Miniature horses with owner Cheryl Potter at home in Agnes Water. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer
Miniature horses with owner Cheryl Potter at home in Agnes Water. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer Brenda Strong GLA150312HORS

Last day of business for trailblazing Gympie enterprise

AWARD-winning business Rhodavale Pork has today said farewell to their final pig and shut the doors on a decade of work.

Owners Melinda and Brad Murnane announced the news on social media yesterday in a post celebrating their efforts to make the Lower Wonga farm a huge success.

"We have had a blast over the past 10 years," the post said.

"We have been trail blazers and trend setters.

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"We set the standard high & gave this industry our absolute all.

"Thanks for coming along for the ride with us.

 

Melinda, Dillon, Travis, Brad and Riley Murnane in 2014.
Melinda, Dillon, Travis, Brad and Riley Murnane in 2014. PATRICK WOODS PH 0407762656

"We will always be grateful for your incredible support"

The farm's achievements include winning a spot in the the state's delicious. From the Paddock category last year, being a state finalists in the Delicious Produce Awards in 2015, and helping feed the G20 summit in 2014.

The Murnanes announced they were closing the farm in March.

 

Melinda and Brad Murnane.
Melinda and Brad Murnane. Renee Albrecht

Mrs Murnane said the "gut wrenching decision" was driven by soaring grain prices and the pork pricing crisis.

"It takes good business sense to know when to cut your losses before running yourself to the wall. It also takes courage to make that call on your own terms, rather than being forced to by a bank."

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