Fine Family Butchers
About Meat on Maitland
Award Winning Meats
The Meat on Maitland team are a family operated butchery with two stores: Bingara and Narrabri in North West NSW. We have been in operation for 30 years, and pride ourselves on the quality of our fresh, locally sourced meat and our customer service.
Our team are award winners – most recently in the Australian Meat Industry Council’s NSW regional Sausage King and Smallgoods competitions, where we won gold with our traditional beef and pork sausages and boneless leg ham. We also won silver in the bacon section, and will go on to compete in the NSW state finals in September.
Horton Valley Pork
The McDouall family began farming the Horton Valley in 1848 when they drove a mob of shorthorn cattle from Singleton to a property called “Ulumbarella” near Upper Horton. Those shorthorn bloodlines still exist today.
In 1970 we started breeding pigs in a small free-range setup and later due to climatic restraints we built sheds to house the pigs. By 1990 we had grown to 150 sows and were suppling Melosi Small Goods and operating in a 35-producer group called the Delungra Pig Producers. Thanks to the flood of subsidised imported pork producer numbers began to dwindle by the mid 1990’s. Today there are only 2 of us left from that group.
Currently we have 200 sows and supply Bangalow Sweet Pork at Ballina and 8 butchers scattered throughout the north under the Horton Valley Premium Pork brand. It is our aim to supply our butchers with a product that is nutritious and delicious and to grow pigs in an environmentally sustainable manner. We are gestation stall free and grow our pigs out in straw based eco shelters.
We use biological farming techniques to grow our own grains and pulses, which are milled on farm for the piggery. This gives our pork a high nutrient status and it is the ingredients in the final rations before market that give us the premium product and the marketing edge and most importantly the point of difference for our butchers. We have learnt over the years that what enhances the flavour of pork and what detracts from it. At the moment we are trialling macadamia nuts in the ration which we believe increases the juiciness and tenderness of the meat. However, you will be the judges!!!
We eagerly await feedback.
We hope you enjoy your Horton Valley Premium Pork today.
We are so pleased to be one of the local suppliers of meat to Meat on Maitland.
Cheers from Baden, Jen, Daniel & Will McDouall
We take a great deal of pride in the honey we produce. The flavours vary over the seasons and even the years, we all have our favourites.
Jim & Gillian
This is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy our grassfed product. We have 300 plus breeders after the drought and increasing, producing bulls, females and show cattle with success.
Here in the Horton Valley we enjoy a good balance of summer and winter rains which aids in producing good young grass fed beef on native and improved pastures such as oats and forage sorghums without grain.