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​Australian Pork Limited’s Award for Best Traditional Ham in NSW goes to The Free Range Butcher

17th Nov 2017

Christmas Ham Season was officially launched in Sydney today and included the announcement of the Australian PorkMark Ham Award winners. In a significant win for small producers, Northern Beaches based business, The Free Range Butcher, was awarded “Best Traditional Ham in NSW” by the pork industry’s peak body, Australian Pork Limited (APL).

Accepting the award was business owner, and northern beaches local, Ben Clinch: “We’re really pleased to receive this recognition for our quality, free range, pasture fed hams. Compared to most, we’re a small producer so it’s a win for the little guy as well!”

Ben went on to say, “Our hams have been winning favour with our customers since we first started producing them and selling them at the farmers markets and online. Eight years later, we’re proud to be the only business in NSW that produces the pork (on our own farm in north west NSW), hand mixes the cure from an in-house recipe, then cures, smokes and cooks the ham. I believe this level of quality control is a big reason why we’re able to produce an excellent product year after year.”

Many consumers are unaware that more than two thirds of ham sold in Australia is made from imported pork from Asia, Denmark and Canada. Importantly the PorkMark Ham Awards recognise the best hams made from 100% Australian pork.

The Free Range Butcher team are taking orders now for their award winning Ham products. Ben advises customers to place their order early as they have sold out of hams every year so far. Ben laughs as he says: “As the old saying goes ‘Early Bird Catches the Best Ham in NSW’”.

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About The Free Range Butcher

The Free Range Butcher specialises in Grass Fed, 28 day Dry Aged Beef and Lamb, Pasture Fed Free Range Pork, and Free Range Poultry. Supplied from our own farm and other farmers we know, all our meat is hormone and antibiotic free. Our farm is located 90km north of Tamworth in the North West of New South Wales. Surrounding the district and our family farm are the Nandewar mountain ranges. It is perfect country for raising free range produce, with an average rainfall over 1000mm, and no large scale cropping programs in our area. With two generations of farming knowledge behind us, we began formally selling our products in 2008. Our mission then, as it is now, was to produce products which were Ethical, Sustainable and Traceable. As of 2017, we offer a weekly home delivery service and operate at over 20 farmers markets every month.

Further enquiries, please contact:

Alison Clinch

Marketing Director

Phone: 0414 252 972 | Email: