Livestock

Foster Brady Farm

Owner: Clay Brady

Address:
1951 Locklin Cemetery Road
Monroe, GA 30655
Walton County

Mailing Address:
144 Hiawassee Ave
Athens, GA 30601

Web site: http://www.fosterbradyfarm.com

Application Date: 2020-02-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
WE already produce CNG produce and we really want to be able to manage our laying hens in the same way and over the same grounds.
Are you currently third party Certified for your livestock operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
no
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
no
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
We have been CNG certified produce since 2012.
Your application will be reviewed AFTER we receive a valid Feed Declaration for your farm. We ask you to submit the Feed Declaration within ONE MONTH to ensure your application isn't denied. Check this box to indicate you understand this. *
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
20
Number of above acres that you own: *
0
Number of above acres that you lease: *
20
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
15
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
woods 5
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Wooded areas birds will pass through to get to pasture. Other wooded areas are borders to pasture and garden.
Please check all items you grow and would like to market as Certified Naturally GrownTM (to certify produce, please complete the separate produce application) *



















Please Specify Any Other Items:
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *











Please Specify Other Markets:

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
seeds for pasture are broadcast and drilled into pasture.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Clover, rye grass, buckwheat, oats, vetch and peas.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Produced on farm from plant waste and wood chips.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
15 cubic yards of compost per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Produced by our laying hens. It falls to the ground under their roosts and it is distributed over the pasture as we move their housing.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
1/2 ton per acre
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s.
Feather meal, Alfalfa meal, bone meal, wood ash, Harmony 5-4-3 (composted poultry manure), Epsom salt. Applied before planting of seed or transplant.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
no
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
no
Describe your primary weed problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient(s), what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
No problems with any specific weeds in pasture. Within garden pigweed, Bermuda grass, thistle and chick weed are the most aggressive. We burn, plow and pull by hand. Timely plowing is most efficient and burning has the most long lasting effects. We don't spray anything for or on the weeds to kill them.
Describe your primary plant pest problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s, what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
Caterpillars. We spray Bacillus thuringiensis on everything. Cabbage, collards, tomatoes, celery, beans will be sprayed on a weekly basis.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Private well that services the garden only.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
no

Livestock Management and Practices

Please list all livestock for which you seek certification by type/breed, and indicate how many of each are on the farm today (for example: belted galloways - 20, nubian goats - 5, orpington chickens - 7, frizzle chickens - 3) For animals that have not yet been stocked for the season (e.g. poultry or piglets) please estimate how many you expect to have on farm during the upcoming season. Only list livestock that are (or will be) managed according to CNG standards. *
140 Novagen Laying hens
I affirm that all livestock listed on this application are raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards. I further affirm that I will not represent ANY livestock products as Certified Naturally Grown if they have not been raised according to the standards required by Certified Naturally Grown. Any livestock treated with antibiotics or other prohibited substances will be quarantined and sold separately. All livestock are fed feed grown according to CNG standards - without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and free of any genetically modified grains (GMOs). *
Have all the livestock been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or since hatching? *
yes
Give brief details of your rotation practice for each type and/or group of livestock. (E.g. heifers strip grazing behind electric fence moved daily, 28 day rotation, poultry rotated weekly - 3 pens.) *
Laying hens are moved every 3 days. Their mobile wagon and electric fence provide them with covered roosts and nesting boxes and about 3500 sq ft of space. Fence and wagon are moved every 3 days to a new location on 15 acres of pasture.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
no
Do the animals listed above include poultry? *
yes
Do your poultry either (a) have a minimum of five square feet per bird of natural, grassy outdoor space or (b) do they have at least two square feet per bird and get moved at least one time per day to fresh new pasture? *
yes
Do your livestock spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season? *
yes
Is all feed grown according to Certified Naturally Grown standards (without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or post-harvest fungal treatments)? *
yes
For all livestock you seek to certify, please provide more information about the feed. Is it grown locally for you? Purchased in bulk at a mill? Bagged at the feed store? Is it Certified Organic? What brand, if any? *
Certified Organic, shipped to us from ReddyFork Farm in Elon NC. We purchase 1 ton of feed at a time directly from Reddy Fork Farm.
Do you buy in some feed? *
no
Describe your primary livestock pest problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Hawks. Lots of ways to scare the birds away (scare crows, bells, balloons) but they don't always work. We move the birds often and I think that helps the most.
Describe your primary livestock disease problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
We cull or remove any bird that is sick. Generally speaking a sick chicken will not make a full recovery and return to laying eggs. Injured birds we will isolate from the others so they can recover without competing for food.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
Along with the 140 laying hens we have 5 male diary goats. Used for brush control around the farm.

Seeds and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
no
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
no
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
yes
Please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.) and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
One side of our pasture is road frontage. We have placed DO NOT spray signs along the road. Another side borders pasture that is managed different. We have a verbal agreement with land managers to limit chance of drift or contamination from their pasture fertilizer spray, by picking days to apply fetilizer that have favorable winds.
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
yes
Please describe your buffer. Be specific. On all sides, how far is it from your livestock pasture to the next closest use (i.e. road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Specify what is grown on neighboring land in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from a blueberry farm, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
To the South is road frontage, to the East are woods without any agriculture, to the North another area of woods 200 yards deep and to the West, separated by a fence and tree line, there is another pasture managed by a neighbor.

Agreements

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that livestock not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another ranch or farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same rancher or farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown livestock certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
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