Full time mum with a part time job as Co-ordinator of the Organic & Biodynamic Meats Co-operative WA. When I was at school we used to call the ones who were the “bossy boots” and organised and controlled everything the “Co-ordinators”. As Co-ordinator of the Organic & Biodynamic Meats Co-op I co-ordinate livestock and orders. I make arrangements for the livestock to be delivered to the abattoir to meet the requirements of the customers. I manage all marketing matters on both ends, looking for new customers and new producers to join the coop. I am continuously in contact with our growers and ensure that their certification is always up to date. Coop Established in 2007 by a group of certified organic or biodynamic farmers. Their aim is to supply the WA market with a healthy organic meat, ensuring that the integrity of organic certification is kept upright from paddock to plate.
Pesticides When I was pregnant for our first child I decided that I will not feed my baby any already made products and got a fantastic book called “Super Baby Food” (by Ruth Yaron). I got my babies through without formula or any already made baby food. One thing I will never forget reading in the book was “Pesticides kill living things”
Antibiotics are used to treat specific sick animals. In organic it is used as a last resort to save the animal and that animal cannot be subsequently sold into the organic system.
Conjugated linoleic acids or CLAs are a naturally occurring fatty acids found in meats, meat products and dairy products. CLAs have been implicated in the prevention of atherosclerosis, different types of cancer, hypertension and also for the improvement of immune function 2 .
The WA climate makes it extremely difficult to finish off animals out of season. Some of our growers feed their animals a limited amount of supplement feed to finish them off out of season, others use irrigation systems. Numbers of animals coming through this way are very limited as the costs are muc
Lime (calcium carbonate) and gypsum (calcium sulphate), bentonite, sodium bicarbonate and dicalcium phospahate are added to a naturally balanced formula.
Dedication – to produce a safe and healthy product without exploiting resources Knowledge – knowing all the dos and don'ts, being fully educated Practice – practising a sustainable farming system Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources. I can imagine that in the future there will be combination of the farming system – they are tools to reach the same goal
www.organicmeats.com.auBrief IntroductionNorlene LüringCo-ordinator for the Organic & Biodynamic Meats WACo-operative Ltd
www.organicmeats.com.auPresentationOrganic and Biodynamic FarmingGrass FedOrganic or BiodynamicAnimal welfarePrice
www.organicmeats.com.auFree RangeGrass FedNaturally-grown meat high in nutritional value,rich in Iron, Omega 3 and Vitamin EFed on natural pastures grown without the useof pesticides or herbicidesHigh animal welfareOrganic and Biodynamic(BD) Farming
www.organicmeats.com.auNo application of artificial fertilizers or chemicalsGrown without the use of reproductive or growthhormonesNo veterinary pharmaceuticalsNo antibiotics usedOrganic and Biodynamic(BD) Farming
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www.organicmeats.com.auGrass FedBcarotene: grass fed beef contains significantly higher amounts of the fat soluble antioxidant B-carotene.Vitamin E: The powerful antioxidant Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) found in grass fed beef can be in levels 3 times that of grain fed beef.Omega 3: fatty acids: It has been shown that cattle fed primarily grass enhanced the omega 3 content of beef by 60% and also produces a more favorable omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.Better for YOUR healthConjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Cattle fed green pasture have been shown to produce 2 to 3 times more CLA than those confined to a feed lot environment.
www.organicmeats.com.auGrass Fed• Organic or BD grazing animals must always have access to grass and be able to graze naturally• Some producers feed a limited amount of supplement of organic or BD pellets (less than 10% of daily intake if at all)• Main feed grass, hay and silageOut of Season
www.organicmeats.com.auOut of season supplementFeedMixture of certified organic or BD cereal grains and natural minerals Cereal grains vary with the season and may contain: Natural Minerals: salt,lime, gypsum, bentonite,sodium bicarbonate anddicalcium phospahate Certified organic or BD oats, barley, wheat bran and wheat germOrganic / BD Pellets NO feed lots GM NOT permitted
www.organicmeats.com.auOrganic or BiodynamicHow Organic differs from Biodynamic• Organic and biodynamic are very similar• Both are grown without chemicals and GMOswith high animal welfare ethics and sustainablefarming systems• Very different farming techniques• Biodynamic farming is a holistic practice whereall things are considered living inter-relatedsystems - animals, plants and the solar system.• Organic farming is a form of agriculture thatrelies on techniques such as pasture rotation,green manure, compost and biological pestcontrol.
www.organicmeats.com.auAnimal Welfare• All our cattle is MSA graded and our producers aim to complywith MSA and achieve a great product and quality eatingexperience for the consumer• Mistreated animals are less productive• Maltreatment to the animals will result in them not grading andthe animals can only be sold at a reduced price, if at all• Animal welfare is highest priority to our producers• Unethical treatment towards animals is not beneficial to theproducer• Grading system to guarantee product quality:MSA – Meat Standards Australia
www.organicmeats.com.auPriceOrganic / BD costs more• Less supply than demand• Limited stock numbers due to limited amount of natural feed –naturally grown pastures without the use of chemical or syntheticfertilizer to push the feed growth• To comply with certifying standards, abattoirs and processors also haveto be certified organic or BD resulting in higher kill and processing fees• Cost of organic or BD farming reflects the true costs of sustainablefarming systems• Consumers are currently paying a lower percentage of their incomeon food than ever in history, and farmers are going broke at a greaterrate then ever
www.organicmeats.com.auFree RangeGrass FedNaturally-grown meat high innutritional value, rich in Iron, Omega 3and Vitamin EFed on natural pastures grown without the useof pesticides or herbicidesHigh animal welfarewww.organicmeats.com.au Naturally Best