Mayfield Farm is situated on the edge of the Dorrigo Plateau, at an elevation of 1150 metres, with mild to warm summers and cold, dry, frosty winters. Our livestock enterprises consist of free range pigs, pasture raised Angus cattle, free range laying hens, pasture raised lamb and working horses. All of our animals access pasture all day, every day, and roam freely within their paddock boundaries. Our pigs, cattle, hens, sheep and working horses are able to enjoy an outdoor life and practise their natural behaviours.
Our animals are grown without the use of hormone growth supplements and antibiotics, unless prescribed on veterinary advice. We have been certified by Humane Choice for quality assurance which confirms our commitment to the welfare of our animals and our environment. These standards are available at www.humanechoice.com.au. We transport our own stock to the abattoir and do all that we can to ensure that our animals pass humanely from our farm to your plate with little stress.
Currently, we use tractors for planting and harvesting our crops but our goal is to have a team of working horses who will undertake as much of the work as possible to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and lessen the impact of mechanisation on our land.
Our goal is to operate our free range farm and its integrated enterprises in an environmentally sustainable manner, using natural fertilisers, minerals and manures to increase the fertility and health of our soils, pastures, crops and livestock.
On our farm, grasses are mown and bailed for pig bedding, Lomandra is converted to compost and mulch and pastures are bailed for hay and winter feeding of our animals.
Livestock water is pumped from one of our dams to a 55,000 L storage tank on the highest point of our property and then gravity fed throughout the farm ensuring that all paddocks have an adequate supply of drinking water.