How We Harvest
“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.” ― Temple Grandin
We often receive questions regarding how our livestock is harvested in a humane manner. We honor and respect the sacrifices our animals make to provide us with nourishment, and we want our customers to feel peace of mind knowing this sensitive process is handled with great care and respect.
Our facilities utilize design and animal-handling techniques developed by renowned animal welfare expert, Temple Grandin. Additionally, we are honored to have Dr. Grandin’s graduate student, Dr. Kurt Vogel, PhD, Animal Welfare, Professor of Animal Science at UW-River Falls, as a close and frequent advisor to our harvest team.Throughout all stages we take great care to ensure humane and ethical treatment of our livestock.
The USDA is on-site at all times to oversee the actual harvest process. Their presence provides guidance and ensures compliance to the federal Humane Slaughter Act (HSA). HSA requires all animals to be rendered senseless prior to harvest. This quick process ensures that our animals experience minimal stress and no pain.
Great care is taken to utilize all parts of the animal – honoring our commitment to responsible raising and sustainability. Animal by-products are instrumental in everything from life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical procedures to traditional items such as soaps, gelatins, pet foods and tallows.
We always welcome questions about our humane raising and processing standards. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.