Located in the Timaru and Dunedin area of New Zealand, Havoc Farm Pork provides quality pork that comes from happy and healthy pigs who are provided a good old healthy diet of locally grown grain and a few added ingredients such as garlic and cider vinegar.
Ian Jackson, a Scot by birth, was raised in England on a pig and poultry farm where he says he was not interested in the poultry and graduated from Usk Agricultural College where he specialised in pigs. After working in the UK in the pig industry, he set off to see the world. He traveled overland from the UK to New Zealand working on various pig farms, and when he arrived in New Zealand he worked on many more. All along, he was hatching plans for his own farm and formulating how he would do things when the time was right.
Ian’s policy has always been minimal intervention, no antibiotics, and no hormone growth promotants – just a good old healthy diet of locally grown grain and a few added ingredients such as garlic and cider vinegar to keep the pigs happy and healthy. Ian mills all his own feed on the farm and takes pride in saying “I would not feed my pigs anything I would not eat myself”.
Ian takes his pigs to be turned into pork and bacon in his own specially designed truck, known as the “Havoc Hog Hauler”. This is to avoid the risk of disease from stock trucks on the farm and minimise the shock of transportation on the pigs.
When he set his eyes on a piece of stony ground at the foot of the Hunter Hills in South Canterbury he knew he had at long last found the place to make his dream a reality. The fact that there was a house on the property was of no consequence to Ian, he would have lived in a tent if it had been necessary because he knew this place was the place he had waited all his life to find – he was home. A little while later when he met the love of his life, Linda, the place became “Havoc”.
They called the farm “Havoc” because havoc happens occasionally. Like when the piglets get drunk on the ripe cherry plums (despite all efforts to keep them away), or when a sow decides to farrow in an unusual place. Or there was the time when Yuri the boar jumped the gates. Or the time they had to call in a pig hunter to shoot a wild boar that had come on the rampage. Ian and Linda are now known as Lord and Lady Havoc.