Hormones or steroids never administered to animals. (The FDA does not allow the use hormones or antibotics in the production of pork or poutlry.)
* Our natural production practices eliminates the need for sub therapeutic (daily fed low level dose) medications that are commonly used in confinement production systems. However, in certain cases to prevent animals from death or suffering we do allow for limited use of therapeutic (spot treatment) medication. In such cases the prescribed withdrawal period is doubled before animals are ever harvested. We feel that this exception is only practical to ensure wise stewardship practices and ethical treatment of our livestock.
Animals raised without feeding genetically modified organisms such as GMO corn or soybeans.
As the seasons allow animals are raised in the open pasture or field.
When you see this protocol associated with our products, it simply means that during the winter our animals are provided with a shelter or barn to keep warm as needed for protection from harsh weather. Larger animals such as cattle and hogs generally only require simple windbreaks or huts to keep warm. However small animals generally require an enclosed area such as a deep-bedded greenhouse that provides natural heat and light.
Raised without feeding any animal by-products.
Animals provided with free-choice non-GMO whole grains such as oats, barley, corn or soybeans.
Does not contain gluten which is a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease.