NEW VENTURE: Jason Stephenson at his Boston Bay Smallgoods Company farm. Picture: Amanda Davenport, Flavours of South Australia.AYEARafter he madethe movefrom building to pig farming, Jason Stephenson’s pork products are in high demand by chefs at restaurants from Adelaide to Sydney.
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After 23 years in the building trade, Mr Stephenson launched apig farming and smallgoods business, farming at Boston Bay until it outgrew the property.

The familyhassince boughtmore than 1000 hectares at Rudallfor therare Berkshire and Tamworth pigs to roam free.

“A friend of mine in Coffin Bay was running a few pigs and I went over there with my family and we all had a genuinely happy time.

“It seemed the right time for a change in our lifestyle.”

He keeps 130 breeding sows and about 500 other pigs from birthto market ready and numbers will increase as demand grows.

The animalsgrazeon native vegetation and about half the property has been planted with wheat and barley for additional feed.

Mr Stephenson said he chose Berkshire and Tamworth pigs because they were known for the exceptional quality of their meat, which was in strong demand by chefs and gourmet meat suppliers.

“The fact that I’m breeding Berkshire and Tamworth pigs is a big selling point and I really want to be an ambassador for the breeds,” he said.

The animals are butchered in Port Lincoln and the smallgoods processed in Adelaide, with production running at about one tonne a week.

The early success of Boston Bay Smallgoods has been recognised byBrand South Australia and is in the running to be showcased at the Eyre Peninsula Regional Awards dinner later this year.

At the moment Mr Stephenson is still operating his construction businessJ & L Stephenson Building Contractors, but hopes to be farming full-time within 18 months once he has finished some major projects.

A farm manager is looking after the pigs in the meantime.

He said the transition from building to pig farming was not proving too hard.

“Running pigs is common sense to a point,” he said.

“It’s not rocket science and the internet is a wonderful thing.”

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