Livestock Application

The Pastures of Rose Creek LLC

Owner: William Powers

Address:
1051 Rose Creek Drive
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Oconee County

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

Application Date: 2015-06-02

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We were previously accepted as CNG for produce, however our primary focus is raising livestock. We are applying to be livestock CNG.
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? *
yes
If yes, please note which agencies and dates: *
CNG Produce 2014; Animal Welfare Approved - finalized July 2015 for beef cattle, grassfed beef and laying hens
Have you ever been denied certification? *
no
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Farmers Markets and Georgia Organics Conference
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 *
188
Number of above acres that you own: *
345
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
188
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
157
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Conservation Reserve Program
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:
locallygrown.net in Athens

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
No-till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
clover, vetch, and rye
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
From grazing cows and poultry within pasture. No outside manure is brought in.
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". *
Natural application from animals
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.
We previously used the pulverized Hi-Cal AgLime (Calcium carbonate). This was about 4 years ago. We hope to not use more in the future. The soil is MUCH healthier after years of cover crops and rotationally grazing smaller numbers of cattle. A soil test will be conducted prior to using lime again and as of now, we have no plans to use lime anytime in the next year.
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. *
Our main weed problems are Johnson grass and Horse nettle. We do not use any form of herbicide. We are bushogging (mowing) every 4 to 6 weeks to keep down weeds.
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. *
We do not use any form of pesticide. Instead we rotate chickens behind where our cows have grazed to reduce insect populations.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
No crop 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 (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. *
Limousin/angus - 26 piedmontese - 20 charolais - 2
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.) *
Cows graze on small paddocks and are moved to fresh pasture after 3-5 days. Cows are maintained in paddocks with electric fencing.
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? *
no
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? *
Our cows feed on our pasture throughout the year, with supplemental chemical-free hay during the winter months.
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. *
Our primary pest problem is flies. Our main method of control is through poultry rotation. Chickens are rotated in pasture behind the cows after three days to consume fly larvae and manage insect populations.
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 have not had livestock disease issues. We take preventative measures with vaccinations such as BVD, IBR, Leptospirosis, PI3, and Blackleg. If an animal becomes sick, we would quarantine and care take appropriate care of the animal. Antibiotics would only be given to our breeder stock per recommendation of a vet to a suffering animal. All antibiotics are given prior to third stage of gestation. Cows given antibiotics are separated from the herd for a minimum of 30 days for observation to ensure health returns. *No animal that receives antibiotics is ever processed for meat. No antibiotics are used on cows that are lactating.*
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have no quarantined animals.

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? *
no
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. *
There are buffer zones throughout the property that protect the grazing pastures. The tree lines are a part of our CRP and make up 157 acres of our land. We also have great relationships with our neighbors. There is no risk of draft due to distance.

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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