Haw River Ranch is a diversified, thriving polyculture where animals are treated with reverence and grace, earthworms are cherished, and all critters eat a species-appropriate diet. We offer eggs, pork, lamb, beef, turkey and chicken.
Our pastured eggs and broilers are from chickens fed a locally milled and organic ration, and our birds are moved to fresh pasture daily where they eat a full complement of bugs and fresh forages.
Our poultry and pig rations contain a diversity of proteins (including flax and field peas) in order to improve the taste and nutritional profile of our products and reduce our reliance on soy. The soy in our rations are different from conventional feedstuffs in that it’s derived from whole, roasted organic soybeans instead of soybean meal, an industrial waste product (processed with hexane) customarily fed to livestock.
The hens follow our cows and sheep in a rotation that takes into account the need of the grass to regenerate in order to provide the best nutrition for all the animals and to allow the soil to capture the carbon from the atmosphere. We raise our dairy calves on mama cows, with all the milk they can drink and the normalcy of running in a mixed-aged herd. We do this to ensure the best and brightest dairy herd for the future, and in order to provide an outstanding life to even the young males, which later become our signature ambrosia beef. Our cows and sheep are 100 percent grass-fed.
Our commitment to whole food means that we are also diligent about the ingredients in our value-added products. That means our sausages are not only free from MSG directly, but also are free of “spice extractives” and other fractionated ingredients that often contain undisclosed sources of free glutamates. Our bacon is cured the old-fashioned way, using just salt (no nitrates) and molasses, and our sausages are free from all forms of sugar (e.g. dextrose). We began as a homestead to feed our family, and we serious about what it means to say, “this is food.”