We’ve a passion what we do, we love, respect & appreciate our animals and you will to love our produce. Our animals are raised in the most ethical way. We pride ourselves on this. Taranaki farm is a mixed farming enterprise producing the following seasonally. (For information on food sales, click here).
Pastured Beef (…like a wild herd of bison)
Our herd of cattle is managed in a way that’s closest to natural as possible. We move our cows each day to fresh pasture employing hi-tech lightweight electric fencing and portable water infrastructure. This mimics natural herbivore behaviour in the wild producing a wonderfully rich and diverse perennial pasture that nourishes our animals. Diversity stimulates rich nutrient exchange in the soil meaning the animals benefit from all the natural nutrients they require and the benefits are passed onto you. And because they are moved so frequently and the pastures are rested sufficiently they are naturally parasite free which means no harmful chemicals. This is simply the best beef that you can buy for your family, knowing that it’s safe and healthy.
Pastured Eggs (…a hen’s life of real freedom)
Our laying hen system is a sight to behold! In keeping with our natural bio-mimical beef enterprise, our laying hens mimic that natural behaviour of birds in the wild. We house them safe at night in mobile eggmobiles which are moved frequently to keep these hens working behind the cattle in their normal rotation. When the chickens are released during the day they delight in having open, fresh pasture and all the vigorous insect activity stimulated by the cows recent passing. A veritable smorgasboard of nutrients is available to these vigorous forragers who happily scratch and peck they way around a genuine free range environment. In fact, once you see our hens you’ll appreciate the industry phase free-range is woefully inadequate because this eggmobile system is so far beyond anything else…
Pastured Meat Chickens (…chicken does NOT taste like everything)
Do you remember what chicken used to taste like? Maybe, or perhaps you’ve never tasted real chicken before! Words can’t describe the difference between industrially produced ‘chicken’ (organically fed or otherwise) and real pastured raised chicken – there is just no comparison. When you taste one of our chickens you’ll realise that what the ‘duopoly’ have been offering isn’t chicken at all. Don’t be duped. Our birds are raised in specially constructed movable pens which give them access to fresh pasture everyday. The pens are moved everyday. All the wonderful benefits of a life on pasture translate into the tastiest, healthiest chicken to feed your family.
Beyond Free-Ranging Pigs (…the way pigs should be raised – period!)
There is something wonderful about pigs, and we love our pigs! From the moment they arrive on the farm our pigs enjoy a life scarily dreamed of by any industrially raised pig – the truth is if you understood how pigs are raised industrially, you’d never eat pork again. Fortunately we do it differently – radically differently. At Taranaki Farm we believe in allowing our animals to express their uniqueness. That means our pigs are encourage to be pigs – and that means ploughing! We employ them all over the farm to assist in either making compost (pigaeator pork!), tilling areas for gardening, forest regeneration and so farm. They are so useful for healing the land and we’re passionate about allowing them to be pigs. Any of course this life of continual enjoyment and satisfaction translates into pork that is beyond organic and nutritious. Know that your food wasn’t only raised ethically – that it was raise with love and joy! Meet a Taranaki farm pig and you’ll know what we’re talking about…