Meat retailer Farmison & Co and Anna’s Happy Trotters launch Save Our Bacon partnership

Farmison & Co, the sustainable online meat retailer, has teamed up with free range pig farmer Anna Longthorp to tackle the supply chain crisis facing British pig farmers.  

By offering two free-range ‘half-pig’ boxes direct to consumer they plan to ease bottlenecks in the system caused by industry staff shortages in abattoirs.  

The goal is to prevent food waste and the unnecessary loss of healthy animals.  

North Yorkshire-based Farmison & Co, founded by CEO John Pallagi, is teaming up with Anna Longthorp who runs Anna’s Happy Trotters in Howden, East Yorkshire, one of the UK’s largest pig farming areas. 

Farmison & Co will offer its customers home delivery of a free-range half pig or free-range quarter pig box, all supplied from Anna’s farm. 

The boxes will be available to order from today (Monday 14 February) for the first deliveries on Wednesday 16 Feb at https://www.farmison.com/save-our-bacon.  

Each box contains a range of cuts, butchered in portion sizes ready to be used in meals or frozen. 

The half free-range pig box is £180 including delivery, can make a minimum of 55 meals for two providing a saving of 35 per cent compared to buying individual cuts. 

The quarter free-range pig box is £110 including delivery and will cover a minimum of 35 meals for two, saving of 28 per cent.  

Each box contains the following free-range pork: 

One Quarter Free-Range Pig (£110.00) One Half Free-Range Pig (£180.00) 
Pork Leg Boned (1 x 2kg) Pork T Bone Steak (6 x 330g) Pork Leg Boned (2 x 2kg) Pork T Bone Steak (6 x 330g) 
Pork Chump Steaks (4 x 400g) Diced Pork (3 x 500g) Pork Chump Steaks (8 x 400g) Diced Pork (5 x 500g) 
Pork Boston Butt (1 x 1.25kg) Breakfast Sausage (18 x 66g) Pork Boston Butt (1 x 2.5kg) Breakfast Sausage (30 x 66g) 
Flat Pork Belly (1 x 1.25kg) Minced Pork (3 x 500g) Flat Pork Belly (2 x 1.25kg) Minced Pork (5 x 500g) 
Rustic Pork Rack (1 x 2.4kg) The Best Pork Pie Ever (1 x 1kg) Rustic Pork Rack (2 x 2.4kg) The Best Pork Pie Ever (1 x 1kg) 

The collaboration follows a long-running crisis for British pig farmers who have lived with the threat of culling their animals because of staff shortages at abattoirs.  

Although Anna was initially unaffected by the bottlenecks in the system, her decision to help neighbouring farms and take their surplus pigs to avoid culling means she is now faced with over-capacity and surplus pork. Her farming system is RSPCA freedom food accredited, with animal welfare at the heart of Anna’s farming operation.  

Anna contacted Farmison & Co who was only too happy to help by making capacity available at the company’s butchery in Ripon which has been recruiting staff to cope with extra demand and record sales. 

The pork will be packaged into half pig or quarter pig boxes which will be added to Farmison’s online store at https://www.farmison.com/save-our-bacon.  Customers can directly help pig farmers by choosing to buy Anna’s pork.  

John Pallagi said: “We’ve known Anna for some time and are very impressed with Happy Trotters and her free-range pigs. She represents British farming at its best, rearing animals in a compassionate and sustainable way and providing customers with high quality meat. 

“It’s heart-breaking to see the problems staff shortages in the industry are causing some farmers and their animals. 

“We already sell a full range of pork products and are delighted to add Anna and Happy Trotters to our network of Yorkshire farms.  

“The half pig box is a fantastic addition to our range, offering great value to customers in an environmentally friendly way that uses all of the animal, from nose to tail.”  

Anna Longthorp said: “The whole industry is in crisis with the large processors not taking their contracted pigs. This has led to pigs with nowhere to go. I have been helping other farms by taking more pigs but now we are in position where we need an outlet.  

“I am really grateful Farmison & Co are working with us on this, because we really do need to find a customer. It also means that we can keep our standards above and beyond legal requirements and not compromise on high animal welfare.” 

Last month John Pallagi launched a Save Our Seasons campaign urging consumers to choose seasonal foods, preferably produced in Britain, to keep down food miles, reduce waste and support local farmers. 

In 2021 Farmison & Co was awarded the coveted title of Online Butcher of the Year and named as one of Yorkshire’s top Butchers in the Countryside Alliance’s Rural Oscars.