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FAQ

 

Wildlife

What wildlife live on the ranch with the cattle?

 
There is a vast variety of wildlife living on the ranch which contributes to the natural operation of ranching, including 40 elk, bears, cougars, deer, thousands of wild turkeys, geese, heron, owls and more.
 
 

How does Hawley Ranch protect the wildlife living on the ranch?

 
All animals on the ranch live on the natural resources of the land. With our careful stewardship of the land, the wildlife is able to live in their natural environment with little impact from humans.

 

Water

What type of irrigation do you use?

 
We use a New Zealand-based water delivery system called K-lines for irrigation. This system allows us to use half the amount of water when compared to traditional irrigation systems.

 

Natural Resources

Is ranching environmentally friendly?

At Hawley Ranch, we take the land and its environment very seriously. That is why we have several procedures in place to make certain the land and the wildlife on our ranch are protected. These procedures include things like using herds of goats for brush control, using compost and no-till farming techniques. We also use rotational grazing and high efficiency irrigation techniques to reduce our water consumption.
 

How is the natural ecosystem affected by Hawley Ranch’s operations?

 
We take into account the entire ecosystem with our ranching procedures. We incorporate native plants and grasses, wildlife and herd cattle to mimic wild grazing patterns which stimulates natural regeneration.

 

Animal Welfare

Are your ranching methods humane?

 
Caring for our animals is an extremely important aspect of our ranching stewardship. We follow the practices of Dr. Temple Grandin, the foremost expert in the U.S. on humane animal handling systems, as closely as possible.
 
 

Are cattle grass or grain-fed?

Our animals are never fattened on grain or other supplements. They graze entirely on their native grass diet on the range and in the pasture. This allows our cattle to grow at a natural pace and live a low-stress life without the need for antibiotics.

The benefits are passed on to you with a healthier selection of meat, when compared with grain fed, offering less fat, less cholesterol, more vitamins and more healthy fats like omega-3s.

If you don’t use antibiotics, what do you do if an animal is sick or injured?

Grass-fed cattle typically live low-stress lives because they are allowed to grow and graze in their natural environment. Injured animals are treated as necessary and then identified so their product can be marketed in the traditional food chain, unlike our all-natural products.

When animals are sick, we treat with probiotics whenever possible, as well as a fast acting intranasal live virus. Probiotics create a rapid immune response and help the digestive system work at a high level. We then continue to monitor, administer vitamins and pain relief as needed and until the illness has passed.

Do you vaccinate your animals?

 
We take a very proactive vaccination approach. We vaccinate calves twice: once while they’re on their mother, and then again after they’re weaned. The best way to keep from having to use antibiotics is to vaccinate and give them a low-stress life, which is another benefit of our low stress weaning process. We are trying to develop and use protocols that boost their immune systems to help them remain healthy.

What do you mean by “all-natural” products?

 
All-natural means we raise livestock traditionally, humanely and with sustainability. Our cattle is raised in their natural environment with grass-fed grazing and a low-stress lifestyle to promote healthy growth without the need for grain supplements.
 

Are you Food Alliance Grass-Fed certified?

 
Yes! We take that certification very seriously. We follow the guidelines of the Food Alliance including raising our livestock on a range allowing them to graze exclusively on grass and forage. This certification also states that we use absolutely no antibiotics or hormones and follow the standards for safe working environments.