Read through the answers to these frequently asked questions to find out more about certified organic farming, organic meat standards, our network of Certified Organic Australian farmers, our product range and much more.
WHAT IS CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMING?
According to Australia Organic (the peak body for the Australian Organic industry), organic farming means farming in a way which cares for the environment, without relying upon synthetic chemicals and other unnatural interventionist approaches. All our certified organic beef and lamb is raised free range on organic pasture from start to finish.
DOES CERTIFIED ORGANIC ALSO MEAN FREE RANGE?
Yes – always. A common misconception is that organic does not necessarily mean free range. The Australian Certified Organic standard requires livestock to be free range as part of the organic certification standard.
WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS FOR CERTIFIED ORGANIC MEAT?
You and your family can enjoy Cleaver’s products knowing they are Certified Organic. That means our meat is sourced from animals that are:
- raised on free range farms that are audited annually to make sure they comply with organic standards
- weaned using stress-free methods
- fed on organic pastures and supplements
- not exposed to synthetic pesticides or herbicides
- never administered antibiotics
- never administered growth hormones.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC GRASS FED MEAT?
The first health benefit is that there is nothing in the meat that you didn’t anticipate being there. Certified organic grass fed meat has
- No synthetic chemical residues
- No GMOs
- No added hormones
- No antibiotics
The second is that the nutrients are better for you. According to The Mayo Clinic, when compared to other types of beef, organic grass fed beef may have:
- more heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids
- less total fat
- more antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E
- more conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks.
ARE CLEAVER’S PRODUCTS HALAL?
No. Cleaver’s organic and free range products are not certified halal.
HOW DO I KNOW CLEAVER’S MEAT IS ORGANIC?
Look for the Australian Organic bud logo. All our Certified Organic beef, lamb and chicken products carry the Australian Certified Organic bud logo. This tells you that our product has been approved by Australia’s leading organic certification body. To comply with these standards, all our animals have verified lifetime organic traceability. Read more about ACO certification.
HOW DO I KNOW CLEAVER’S MEAT IS FREE RANGE?
A free range environment is a mandatory requirement of the Australian organic standard for all livestock. All Cleaver’s meat products are raised entirely in a free range environment.
WHAT DO THE ANIMALS EAT?
Our cattle and sheep are all grass fed from start to finish, with access to sunlight and fresh clean water. You can read more about Cleaver’s Grass Fed Beef Standards here.
WHERE ARE YOUR FARMS IN AUSTRALIA?
We source our organic meat from livestock raised on organic farms predominantly in New South Wales and Queensland. You can read more about some of our farms here.
IS YOUR PACKAGING RECYCLABLE?
Yes. Our rigid plastic trays and cardboard sleeves can be recycled in your yellow recycle bin. We encourage our customers to please recycle wherever possible.
WHERE CAN I BUY CLEAVER’S PRODUCTS?
Cleaver’s Organic Meat is available at many Coles stores, Woolworths and independent retailers. Visit our stockists page for a full list of current stockists.
New! Organic Beef Lasanga
Finally an organic meal made with real ingredients. Available now at selected Woolworths, Coles and independent supermarkets nationally.