Butcher that’s a cut above

By Sonia Isaacs

Producers Name: Robert and Narelle Barry
Business Name: Barry Family Butchers
Location: 230 Bury’s Road Beerwah 5494 6276
Not many people can say they have lived on the same road for over 70 years, or that they come from a long line of family butchers dating back to 1886! Both of these statements ring true for Robert Barry who, along with his wife Narelle and daughter Kylie, bring family values, tradition, and a genuine desire to offer top quality locally produced and crafted meat products, home grown beef and their award-winning ‘Peachester Gold’ ham and bacon, to customers both locally and further afield. GC&M News caught up with long term Beerwah locals, Narelle and Robert Barry to find out more about their farm-based retail and wholesale business.
Q: Tell us a little more about supplying direct from the farmgate to the public?
This October will mark 14 years that we’ve been operating our home-based butchers shop. We always know the date we started because our eldest grandson was born on the same day we opened the shop! We have a 20-acre farm with around 25-30 head of cattle at any one time. The idea for the shop grew from when we used to breed and wholesale our own cattle originally from our Peachester farm. We sell both wholesale and retail, and people can buy as little as one slice or as much as they like. We offer a huge range of products from our beef and ham to lamb, chicken, pork and a wide range of value-added products and smallgoods. Mostly everything we sell is made onsite, and we have both locals and people from all around the Coast and North Brisbane coming in to our shop.
Q: What makes your locally produced beef so good?
People can come to the farm and see directly where their beef comes from. Many of our cattle have been born onsite, and have been carefully hand reared, and they are beautiful, calm and quiet animals that produce good quality meat. We use no hormones or nasties and our cattle are grass fed. We supply good old fashioned, good quality beef that customers seem to love!
Q: How many people are involved in your business?
As well as the family members, we have five butchers onsite and a delivery driver. We are all starting to prepare for the Christmas rush now, and customers will be able to order their Christmas requirements over the coming months from October 1. We’ve got five grandchildren now, and we hope the butcher and farming tradition continues with the young ones into the future.
Q: Tell us a little more about your award winning ‘Peachester Gold’ ham?
We use a family recipe that has been handed down through Robert’s family for years! It’s a closely guarded family secret that produces exceptional results! It’s an extremely popular product. As well as offering it in our shop, we also supply it to 17 IGA’s across the Coast.
Q: How do people buy your products?
They can drop by our farm; our butcher’s shop is open from 6am-4pm, Monday to Friday and 7am-11am, Saturday or they can call us on 5494 6276. Orders received in the morning we can generally have ready by lunchtime. We also have a Barry Family Butchers Facebook page where people can see our weekly specials and a website where people can see our range and order our value packs