THE local independent butcher has been disappearing due to stiff competition from supermarkets, but Carl Young from Tweed Farmers Meat Co. at Tweed City is bucking that trend.
What inspired you to open your own business?
Growing up on our family farm in the Scenic Rim, we were taught that every piece of the cow can be eaten and has its own unique taste. My sister Aimee and I started a paddock-to-plate, grass-fed beef business called Young Farmers, selling our family’s beef to friends in Brisbane.
As that grew, we looked for a way to scale the business and a butcher store was the best way to bring high quality produce to more people. Our goal with Tweed Farmers Meat Co. is to connect customers to the farmers who work tirelessly on producing beautiful meat.
What do you most enjoy about operating your own business?
Being able to bring the best produce from the Scenic Rim Region to the Tweed locals. Sharing the story of where the meat comes from and the farmers it’s supporting. Also just giving people great quality products at affordable prices.
What’s the biggest challenge in operating a business in Tweed?
Competing with major supermarkets who can heavily discount through their large buying power is a massive challenge. Once people appreciate where their meat comes from, they’re more willing to pay fair prices and support local businesses.
What’s the biggest advantage in operating a business in Tweed?
It’s a really tight-knit community and people here love supporting their local businesses. My partner Jasmine and I moved here and have felt very welcome.
We’ve already got a Tweed Farmers touch football team and have made a great group of friends.
What are your future plans for the business?
We want to employ more locals and grow our business. We want to supply Tweed restaurants, pubs and clubs and become more involved in the community.