FARMING NATURALLY: Dean and Kate Mayne on their property Piggy in the Middle at Kilkivan.
FARMING NATURALLY: Dean and Kate Mayne on their property Piggy in the Middle at Kilkivan. Renee Albrecht

Kilkivan business recognised for their innovative approach

A KILKIVAN business has been nominated in the Community Achievements Awards for its innovative approach to holistic grazing methods.

Piggy in the Middle, where pigs, sheep and chickens happily coexist, was recently nominated for the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award to be announced on November 30.

Cousins Dean and Mason Mayne and their wives Kate and Krystal set up Piggy in the Middle on their 105ha property as a way of offering chemical-free and pasture-raised food for their customers.

 

Kilkivan property Piggy in the Middle owner Dean Mayne.
Kilkivan property Piggy in the Middle owner Dean Mayne. Renee Albrecht

Allergies in the family prompted Dean and Kate to look into the foods they were providing for their family.

Dean said he was proud of delivering a high quality product to their customers.

"We are extremely proud of our amazing natural flavoured lamb, pork, poultry and eggs," he said.

"We're all honoured to be nominated in the awards."

As well as providing high quality food for their clients, Piggy in the Middle is educating students to eat healthy.

Kilkivan property Piggy in the Middle owner Dean Mayne.
Kilkivan property Piggy in the Middle owner Dean Mayne. Renee Albrecht

"We do a fair bit for the community," he said.

"We have a year 10 intern from Kilkivan State School - he comes out once a week and is learning about farming, fencing, moving pigs, rejuvenating the land and butchering.

The Mayne family recently launched community-supported agriculture - a concept aimed at improving the relationship between farmer and customer.

"We have more than 80 families signed up to the program," Dean said. "We're hoping to introduce meat boxes and deliver them to our customers."

"Our goal would be to feed 200 families one day."

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