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Certified Organic (Live Animal), 100 percent pasture grazed lamb and beef. Pure Prairie Honey. |
Here are a few of the attributes which define Dalla Terra Ranch:
While our farm is certified organic, there isn't an organic slaughter house in Iowa for lamb. So, our live lamb are certified organic but our product does not carry the organic seal. We don't believe traveling to South Dakota or Wisconsin for a certified organic slaughter house is in the best interest of our animals nor does it enhance the quality of our meat.
We produce 100 percent grass-fed Iowa lamb and beef. We finish on grass without grain or other feeds.
Our lamb and cows graze freely 365 days per year with no confinement or feedlots.
We manage our animals naturally so as to elimanate undue stress. We don't dock tails, shear wool, or trim hooves unneccessarily.
We use no antibiotics, vaccinations or hormones.
Our Katahdin lamb is tender, lean, flavorful and rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Our unique lamb contain higher levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs) than conventional grain-fed lamb. Likewise our angus beef is mild, tender and low in saturated fat.
In 2012 we added honey bees to our mix. With over 20 acres of organically managed native Iowa prairie, they have plenty of pollen and nectar for our honey production.
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
Our ranch is an intensively managed rotational grazing operation. We actively participate in the USDA Flock identification and Eradicate Scrapie! Programs. Our flock is guarded by our 2 Great Pyrenees flock dogs.
At Dalla Terra Ranch we choose our breeding stock very carefully so as to produce vigorous, disease-resistant stock and productive, heavy milking ewes. All of our rams are registered and we are converting all of our ewes to registered stock. We have chosen a hair-breed sheep which is raised for meat, not wool. As such our flock sheds its wool each spring and isn't subjected to the stress and risk of infection which comes with being shorn.
Highlights this Month
The first of our 2012 lamb just came back from the locker and is ready for sale.