The animal's diet is fed only grass on pastures during grazing seasons and grass hay or grass silage during winter. There are no grains in their diet. They are also fed free choice minerals as needed.
The animal is supplemented with a grain diet that consist of non genetically modified organisms.
The animal is never fed or injected with steroids or hormones
Animals are never fed antibiotics or drugs. The animals are never treated with antibiotics unless they are in a life threatening situation which the veterinarian recommends. If an animal is treated, we double the withdraw period that is recommended from the veterinarian before harvest. We almost never have this situation, because the animals live in such a healthy environment. We feel it is ethical to treat an animal if necessary to prevent death.
The animals are always are on pasture during grazing season. Due to Midwest weather, at times animals are moved to shelter areas with feed and ability to roam freely. We feel it is ethical to move the animals shelter to stay warm and dry during cold and rainy seasons.
Animals are never fed animal-by products.
Some processors preserve meats using nitrate/nitrite to extend shelf life. We choose to keep is all natural and not to use nitrate/nitrites.