About the Animals

If you are like most people looking for clean meat, one of your first questions to your local farmer is, “How are the animals raised?” And while this is a broad question we are proud of the way we farm and offer complete openness. We want you to know that you are purchasing your meat from a reputable farmer that is striving to provide ecologically-sound, clean meat for the conscientious family. While I will specifically cover the basics like feed, treatment and living conditions please don’t hesitate to ask any other question that may come to mind.

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Caring for Beef Cattle

WAFFCirclethumbnailsShelterWAFFCowStampThe cattle (cows) have full access to pasture, but have free access to shelter as they wish. (free choice) During pleasant weather, the cattle spend almost all of their time outside, but of course on harsh days they will come in to avoid wind and cold.

WAFFCircleFoodAll our beef is pasture raised, meaning their primary source of sustenance is from grass, hay, clover, weeds, etc. We also feed small amounts of corn to our cattle each day which rounds out their diet and makes the beef more tender.  We have avoided 100% grass fed beef, because it is generally very dry and tough, since only a couple of cattle breeds actually do well on only grass. Contrary to public opinion, a cow’s stomach can handle a balanced amount of corn, just not the huge amount that are fed to feed lot beef. Kind of like you and I, while raspberries are good for us, eating a diet of mostly raspberries would make us sick!

WAFFCirclewaterAll the animals have full time access to water that has been filtered to
remove ground water contaminates from area fields.

WAFFCircleButcherThe cattle are easily corralled at butchering by following a  bucket of corn right up into the trailer.  No need to chase; and no stress to the animal.  We work with two butchers of which one is a certified humane butcher; our secondary butcher has adopted these same butchering standards even though they are not professionally certified.

WAFFNOshots We choose to never use hormones of any kind on our animals. They grow at their natural pace. We avoid antibiotics for all our animals and will only resort to use when necessary to save the life of an animal. However, any animal treated with antibiotics would be shipped to open markets after the proper medication withdrawal time and would never enter into the CSA shares.

 

Caring for Broiler and Laying Chickens

WAFFAnimalStampsChickenWAFFCirclethumbnailsShelterThe meat chickens (broiler chickens) and turkeys have controlled pasture access. This means free choice  to pasture during the day and sheltered at night and during storms for their protection. Meat chickens often choose to be outside in the morning & evening and go in during the heat of midday.

WAFFCircleFoodOur birds are all free choice when it comes to feed. While the broiler chickens are on full time pasture after 2 weeks old, they are also offered a non-GMO supplemental feed that that is custom ground for us by our Amish neighbors. Poultry benefit from the grazing but do not tend to thrive without the supplemental feed.  Chickens get feed daily so food is fresh and doesn’t run out.

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Our egg-laying hens also enjoy full time pasture during the day and supplemental feed. Our supplemental feed for the laying-hens is custom ground by an Amish friend who creates a specialty mix that is completely GMO-free and tailored to both the age and needs of our chickens. Poultry benefit from the graze, but can not thrive without supplemental feed. Our birds including laying-hens are all free choice when it comes to feed.

WAFFCirclewaterOur poultry is provided with on-demand drinkers of filtered water so the water is always fresh. Filtered water ensures that the birds water won’t be polluted with potential chemicals from any of the neighboring farms or fields.

WAFFCircleButcher We have a State Certified butchering facility on our property for butchering poultry. This gives us control over the butchering process ensuring humane butchering and eliminating any trauma from transport.

WAFFNOshotsWe choose to never use hormones of any kind on our chickens.   They grow at their natural pace. We also do not use antibiotics on our chickens at any time.

 

Caring for Pigs

WAFFCirclethumbnailsShelterWAFFPorkStampOur pigs all get to hang out, eat, play and grow. No crowding, etc. The hogs have nice, spacious pens inside the barn. The barn is equipped are large doors that provide fresh air, cross ventilation, and sunshine. The large barn doors are closed during pneumonia weather to prevent illness. Half of the pig pen is sand to give the pigs a safe environment to root and wallow and “make beds” for themselves as pigs like to do. The pigs even get boxes, newspapers, and bowling balls to play with.  The pigs love to
play; they run up to you, then race away, then come right back to see if
you brought them some treat like weeds or garden greens to munch. It’s kind
of cute. 🙂

WAFFCircleFoodThe pigs have a constant open-access feed supply and on-demand filtered water.  The pigs receive feed that Dave personally grinds so that he knows exactly what is in the feed. Pigs don’t actually graze on grass, although they enjoy digging under fences if allowed. Currently our corn is a mix of both GMO and non-GMO. We are working towards feeding our pigs all GMO-free corn but it will take some time since we will have to grow the non-GMO corn ourselves as well as create a significant amount of storage for the grain.

WAFFCirclewaterAll the animals have full time access to water that has been filtered to
remove ground water contaminates from area fields.

We work with a group of butchers of which one is a certified humane butcher, the
WAFFCircleButcherother butchers working with him have adopted these same butchering standards even though
they are not certified.

WAFFNOshotsWe choose to never use hormones of any kind on our animals. They grow at their natural pace. We avoid antibiotics for all our animals and will only resort to use when necessary to save the life of an animal. However, any animal treated with antibiotics would be shipped to open markets after the proper medication withdrawal time and would never enter into the CSA shares.

Well, that is a pretty good summary of the care of all of our animals. Let us know if you have more questions or if there is something we didn’t touch upon that interests you.