We are about to embark on a partnership, one that we hope will see both businesses provide the South Australian market with a home delivery option of fresh fruit & veg as well as fresh meat, Lamb & Beef maybe even pork should the demand be there.
With many producers feeling the flow on effects of the Governments poor & hasty decision on banning live exports. Before I get bombarded with the people from animal rights liberation, let me say this NO ONE (including farmers) condones animal cruelty and instead of banning this, why was there not a task force set up, sent in there for as long as it takes to educate and train? The government paid everyone in Australia a GFC bonus – imagine how much better the animal industry could have been with that sort of added bonus? something to ponder.
But what it did was cause cattle to starve to death in Australia, this is a fact and coupled with a drought in Queensland how are the farmers to manage? There is also nothing said of the flow on effect of associated companies i.e. shipping how they managed without a trade. That was 2011, cattle are still in Australia and the numbers still have not returned to the levels that they were, so when you go to buy meat in shopping centres do you ask yourself where it comes from? or does the ever escalating cost of living expenses have you thinking that cost is the biggest determining factor when you purchase?
It doesn’t matter what your answer is as I truly believe buying and eating meat is a good thing for yourself and family, it provides protein which helps with concentration (no sugar dips & rises) and helps you feel full longer. So now 2 years later primary producers in South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, Sydney basically everywhere are feeling the financial reduction caused by the ban on live export. This does not seem to worry the Government that producers are struggling coming into a Federal election neither party has addressed this issue.
For meat buyers in markets they are sitting on their hands, this means there is so much on offer, animals in poor condition are pitted against animals in excellent condition and the big company buyers are expecting to pay the same amount for both. We have not taken anything to market yet as we are well aware this practice goes on. It is made more difficult by the fact the abattoir have ‘grids’ and only those in the know, are aware of openings and push their products in first. There is that much cattle available due to the export ban that these grids fill within minutes – that is you or an agent rings and books the animal in, in the space of 3 calls this can close. There appears to be minimal governance around this practice and if you complain, it is made worse. Agents that you rely on to sell for you may be on the outer so you are at the mercy of others, this is what drives farmers to seek other markets. This issue is not addressed by the MLA (Meat & Livestock Association) nor any other association one needs to be subscribed to keep up with ‘trends’. In fact using google today there is nothing about these grids written they are that secret.
So where does a primary producer go when they know they will receive less than the cost of production by sending animals to the markets, they seek outside sources to sell their meat. For years now we have sold lamb direct, we have it cut to order and then I do home deliveries but as the business grows through word of mouth, it is becoming too difficult so one finds a partner to help with the grunt work.
Let me know how you would accept a home delivery (only South Australian based at the moment) that provides you with a NO FEE membership, you just go online line and register, then tell them where you want it delivered & then the delivery instructions i.e. don’t leave it on the ground near the dog, check the price list – no hidden extras ( put sometime aside for this their list is better than any supermarket) and click & order, does that sound easy to you? Check out www.firstfroots.com.au their fruit & produce is the best in South Australia, they just won’t deliver (yet) to Keith, I note today on their website if you order online they will give you delivery free for the first month, this is not a gimmick it is there for all ‘new’ members.
They have organic products, gluten-free products, fruit & veg, a skin care range, Dairy, Meat, ready-made meals, seasonal boxes, groceries everything you need without leaving your home and how nice would it be to arrive home from work & find a beautiful insulated box of product that you ordered ready and waiting to be put away?
We like that idea and we have eaten some of the fruit & veg’s, so that is why we are teaming up with them, we will even be offering a ‘special’ to you for purchasing direct from them. For us here at https://www.facebook.com/BullysBeef this will be providing a better service than we could at the same value for money pricing. For our regular buyers you will be receiving a note from me – the prices will stay to same and you will also be entitled to the ‘introductory special’. I welcome feedback to where Bullys Beef is moving so feel free to contact me, here or via text or direct email.