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Farm Practices, Certifications and Delivery Methods
Below is a list of the meat types and categories currently used by Home Grown Cow. Farmers are asked to take great care when identifying their farming practices and to be sure that they accurately describe their products. Please note that when these categories are used to describe a farm, it means that the farm sells products identified by the category, but it does not mean that every product from that farm will conform to all the categories shown. Individual products are also marked with their own attributes.
USDA Certified OrganicUSDA Certified Organic: Certified as organic by a USDA-approved food-certifying agency. Organic foods cannot be grown using synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, or sewage sludge, cannot be genetically modified, and cannot be irradiated. Organic meat and poultry must be fed only organically-grown feed (without any animal byproducts) and cannot be treated with hormones or antibiotics. Furthermore, the animals must have access to the outdoors, and ruminants must have access to pasture (which doesn't mean they actually have to go outdoors and graze on pasture to be considered organic). Read More
USDA NeverEver3Never Ever 3: This is a USDA Process Verified Program where animals have not ever been exposed to antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products. Also know as: Never Ever 3, Never Ever Three. Read More
AGA CertifiedThe American Grassfed Association defines grassfed products from ruminants, including cattle, bison, goats and sheep, as those food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from their birth. For non-ruminants, including pigs and poultry, grass is a large part of their diets. Many products have been and continue to be marketed as ‘grassfed’, when grass is only part of their diet. This mis-marketing is just one of the reasons the American Grassfed Association is pushing hard for strict USDA guidelines on grassfed marketing claims. Read More
Pasture RaisedAnimals are raised on, or have constant access to pasture and are never confined to a feedlot or other facility.
Grass (Forage) FedGrass (Forage) Fed: Grass and forage is the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g., legumes, Brassica), browse, or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state. Animals are not fed grain or grain byproducts and have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. Hay, haylage, baleage, silage, crop residue without grain, and other roughage sources may also be included as feed sources. Routine mineral and vitamin supplementation may also be included in the feeding regimen. Note that animals may have spent a portion of their lives confined to feedlots.
Free RangeFree Range or Free Roaming: This applies to poultry only and means that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside.
No Hormones AddedNo Hormones Added: No hormones have been used on the animal during its life. The term "no hormones administered" may be approved for use on the label of beef products if sufficient documentation is provided to the Agency by the producer showing no hormones have been used in raising the animals. This label may not be legally used for pork or poultry products because federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones with pork or poultry. Also know as: No Added Hormones, Non-Hormone Treated.
Raised without AntibioticsNo Antibiotics: No antibiotics were administered to the animal during its lifetime. If an animal becomes sick, it will be taken out of the herd and treated but it will not be sold with this label.
Also know as: No Antibiotics Added, Raised without Antibiotics.
No Animal ByProductsNo Animal By-Products: Mammalian and avian by-products were not used in feed, including animal waste (e.g. poultry litter) and by-products as defined by 9 CFR 301.2 (e.g. products derived from the slaughter/harvest process including meat and fat). Fish by-products and vitamin and mineral supplementation may be used.
Humane Animal TreatmentHumane Animal Treatment: Humane Treatment: Animals have been certified by either the Humane Farm Animal Care organization the Animal Welfare Approved program. See http://www.certifiedhumane.org/ and http://www.animalwelfareapproved.org/ for details. Also know as: Certified Humane, Animal Welfare Approved.
Certified Naturally GrownCertified Naturally Grown (CNG): To be granted the CNG certification, farmers don’t use any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, or genetically modified organisms. CNG livestock are raised mostly on pasture and with space for freedom of movement and their feed is grown without synthetic inputs.
How it's verified: The SNG program uses other organic or CNG farmers as inspectors, and they randomly test 10% of members' products for pesticides Also know as: CNG. Read More
Chef SelectedChef Selected: Our products are on the menu(s) of one or more restaurants. Also know as: Restaurant, Trade.
HalalHalal or Zabiah Halal: Products have been handled according to Islamic law and under Islamic authority. Also know as: Zabiah Halal. Read More
KosherKosher: Kosher food is food prepared in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws. Jewish Dietary Laws are rules and regulations concerning food that are derived from Biblical laws and rabbinical extensions. Learn more about what is and what is not kosher. Also know as: kosher. Read More
Third Party VerifiedSome or all of the Farm Practices claimed have been certified or verified by the USDA or other authorized association or accredited verification entity (see each farm profile for more details) Also know as: 3rd Party Verified.
Small FarmSmall Farm: Animals were raised on a farm of between 1 and 99 acres dedicated to livestock.
Medium FarmMedium Farm: Small Farm: Animals were raised on a farm of between 100 and 1,999 acres dedicated to livestock.
Large FarmLarge Farm: Animals were raised on a farm with more than 2,000 dedicated to livestock.
Co-operativeThis is a co-operative; a group of farmers who join together to share expensive items of machinery, to buy in bulk and to sell their produce together as a single entity. Also know as: co-op.
Meat ProcessorMeat Processor or Butcher Shop supplied by,or owned by local farms or a local farm. Also know as: butcher, butcher shop.
Local DeliveryLocal Delivery: Meat can be delivered to the customer by this farm.
Local PickupLocal Pickup: Meat can be picked up at the farm or processing facility by the customer.
Will ShipWill Ship: Meat can be shipped by carrier service from the farm or processing facility to the customer.
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