About Us

Farmer Jo and Husband Andrew are a wife and husband team that started Happy Valley Free Range in 2011 in Wandin North in the Yarra Valley. Along with Son Jesse, they run and manage all aspects of the business, including all the breeding and raising of pigs, abattoir runs, marketing, farmers market, deliveries and PR.

Farmer Jo has managed horses and cows for many years and understands the importance of paddock rotations, manure management and vegetation cover to farm land in a sustainable way.

So how did the switch to pig farming occur?

Well, Farmer Jo got an email from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IAWS) in 2009 about the  sow stalls and it horrified her. How could farmers be so cruel to pigs? After some research on breeding and raising pigs free range, she decided that Autumn Farm and its team should start a small free range pig business.

So off to NSW Husband Andrew and Farmer Jo tootled twice to do their free range pig courses with Australian Pig Farmer and Lee McCosker. They proudly achieved their Certificate In Free Range Pig Management and Handling and got a very sound understanding of how to manage pigs free range.

Australian Pig Farmer is certified with Humane Choice, who are the leaders in pushing for sensible free range farming rules and practices for all animals.  Lee is a fantastic spokesperson for free range farming and gives intelligent, honest and unbiased advice. Farmer Jo has appreciated her support as there are very few free range pig farmers around Melbourne to turn to for advice!

We have since upgraded our farm to a much more substantial size in Gippsland in 2016, such was the passion to pursue farming in such a natural way. Whilst we still have our wonderful original boar "Chipper" with his 'refined' older girls, we also have two younger boars, a show stopper stud fellow by the name of "Jolly" and a cute and friendly Wessex Saddleback fellow by the name of "Arnold"!! 

Our breeding girls have gotten a bit long around the tooth, and we are slowly adding to them with some younger and more fertile gilts. Having the extra boars now, we can choose some of Chippers excellent progeny to cross with the eager young boars and look forward to Happy Valley having wonderful stock coming thru in 2018. 

Farmer Jo is pretty serious about providing the best pork she can to consumers and to provide as many options to buy it. Happy Valley Free Range sell at various farmers markets around Melbourne and have a home delivery service as well.