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Farm Standards

About our meat

Our sheepWe do not sell finished meat products. We sell cooperative shares of living animals.

Organic?

While making no claims to the organic label, we do not use any commercial fertilizers or pesticides on the land where our animals eat, sleep and live. We try to provide our egg-laying chickens with a fully-organic feed, however the cost for providing this type of feed for all of our animals is quite prohibitive at this time. All of our animals have natural pasture on which to roam. From mid-April until mid-November, they derive the vast majority of their calories from grass and forage. We have also been very careful in the selection of heritage breeds of livestock that thrive on this “traditional” diet.

Animal standards for care and handling

Cattle

  • No prophylactic use of antibiotics
  • No supplemental growth hormones
  • No animal byproducts in feed
  • Pastured/Free range, fed grass, hay & grain
  • Cows bred only once per year (once 18-months of age)
  • Calves allowed unlimited access to cows until natural weaning takes place
  • Cows milked once per day during a 305-day lactation cycle
  • Butchered between 18-24 months, depending on weight and conditioning
  • Standard veterinary care, including routine vaccinations and dewormings based on region-specific guidelines and needs of the animals

Pigs

  • No prophylactic use of antibiotics
  • No animal byproducts in feed
  • Pastured/Free range, fed vegetable-based grain formulated for hogs, grass, hay, roots & kitchen scraps
  • Butchered between 6-8 months, depending on weight and conditioning (whole pigs for pig roasts butchered at 3-4 months)

Sheep

  • No prophylactic use of antibiotics
  • No supplemental growth hormones
  • No animal byproducts in feed
  • Pastured/Free range, fed grass, hay & grain
  • Ewes bred only once per year (once 18-months of age)
  • Lambs allowed unlimited access to ewes until natural weaning takes place
  • Lambs butchered between 6-8 months, depending on weight and conditioning
  • Sheared 1 to 2 times per year, based on fleece type
  • Standard veterinary care, including routine vaccinations and dewormings based on region-specific guidelines and needs of the animals

Poultry (Chickens, Ducks, Geese & Turkeys)

  • No prophylactic use of antibiotics
  • No animal byproducts in feed
  • No beak trimming
  • Pastured/Free range, fed grass & grain
  • Butchered between 6-14 weeks, depending on weight and conditioning

Rabbits

  • No prophylactic use of antibiotics
  • No animal byproducts in feed
  • Provided ample cage space based on weight and size of animal
  • Fed an¬†alfalfa¬†based pellet, hay & vegetable trimmings from the garden
  • Does bred at 1-year old and only twice a year
  • Kits allowed unlimited access to does until natural weaning takes place
  • Butchered between 8-12 weeks, depending on weight, conditioning and pelt quality