How was my meat raised? What are Evermore Farm’s production protocols?
The diet of our grass-fed animals consists of freshly grazed pasture and stored grasses (hay or grass silage.) Free-choice mineral supplements may also be given as needed.
No Hormones or Steroids
Hormones or steroids never administered to animals. (The FDA does not allow the use hormones or antibiotics in the production of pork or poultry.)
Never Fed Drugs or Antibiotics*
* Our natural production practices eliminate 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. These animals will be sold off the farm and not processed for sale here. We feel that this exception is only practical to ensure wise stewardship practices and ethical treatment of our livestock.
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.
No Animal By-Products
Raised without feeding any animal by-products.
Processed without added synthetic Nitrites or Nitrate.
We are not certified organic. While our farm is not technically “certified” organic by the USDA, we do adhere to organic farming principles and practices. Some of our practices go beyond “organic” standards, like requiring that most of our ruminant animal products are 100% grass-fed and produced without grain or grain by-products.
At the end of the day, we would encourage you to put your trust in our family and our farm rather than in a USDA stamp that relies on costly inspections and government regulators. To get a better idea about our farming practices, here’re a few claims we make that are verified by our customers:
- Grass-Fed protocol for ruminant animals.
- No hormones, steroids, or antibiotics
- Nitrate free
- No Animal By-Products in our feed.
We believe that the very best form of producer-to-consumer accountability and transparency exists when consumers take an active responsibility to develop a connection and relationship with the farmer who produces their food!