Livestock Fact Sheets:
1. Organic Poultry Production: Eggs
2. Organic Poultry Production: Meat
3. Pasture and Living Conditions for Organic Ruminant Animals
4. Protect Livestock in Hot Weather
5. Transitioning to Organic Beef Production
6. Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production
7. Transitioning to Organic Sheep and Goat Dairy Production
8. Transitioning to Organic Sheep and Goat Meat Production
Ask An Organic Specialist: Livestock Answers
I read your article on sprouted barley fodder, and I would like to know if I have to use certified organic barley seed to do this?
Yes, you must use 100% certified organic seed to grow any sprouted fodder used to feed organic animals. Sprouted fodder falls under the 100% certified organic feed requirement and not the crop seed exemption for commercial availability. The USDA National Organic Program recently clarified to all the certifiers that any seed used to produce sprouted fodder must be certified organic.
The scarcity of certified organic meat processors in the Midwest is one of the biggest issues facing the organic industry. The recent loss of the organic processor Premier Meats in southwest Wisconsin has brought this issue to the forefront. There are very few certified meat processors left in Wisconsin and only two of them handle poultry. The lack of certified plants places organic farmers at an economic disadvantage. Either we are unable to label our products as organic, or are forced to raise prices due to the greater distance and time to haul and process our animals.
I encourage you to ask meat processors near you to consider adding organic certification to their services. The rapid growth in consumer demand represents real opportunity to expand clientele and services. Processors can learn more from MOSES or the Organic Processing Institute (www.organicprocessinginstitute.org).
I’ve compiled a list of certified organic meat processing plants in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Many of these are included in our Organic Resource Directory. Farmers in other states can find a certified organic processor by searching the USDA website (apps.ams.usda.gov/nop/, select “handling” and your state for a list).
Black Earth Meat Market
1345 Mills St., Black Earth, WI 53515
608-767-3940 | www.blackearthmeats.com
Weber Processing Plant (beef, hogs)
725 N. Jackson St., Cuba City, WI 53807
608-744-2159 | www.webermeats.com
Sonday Produce, LLC (poultry)
E870 Highway 54, Waupaca, WI 54981
715-572-1477 | www.sondayproduce.com
Pete’s Meat Service, LLC (beef, pork, sheep)
1665 Main St., Rudolph, WI 54475
Springbrook Meats, LLC (beef)
N3485 810th St., Elk Mound, WI 54739
Twin Cities Pack (poultry)
5607 East County Hwy J, Clinton, WI 53525
608-676-4428 | www.twincitiespack.com
Halal Food Processors
900 66th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
319-366-8327 | www.halalfoodprocessors.com
Amend Packing Co (beef)
410 S.E. 18th St., Des Moines, Iowa 50317
515-265-1618 | www.amendpackingcompany.com
220 W. 1st St., Earlham, Iowa 50072
515-758-9545 | www.lpb-inc.com
Premium Iowa Pork, LLC (pork)
108 First Ave. S., Hospers, Iowa 51238
712-752-8666 | www.premiumiowapork.com
Northern Pride Inc. (turkeys)
401 S. Conley Ave., Thief River Falls, MN 56701
218-681-1201 | www.northernprideinc.com
Kb Poultry Processing LLC (poultry)
15024 Sandstone Drive, Utica, MN 55979
507-932-9901 | www.kbpoultryprocessing.com
Ledebuhr Meat Processing, Inc. (beef, pork, lamb)
5645 6th St., Winona, MN 55987
507-452-7440 | www.ledebuhrmeats.com
Swanson Meats, Inc. (beef)
2700 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-721-4411 | www.swansonmeats.com
Lorentz Meats (beef, poultry, hogs)
705 Cannon Industrial Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009
507-263-3618 | www.lorentzmeats.com
TFC Poultry (poultry)
103 Melby Ave., Ashby, MN 56309
218-747-2749 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources & Research:
- Fact Sheet: Organic Livestock Requirements
The National Organic Program has created a fact sheet covering the standards for livestock, allowed and prohibited substances, pasture requirements, and benefits of paster-based management.
- Guide for Organic Livestock Producers
Created as part of the USDA’s Organic Literacy Initiative to connect organic farmers, ranchers, and processors with the USDA resources available to them. Include information about organic requirements and best practices, and explain the certification process.
- Online Organic Grower Guides
Online organic resources for growing apples, beans, carrots, grapes, and more from Cornell University. (Although these guides were written primarily for New York growers, the recommendations are applicable to growers in other humid regions.)
- Organic Feed Mills and Suppliers
A comprehensive list organized by state, provided by CROPP Cooperative.
- Organic Livestock Feed Processing Basics (PDF)
MN Department of Agriculture Fact Sheet
- Organic Poultry and Eggs Market News and Transportation Data
USDA Poultry Market News & Analysis has been covering the wholesale market for poultry and eggs since January 2004. This information is released each week on Monday. From the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.
- Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture
16-page publication from SARE is available free online and in print.
- Report analyzes economic impact of NOP’s proposed regulations for living conditions for organic poultry
The National Organic Program (NOP) just released a 23-page report prepared by a third party that analyzes the economic impact of potential changes to the living conditions requirements for organic poultry, as recommended by NOSB.
From The Organic Broadcaster:
Poultry will eat many different things, and live. But, to grow efficiently and be cost-effective for egg or meat production, very specific nutritional needs must be met. Read more here.
Feeding flaxseed to cows offers multiple benefits
March | April 2014
Introducing ground flaxseed as a dietary component for organically managed cows may have a three-fold benefit. Read more here.
With dairy cows, goats and ewes the goals are healthy, productive mothers that deliver vigorous offspring, milk well…. Read more here.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Adam Danforth’s two new books…. Read more here.
With cold weather on the way, farmers with animals are setting up their winter feeding systems. Read more here.
The long-term, multistate research project aimed to identify organic management factors influencing…. Read more here.
A typical dairyperson’s life revolves around a regular twice-a-day commitment to milking cows. Read more here.
Historically, the family has been the primary institution for providing training, experience and resources…. Read more here.
One of the most important keys to success in organic dairy production is the rearing of healthy calves. Read more here.
Crops and livestock have historically been integrated in farming systems. However, in the last 50 years there has been a trend…. Read more here.
With the development of faster growing, high nutrient-demanding animal breeds, the high protein content and low cost of soybeans…. Read more here.
Record high grain prices and the drought of 2012 are driving up interest in alternative feeds. Read more here.
Proof Positive – Research on Raising Dairy Steers Provides Insights
With the extreme drought conditions in the Upper Midwest during 2012, many dairy producers continue…. Read more here.
Most of us have the perception that input costs rose slowly and steadily through…. Read more here.
During a trip to the Farm Service Agency a couple of years ago…. Read more here.