Our Meat is Currently Not Certified Organic at Point of Sale
Border Park Organics produces Certified Organic grain, beef, sheep and wool. The farm became certified organic in 1996 and continues to be certified organic with NASAA (NCO 5442).
All livestock sold via our website are 100% Certified Organic when they leave the farm. They are slaughtered, quartered and chilled by Loxton Abattoir and transported by refrigerated transport to Maidments Meat Service in Strathalbyn, South Australia, for butchering.
Because Maidments are not currently certified as an organic processor, our meat loses its official organic status at this point, and we are not permitted to label our meat as Certified Organic.
Please note the only change is that the new butcher is not certified organic.
All our animals are produced and slaughtered in the same way as before and are 100% Certified Organic until delivered as chilled quarters to Maidments Meat Services.
Although not ideal, this arrangement makes our relatively small production volumes viable, increases the volume of animals we can have processed and also allows us to process our meat closer to our main market.
It is our endeavour to again sell our meat as Certified Organic when we can find a way to make it happen.
In Australia, to sell organic produce as Certified Organic, all production inputs, processing methods and handling procedures from the farm gate through to point of sale must comply with the Australian Standard for organic production.
The Standard stipulates what inputs are allowed for optimal soil and animal health, methods for reducing stress when handling, transporting and slaughtering animals and how contamination with non-organically produced meat can be avoided during butchering. (See our post here for more specifics).
Due to the inherent hygiene standards required, we see the butchering process as a low contamination risk and are confident that our arrangement with Maidment’s Meat Service will ensure you continue to receive and enjoy our organic meat.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.