Livestock Application

Inverlea farm

Owner: Doug, Linda and Richard Peebles

Address:
2882 Bruce Road 15, R.R. 2
Tiverton, ON N0G 2T0
Bruce County

daytime phone: (519) 368-7286
evening phone: (519) 368-7286
Web site: http://www.inverleafarm.ca

Application Date: 2015-10-15

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been informally following the Canadian Organic Standard for about 15 years. We are not keen on the excess paper work and fees of becoming Certified Organic. We also do not like the fact that Certified Organic has been hyjacked by big agribusiness and agrifood interests. However we do like the idea of promoting our products as better than organic, with natural local small farm origins. Certified Naturally Grown most closely meets our needs.
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? *
a google search for "natural local certification" popped up the CNG website. Exactly what we were looking for.
The Feed Supplier Declaration is required of all CNG livestock producers. (Read it here: www.naturallygrown.org/feed.) Please review it and be sure your feed meets CNG's requirements before completing this application. If necessary, you may login to complete this application later. *
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. *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
72
Number of above acres that you own: *
72
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
36
Hay:
36
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
28
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
18 acres of mixed hardwood forest, 4 acres river valley, 8 acres reforested conifer plantation
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:
direct to consumer freezer beef

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
no tillage, all hay and pasture are permanent grassland, maintained by frost seeding trefoil, red clover and grasses
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm aged manure with bedding
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". *
2 tons per ac
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
on farm livestock
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". *
2 tons 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.
none
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. *
Canada thistle controlled by rotating padocks between pasture and hay. Thistles generally are controlled by multiple cuts of hay for 2 or 3 years
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. *
none
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
no irrigation
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 (E.g. belted galloways - 20, nubian goats - 5, orpington chickens - 7, frizzle chickens - 3) Note: To be Certified Naturally Grown, ALL livestock on your farm or ranch must be raised according to CNG standards. (Allowances are made for individual animals treated for health reasons. They should be specified below in the section on quarantined animals.) *
Murray Grey cows and hiefers 16, Lowline Angus X Murray grey cross calves 12, Murray Grey yearling steers and bulls 3. Lowline Angus bull 1 Dorper x Kathadin cross ewes 8 Laying Chickens Red Sex Link 12, Columbia Rock 6, Rhode Island Red 3 White Rock cornish cross meat chickens 300 per year ( summer Only )
I affirm that all livestock on my operation are raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards, and are specified here on this application. I further affirm that I will not sell ANY livestock products that have not been Certified Naturally Grown. All livestock raised on and sold by this farm will be Certified Naturally Grown. *
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.) *
Cattle rotated every 3 to 7 days through pasture season Sheep continuous grazed ( will be rotated next season Meat chickens in tractor moved daily Laying chickens in 2500 sq foot grassed enclosure
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
yes
Do your ruminant livestock obtain at least 30% of their dry matter intake from grazed forage during the growing season? *
yes
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 chemical 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? *
all feed we purchase is Certified Organic.
Do you buy in some feed? *
yes
Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration? (download it at naturallygrown.org/feed) Please note: when the big name brand companies say their feed is "Natural" that does not mean that they are grown according to CNG standards. It probably means they do not add antibiotics, which is a good start, but very likely the feed was grown with synthetic fertilizers and using genetically modified seeds. *
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? *
all feed we purchase is Certified Organic.
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. *
We would expect internal parasites would be a challenge, however we have not treated our cattle for 15 years. A closed herd and no livestock on surrounding farms may be our answer. Pasture hay rotation also helps.
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. *
Footrot and pinkeye would be the biggest challenge. Pineye is managed by not grazing dry long grass. Foot rot has been absent for years.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
Closed herd, no fenceline contact , no treatment or quarantee has been needed.

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.) *
Conventional cash crop farms Roundup, chemical fertilizers, treated seed ( Neo nicontinoid) air seeded
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 crops 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. *
east and west and part of north conventional corn soyabean seperated by a 25 foot permanent grass and weed buffer on our property. South is paved county road with weeds controlled by mowing.

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. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
Livestock and poultry are watered from our well Cattle and sheep are excluded from the river and forested areas.