Grand View farm
it all started with a chicken and a cow...
At GVF, our methods and production practices exceed organic standards therefore we decline the certification. First and foremost we have an open door policy at the farm because we believe transparency is essential to accountability. This means that anyone can view any part of the farm at anytime. We use intensive pasture management, rotational grazing and multi-speciation of the pastures to deliver the highest quality, cleanest and most nutrient dense food possible. We make a great distinction between the term “free range” as opposed to our pastured products, simply emphasizing the daily rotation of the animals in a symbiotic and natural sequence. Our cattle are rotated ahead of the chickens, which clean up after the cattle before the ground rests for an extended period of time. The pigs are rotated through the wooded areas and pastures in a similar manner. The cattle are 100% grass fed; while the chickens and pigs have access to free choice non-GMO grain rations to supplement their pasture diet. This rotation and multi-speciation confuses pathogens and provides a platform that allows us to grow animals without the use of any type of medications, hormones or antibiotics. Our chicken is culled here on the farm in an open-air processing facility far cleaner than any indoor facility. Our chicken is inspected and certified by the Maryland Department Of Agriculture. We use Bowmans and Smuckers Meats for the processing of our beef and pork, both of which are USDA certified.
Why Choose GVF Eggs?
The Life of the Egg Layer at GVF
Our started pullets come from Garden of Eapen in Bel Air and Moyers Hatchery in PA. Once at the farm, they are about 17 weeks old and almost ready to start laying eggs every day. We get them right out on the pasture and acquainted with the existing layers. They quickly learn where to eat, drink, lay and roost for the night. Throughout the year, they are rotated every few days as they follow the cattle through the pastures cleaning up after them and laying beautiful, nutritious and delicious eggs.
A Mother Earth News study found that compared to industrially raised egg layers, pasture based eggs had: • 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene• 4-6 times more vitamin D
The Dirty Secret About Clean Pork at GVF
If pigs were given snouts to root, so why would we put them on concrete floors or place rings in their noses? Want to know a dirty secret about how we raise clean pork at GVF? ... We let the pigs get dirty! There are so many advantages to having pigs on pasture, besides the obvious fact that it is their natural habitat. All of the microorganisms in the dirt, all of the nutrients and minerals from the roots and legumes, and all of the fresh air and sunlight combine to provide a respectable life for this wonderful animal as well as the most nutrient dense pork you will ever eat.
Pastured Pigs are Vitamin Enriched — NaturallyPigs raised on pasture have 300 percent more vitamin E and 74 percent more selenium (a vital antioxidant) in their milk than pigs raised in confinement, according to Don C. Mahan Professor of Animal Sciences at Ohio State University. This bounty of nutrients promotes healthier litters, shorter farrowing times, and good milk let down. The pigs' meat is enriched with vitamins as well. Fortifying the pigs' diet with synthetic vitamins, the standard practice in confinement operations, does not achieve the same results because the artificial vitamins are more poorly absorbed.(Eatwild.com & Mutetikka, D.B., and D.C. Mahan, 1993. Effect of pasture, confinement, and diet fortification with vitamin E and selenium on reproducing gilts and their progeny. J. Anim. Sci. 71:3211.)
What Makes GVF Chicken Different?
It's all about the grass at GVF and this holds true for our broilers chickens as well. While chickens and pigs are not ruminates like cattle, they still need to be in the pasture to maintain health and a natural environment. The broilers arrive at GVF as day-old peeps from Moyers Hatchery in PA. They are placed in the brooder house for protection, with access to GMO-free feed and fresh water. They will spend about 4 weeks in the brooder house until they are ready to take on the elements out in the pasture. The broilers are then moved out to the pasture in our chicken tractors. Here they will have access to fresh grass, bugs and dirt as they are moved daily through the pasture. This keeps them clean and healthy with plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
Letting Herbivores be Herbivores...
100% Grass Fed Beef
As ruminate animals, cattle were never designed to consume grain. Our cattle are rotated every few days to new pasture so that they can mimic nature as they select the best legumes before moving on. By practicing rotational grazing in conjunction with the egg layers, we are able to restore beaten down land and build soil to promote healthier pastures. The benefit to the cattle is a fresh, clean buffet of legumes and a completely natural diet based on their biology. The benefit to the consumer is pure, clean and delicious beef with nutritional data that blows conventional grain fed beef out of the water. By implementing these practices, in addition to free choice organic minerals, GVF is able to produce disease-free cattle that are not medicated or injected with hormones.
What’s the Difference between Nutrition Profiles? 100% Grass fed beef -is leaner and juicer, thanks to higher moisture content in addition to having more omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and beta-carotene. Also, grass fed beef has as little as 140 calories per serving plus lower cholesterol. Grain-fed beef - is more greasy and not as juice. Plus, it’s ‘fattened up’ on a variety of grain or corn by-products that are not healthy and highly refined. Regular consumption is not recommended as part of a healthy diet because there is higher cholesterol levels. Source: American Grassfed Association
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