Borrowdale ‘Free Range Pork’ wins top award

Posted by Jack Cain on 4th June 2018

Gooralie Farm at Goondiwindi supplies leading organic meat company Arcadian’s free-range pork brand Borrowdale, which has just taken out the Australian Pork Limited’s prestigious Steak Your Claim competition.

Run by Mark and Charisse Ladner, Gooralie runs 1000 Large White Landrace cross sows, turning off all-in all-out at 22 weeks to Borrowdale specifications. They also do a whole carcase to butcher trade under their own Gooralie brand.

Gooralie is the longest-standing RSPCA-approved pork producer in Australia and an Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance certified free range farm.

The annual competition, run by industry peak body Australian Pork Limited, aimed to discover the nation’s best pork steak.

For the first time, all three winning steaks came from Large White Landrace crosses.

Borrowdale said in a statement the pork loin steaks were expertly assessed in ‘blind’ judging according to very specific criteria.

The winner was judged on colour, visual appeal, marbling of the raw product, aroma, flavour, juiciness and texture.

“The fact that Borrowdale Pork won the 2018 ‘Steak Your Claim’ competition proves the effectiveness of using the highest standards of ethical production. The result is the superior flavour and tenderness of pork that is all perfectly natural,” said Paul da Silva, marketing manager, Borrowdale Free Range Pork.

Second place went to Westpork, Western Australia, while NSW’s St Bernard’s Free-Range Pork was third.

Westpork produces more than 35 per cent of WA’s pigs, with 14,000 sows spread across 10 company farms and five contract growers.

St. Bernard’s was named after the original farmhouse, which still stands proudly on one of the main properties today. Farmed in the Riverina and the Northern Grampians.