We do not believe in forcing our animals to grow in unnatural ways.  We will not give growth hormones.  We will not use genetically engineered animals.  We will use antibiotics to save an animals life, however, we try to use good management to thwart the need for antibiotics.  Any animals treated with antibiotics will not be sold into the consumer food chain.  We believe we far exceed the standards in which the USDA allows even for “naturally raised” livestock.  We have been discussing the Animal Welfare Approved Label and may be going this route in the future.  In the words of Joel Salatin, we strive to be “beyond organic” getting supplies and feed from local mills rather than having certified (monoculture) organic grains shipped from hundreds of miles away.  If you have any questions about our philosophy do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll chat 🙂