Woody's Free Range Farm was born in 2013 by its founder Daniel Todd. Daniel originally hails from Peterborough, UK. He moved to Australia in 2005 and then onto to New Zealand in 2013. After 17 years working for a Consumer Electronics company Daniel developed a curiosity for pig farming, and in particular the need to promote ethical free range farming pigs. And so the journey began.
Together with his wife Claire and dog Woody (the farm's namesake), neither of whom have any farming experience, Daniel moved to an 80 acre farm in Manakau, just south of Levin, and began raising Large Black and Berkshire pigs.
The picturesque property is situated at the foothills of the Tararua ranges, against a backdrop of pine forest, with the Waikawa stream running through it.
By 2016, idyllic or not, the farm was not making any money and Woody's Farm was close to shutting its doors. Daniel realised that he simply could not grow enough pigs to create a level of turnover that for paid for their costs. As with all businesses in this predicament they had two choices, close or invest.
At the same time their old friends from the other side of the Tararua's, Longbush Pork, had secured investment to grow their farm. But with their focus clearly on the farm they didn't have the outlet for their heritage breed Pork. It's seemed only natural that with Daniel's background in marketing they could join forces and continue their joint our goal of promoting and supporting the ethical raising of pigs for true free range pork.
In 2017 Woodys Free Range invested in a purpose built butchery and factory in nearby Levin. One year on Woody's is now a smaller farm, of less than 100 pigs, and Longbush providing the majority of pork by running between 600 and 700 pigs at any one time.
The butchery is processing over 1 ton of pork a week, supplying large cuts to top restaurants around the country, selling sausage and bacon in Moore Wilson (Wellington) and Farro Fresh (Auckland) and still providing a full range of meats, small goods and charcuterie via our website www.woodysfarm.co.nz.
Five years ago they set themselves the goal of providing an ethical alternative for NZ consumers with 100% provenance of their meat. Its taken a lot of sweat, some tears, two concussions and a massive amount of money to get this far. We work hard, mostly seven days a week, but we do it because no one should be eating meat from battery caged animals and if we can help to spread that message we have achieved our goal. Remember, if a restaurant, cafe, supermarket or butchery cannot tell you the farm their pork is from then it IS NOT free range.
Thanks everyone for supporting us and ethical farming.