All animals are free ranged on pasture with minimal supplements. Feed supplements are certified organic and mineral supplements are natural.
We do not use synthetic fertilisers or chemicals on our farm.
Our current meat animals include a range of Angus cross Santa Gertrudis and Charolais cross Santa Gertrudis females and their offspring. Our sheep are Dorper cross and our Pigs Large White cross.
Our produce includes:
- Chicken Eggs
- Pekin Duck and Duck Eggs
- Turkeys Seasonally
Not all of this produce is available for sale. Check out our Buying Produce page for more information on availability.
What is a Full v’s Half order?
When our finished animals are butchered, the hide, head, hooves, and tail are removed along with the stomach and intestines. What is left is the meat or carcass. The carcass is the split laterally down the backbone to produce matching sides which is a half order of beef, lamb or pork.
What is the smallest order available?
The weight of a side is not known until it actually hangs on the rail. The typical range of a beef side is from 50-60kg, a pork side 20-30kg and a lamb side 15-20. You can also split a side with a friend and this is known as the quarter order.
How much of each cut will I receive?
Each animal is broken down into primal cuts. Each of the primal cuts can be cut into sub-primal divisions then becoming what we commonly know as steaks and roasts, etc. The amount of each type of cuts depends upon the size of the animal.
How much freezer space will I need?
It takes approximately 1 cubic metre of freezer space to store a side (50-60kg of meat) of beef ( about 50cm x 50cm x 50cm Space).
How long will the meat keep in the freezer?
A general rule of thumb is 6-8 months for freezer bag wrapped meat and 10-12 months for vacuum packed.
How long will a full order last my family?
This depends on the daily meatconsumption of the family. Most of our customers have at least one child and usually run out of meat a month or two before it is available again. If two families split a side of beef for example (each gets a 1/4 beef), it usually lasts about 6 months. Based on the average take home weight of a side of beef (50-60kg)your family would need to consume at least 1kg of meat per week in order to consume a beef side in one year. So, think, how much e.g. 500g, 1kg or 2kg of meat do you consume each week?
Were these animals “Free Range”?
Yes, our animals (cattle, sheep, pigs) are always on pasture and we give them fresh pasture regularly. Our animals are not supplemented with grain or fed in a controlled or feed-lot situation (unless they need extra feed during drought). They are free to roam within each paddock with fresh water and shade available at all times.
What makes us different is taste and quality?
Pastured, grass fed, free range, natural, sustainable… these are the way animals are naturally treated. Do not be fooled by the ‘grain fed’ is best, feeding animals grain means putting them in a feedlot situation and they are no longer in a natural environment eating the grasses and legumes of their choice.
What does this cost?
The cost is determined by the weight of the animal. Caroola Farm will deliver the live animals to the abattoir where they is processed and the carcass weight is determined after it is ‘dressed’. The weight of your meat will be determined by the processor. The amount owed to Caroola Farm is the hanging weight times the price per kg.
How do I Pay?
You will need to pay a deposit of $100 when ordering the meat. The balance is payable prior to or on collection (depending on your chosen delivery method). Caroola Farm will invoice you for the meat as soon as the weight is known.
We process meat approximately 4 times a year for delivery with pre-determined delivery dates, so that you know when you can expect your order. Delivery is free in the Canberra Region. Want to stay informed, register for our newsletter and we’ll let you know when the next opportunity to order our beef, lamb or pok is coming up.