No antibiotics. No hormones. No steroids. Just meat.

December 29, 2018

Our meat contains no antibiotics, no hormones, and no steroids.

Why?

Because our mission is to provide top quality meat for families like yours; meat that not only tastes good, but is good for you, the animals, and the environment.

In large, industrial agricultural operations, antibiotics, hormones, and steroids are used to keep animals from becoming sick and to cause the animals to grow bigger, faster.

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However, we choose not to do this.

Why? 

Well, as you've likely heard, there is great concern and evidence that the overuse of antibiotics is limiting their effectiveness. As their use continues, "super bacteria" are developing with resistance to the medicine. 

And not all bacteria are bad; in fact, many are good and are essential to helping our bodies digest food and support our immune systems. Antibiotics become detrimental when they harm our good gut bacteria and interfere with that digestion and immune function that could have naturally helped keep us healthy. 

The long term consequences of using synthetic hormones and steroids is still largely unknown, though there is concern over potential links to cancer and threatened reproductive health in humans. They also cause unnatural, rapid growth in the animals which raises a question of ethics for many consumers.

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We choose not to use antibiotics, hormones, or steroids on our animals out of shared concern for the reasons listed above, but also because we really don't need them. 

All of our animals are raised outside on pasture, and we rotate them daily so they are always on new, lush grass and are constantly moving away from their waste. This keeps them happy and healthy, naturally. 

As a family farm, we maintain a close connection with our animals. Because we move them every day, we see them up close, as unique individuals, and know how they're doing, how they're growing. We monitor the pastures and the weather and plan ahead, working with nature to ensure the best for the animals and the land. 

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If and when we do find a sick animal, we separate them out from the rest of the herd or flock and give them the individual treatment they need. Such animals that receive treatment are brought back to health, but are not sold direct to customers as we maintain our promise of no antibiotics, no steroids, and no hormones in our meat. This intimate family farm type of care is the type that allows us to keep our animals healthy without mass, sub-therapeutic prescriptions.

Certainly, because we don't use antibiotics, steroids, or hormones, our meat takes longer to raise and thus, costs more per pound, but we've come to recognize that good things and good health are well worth the wait and the investment.

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