Are conscientious, thoughtful and appreciate quality. They share a respect for animals and for their own health. Therefore we treat them with the special treatment they deserve, complete with excellent customer service which includes sharing advice and recipes, cutting the meat the way the customer likes, and taking bags to the car. We strive for transparency and integrity.
In Australia more than 300 chemical additives are approved for use in the production of our food. Many conventional farms inject their animals, not only with antibiotics but chemical-based solutions aimed to encourage weight gain and extend the shelf life of the meat. These changes in managing lifestock are not driven by concern for human and animal welfare, but to increase yield and allow for longer time from farm to fridge.
The use of antibiotics sounds innocent enough, as animals get sick too, but for many years farmers have been injecting small doses of antibiotics into their stock to prevent illness outbreaks. These outbreaks most often occur in overloaded mass production farming where animals are kept in very tight confined spaces which makes for the perfect bacteria breeding ground.
Antibiotics are also used to promote the growth of the animal making for quicker turnaround times. Hormone usage in meat is not illegal and are used to see animals gain weight quicker than they naturally would so farmers can grow more animals at quicker speeds to ultimately make more money.
Interestingly most hormones for lifestock have been banned in Europe since 1989.
The use of chemicals and hormones on animals leads back the notion of animal welfare. If animals were raised in high animal welfare conditions like those which are common practice in organic practices, there would be no need to inject the animals with hormones, unnecessary antibiotics and chemicals.
The life of an animal in organic farming is completely different. They are not subjected to doses of medications and chemicals from the day they are born, and instead grow up eating organic feed in open pastures where they build naturally strong immune systems. Organic meats are also less likely to contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria, as the animals have never been subjected to that chemical. It also means less chemicals passed on humans, which is less of a strain on our immune systems.
Sunshine Coast Organic Meats has been stocking and delivering the highest quality organic meats on the Sunshine Coast for more than 25 years.
We source whole, pasture-raised livestock directly from just a handful of certified organic and free-range Queensland farms. Our farmers are committed to the health and wellbeing of the animals, soil and plants. No chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, growth promotants, GMO’s or antibiotics are used at any time.
Our specialist butchery has an excellent reputation for quality and variety, with a loyal local and distant customer base. We stock organic and free-range lamb, beef, veal and chickens as well as free-range pork. We smoke our own ham and bacon on our premises, and prepare a large range of other small goods.