We Go Beyond Natural
What does the term “natural” mean?
What does Never-Ever Natural mean?
Our definition also means that every independent farmer and rancher who raises livestock for us practices sustainable agriculture. This means they not only take care of the land, but also allow livestock to engage in their natural behaviors, such as living outdoors and interacting with their litter mates. From years of experience, we know that it’s imperative to go above and beyond natural. Compare the differences:
Do animals need antibiotics?
The continual low-dose use of antibiotics (known as “sub-therapeutic antibiotics”) allows livestock to survive the stressful conditions that would normally make an animal sick. It also help them reach market weight faster with less feed. We believe that the regular use of antibiotics creates significant health concerns for both animals and humans, so our animals never receive antibiotics – ever.
What if one of your animals get sick?
What’s the problem with using growth hormones?
Why is a 100% vegetarian diet important?
How can I be sure that all Niman Ranch farmers and ranchers adhere to your protocols?
- All of our farmers and ranchers routinely complete affidavits agreeing to follow all of our protocols.
- We personally inspect each farm before it is accepted into our program to make sure it meets our standards.
- Our field agents, based across the country, regularly visit and inspect our farms and ranches.
It’s pretty telling that we have more field agents than we have sales people.
Being second or third generation farmers that understand the importance of traditional farming our partners share our values. Most of our farmers and ranchers already raise animals humanely and need only make small adjustments to meet our protocols.
You mention no confinement, is that what a gestation crate is used for?
“We’ve got to treat animals right and gestation stalls have got to go. Confining an animal for most of its life in a box in which it is not able to turn around does not provide a decent life.”
At Niman Ranch we never, ever use gestation crates or stalls.
Does Niman Ranch use genetically modified (GMO) feeds?
Our Farms & Ranches
What do you mean when you say Niman Ranch raises livestock 'traditionally?'
The value of sustainable farming can be understood by examining the alternative: factory farming. Factory-style hog farms house thousands of animals in crowded confinement buildings. Farm managers typically store liquefied waste in huge pits called waste lagoons that can be one story deep and acres wide. Even under the best circumstances, these lagoons are enormous sources of pollution–including antibiotics, bacteria, and nitrogen–that leaches to groundwater, contaminates air, and can spill and run off to surface waters.
At Niman Ranch we’re different and we’re proud of it.
What is sustainability?
Why is it important to preserve independent family farms and ranches?
Where is Niman Ranch? Where are your animals raised?
Why doesn't Niman Ranch produce grass fed beef?
How can Niman Ranch guarantee the lineage of its animals?
Can I purchase your products online?
What's the difference between cured and uncured meats?
Are your products certified organic?
Are your products gluten-free?
Why do Niman Ranch products taste better?
Why are Niman Ranch products more expensive than other brands?
Where can I purchase Niman Ranch products?
How can I get Niman Ranch products in my local stores and restaurants?
What is dry aged beef?