Naturally raised meats. For taste, for health, for animal welfare.

All of the meats that we sell at the shop are raised naturally.  What does this mean?

First of all, it means that all of the animals are raised humanely, allowed the basic 5 freedoms.

1. The freedom of hunger and thirst

2. The freedom from discomfort

3. The freedom from pain, injury or disease

4. The freedom to express normal behaviour

5. The freedom from fear and distress

It also means that all of the animals are raised healthily, resulting in a tastier, healthier, more satisfying end product for you and your family.

The Bison that we sell

-is Grass Fed, freely ranged on pasture (lives outside and is provided shelter from the elements), is given no growth hormones, no antibiotics, and is fed no animal by product.   They are taken to a processing plant very close to the farm for a less stressful end of life experience.  The bison meat that we sell is an incredibly lean and healthy meat.  The meat has very little chance of being contaminated by ecoli as the grass fed diet keeps the bison’s stomachs healthy.

The Bison that you find in large supermarkets

-may be kept in a feedlot in tight quarters, may be fed grain.  Rumenants like bison (animals with more than one stomach) are not meant to eat grain, or be kept in close quarters.  When they are raised in this manner, most often producers mix antibiotics into the animals feed ration in order to stave off infection. This also means that the chance of the meat containing higher levels of e coli is greater.

The Beef that we sell.

-is Grass Fed, freely ranged on pasture (lives outside and is provided shelter from the elements), is given no growth hormones, no antibiotics, and is fed no animal by product.  The beef grow slowly, naturally, over a period of 2 years consuming only forage (different grasses).  The beef that we sell is incredibly lean and is the healthier choice of red meats. The meat has very little chance of being contaminated by ecoli as the grass fed diet keeps the beef’s stomachs healthy.  The animals are taken to a processing plant very close to the farm for a less stressful end of life experience.

The Beef that you find in large supermarkets

-most probably was finished in a feedlot.  Feedlots are large pens on bare land outside that hold hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of cattle.  The cattle are in close quarters, and are fed grain, a non natural diet for them.  The close quarters mean the cattle are continually standing in their own feces, the diet injures the animals’ stomachs, so many feedlots feed antibiotics continually to their cattle in the feed ration to prevent large outbreaks of disease.  These cattle are also injected with a growth hormone to make them reach finishing weight much more quickly, usually in just a year’s time.  Meat from these animals is higher in fat, may contain residue of antibiotics and growth hormones and has a much higher risk of being contaminated with ecoli.  Proper safe food handling procedures must be followed when cooking with commercially raised beef to prevent the ingestion of ecoli bacteria.

Our Lamb

-is Grass fed, freely ranged (lives outside with shelter from the elements), contains no growth hormones, no antibiotics, and is fed no animal bi product.  The meat is lean, tasty, and is a healthier red meat option.    The lamb is taken to a processing plant very close to the farm for a less stressful end of life experience.

Lamb that you find in large supermarkets

-is most probably grain fed, making for a fatter, greasier meat.  May be fed growth hormones to reach finishing weight more quickly, may be fed antibiotics.  Most probably comes from New Zealand.

Our Chicken

-Is freely run (runs around in a big barn) with access to the outdoors when the summer weather hits.  Is fed grain, soy, corn, and vitamin supplements, they never consume antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by product.   Is taken to a small provincially inspected processing plant which may result in a less stressful end of life experience.

Chicken that you find in large supermarkets

-is raised in barns with a minimum of 10 thousand birds.  Is fed antibiotics in their food ration to prevent disease from so many birds being in such close quarters.

Our Pork

-Is freely ranged (they run around outside, and are provided with shelter from the elements), they have mud bath areas, straw patches to laze in and shady areas under trees.  They are fed no growth hormones, no antibiotics, and are fed no animal by products.  The farmers that we purchase pork from NEVER use sow gestation stalls.   Pregnant sows are ranged freely while pregnant , give birth in ample straw bedding, and care for their young outside.   Are taken to processing plants very close to the farm for a less stressful end of life experience.

Pork that you find in large supermarkets

-Is raised in large barns, is fed antibiotics with their feed ration, may be fed animal by products.  Is kept is confined quarters.  Male piglets are castrated without anesthetic, all piglets have their tails and teeth snipped off to prevent cannibalism from stress and boredom.  Breeding sows (The female pigs who give birth to the pigs that we all eat) are kept in small gestation crates for most of their lives.  These crates are too small to allow the sow to turn around, and in some cases stand up.  They may spend most of their 3-4 years of life in one of these crates.   They spend these years biting the bars of their cage until their teeth break.  It is thought that they slowly go insane.  When their useful production life is over, these sows often do not have the ability to walk to the truck that will take them to the abattoir.  There have been many reported cases of force being used to urge these sows to drag themselves to the truck.   Upon processing, hogs are often transported very long distances to the processing plants, in all kinds of weather.  There have been many reported cases of abuse upon loading and unloading trucks of hogs for slaughter.

Pigs are thought to have the same intelligence as dogs.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by lois on January 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    It is wonderful to find a supplier such as yourself that understands the importance of animal welfare …. not just because a happy animal produces a better quality meat but also because animals deserve to be respected and treated humanely for what they provide us.
    There’s a book called “The Compassionate Carnivore” by Catherine Friend, that I picked up from the library…. I highly recommend it to your customers. Is there any chance you could sell copies of it at your store ?
    I will definitely be visiting your store on a regular basis to purchase the meat for my family.

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