organic Lamb is produced near Stanthorpe in southern Queensland’s Granite Belt district.
Mallow Lamb is noted for it's tenderness and flavour as well as being free of chemicals.
Farming practices on Mallow follow biological farming principles where emphasis is on excellent soil health and nutrient value to maximize plant health for pasture fed lamb. This in turn produces meat that is nutrient dense.
We have developed an integrity checklist to evidence our belief and commitment to the whole food chain.
Certified organic -ACO Australian Certified Organic Producer 10820A registered under AS & HA Ferrier (March 2019 due to severe drought conditions, fresh lamb product not currently certified organic, however frozen certified organic lamb still available. Mallow Farm as a whole remains certified organic.)
ACO also audit Animal Welfare, Environmental & Biodiversity criteria.
Managed areas for biodiversity (20% of the farm)
o Riparian zones
o Wildlife corridors
o Remnant vegetation areas
Ample clean water for animals and crop
Ample shade and protection from the weather and predators
The Soil and the Farming
Native grasses and other vegetation over 60% of area
Soft natural organic fertiliser used on the farmed areas
Biological farming principles used (emphases on microbial life in the soil)
Rotation of crops – legumes included in all rotations
No use of herbicides or pesticides
Animal husbandry & welfare
Managed and certified organically
No use of prohibited chemicals
No use of hormones
Majority of lambs bred by the owners
Ewes run and lambed on native pasture – supplemented with mineral licks
Lambs marked with elasticator rings – no knife, no mulesing, minimum stress
Lambs graze on native pasture until weaning
Lambs weaned and fattened on irrigated pasture
No grain feeding except during drought
No lot feeding
Free range pasture grazing
Ample clean water and shelter
Handled often to become accustomed to humans, working dogs, yards and vehicles. (less stress for animals, less stress hormones in the meat)
Regional, quality assured and well regarded abattoir and butcher contracted to process lambs under our Organic Certification
Close proximity means less stress for lambs
Local – less food miles
Approximately 40% sold locally – less food miles
On the menu of a number of local restaurants – local produce promoting local industries and vice-versa
No preservatives used