Livestock Application

Morning Star Family Farm, LLC

Owner: Kathleen Roxas

Address:
4504 State Road 83
Hartford, WI 53027
Washington County

daytime phone: (262) 670-6561
evening phone: (262) 670-6561
Web site: http://www.morningstarfamilyfarm.net

Application Date: 2015-11-28

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are already CNG certified for produce and want to add livestock to our certification.
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 are already members of CNG.
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 *
35
Number of above acres that you own: *
35
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
16
Hay:
16
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Woods, wetlands, house/buildings, garden/orchard
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:
Veal
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: *
We do not till our pasture/hayland. Our garden areas are tilled with a tractor-mounted rototiller as needed (annually or less).
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Before planting our pasture we used a cover crop of winter rye. In the garden we have used white clover, soybeans, and oats as cover crops.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
We compost manure (from our own animals) mixed with garden wastes from our garden.
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
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
We compost manure (from our own animals) mixed with garden wastes from our garden.
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.
Four years ago we purchased humical and micro nutrients from Midwestern Bio-Ag and spread it on our fields prior to seeding our pasture.
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. *
In the garden we struggle against the local regular weeds--lambs' quarter, ragweed, and thistle. We control these by mechanical means (hand weeding, wheel hoe, rototiller) and physical barriers (straw). In the pasture our main weed issues are in spots where the foot traffic of the animals destroyed the pasture plants and weeds covered the resulting bare spots. We are working to control this by clipping (especially by making hay before seeds set).
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 have had trouble with cucumber beetles, but noticed that better fed plants survived the attacks better. We are working to decrease pest problems by increasing the quality of our soil and, thus, the plant itself.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Well water, tested annually
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. *
Beef cattle (Hereford): 7 Dairy cattle (Jersey): 1 Sheep (Katahdin): 6 Sheep (Dorper): 2 Sheep (Katahdin/Dorper cross): 2 moulin brown hens: 100 Ducks (Golden 300 hybrid): 35 Meat chickens (Cornish cross): 990 Guinea hens (French pearl grey): 30
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? *
no
If no, please list, for each type/breed for which you seek certification, the date since which all your livestock of that type have been managed according to CNG standards. For poultry, indicate whether they have been managed according to CNG standards since the second day of life. *
Beef cattle (Hereford): 7--will be 100% CNG by February 15, 2016 (2/3 of the way through this gestation) Dairy cattle (Jersey): 1--will be 100% CNG by February 15, 2016 (2/3 of the way through this gestation) Sheep (Katahdin): 6--100% CNG since November 15, 2015 (2/3 of the way through this gestation) Sheep (Dorper): 2--100% CNG since November 15, 2015 (2/3 of the way through this gestation) Sheep (Katahdin/Dorper cross): 2--100% CNG since November 15, 2015 (2/3 of the way through this gestation) Ducks (Golden 300 hybrid): 35--100% CNG from second day after hatch Meat chickens (Cornish cross): 990--will be 100% CNG from second day after hatch Moulin brown hens: certified organic Guinea hens (French pearl grey): 30--will be 100% CNG from second day after hatch
I agree not to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock or livestock products that have not been under continuous CNG management for at least nine months (or in the case of diary products, for at least six months). I understand that if in the future I want to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock not named in this application, I may do so if the livestock has been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or, for poultry, the second day of life. Otherwise I shall contact CNG to obtain a variance. *
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 and sheep--moved 1-2 times daily Meat Poultry--moved daily Laying hens--rolling coop moved regularly within electronets (also moved) Egg ducks--overnight in coop, free range during day
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 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? *
We purchase whole, certified organic grains from a local organic feed mill and then grind it ourselves.
Do you buy in some feed? *
yes
Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration within two weeks? (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
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. *
Flies are a problem in the summer. We use chickens to decrease fly population. We have not used any products to control insects, etc. Mites can be a problem in poultry here. We keep a dust bath in the coop with wood ashes and, at times, Diatomaceous earth in it to allow the birds to fight off these pests.
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 encountered many disease issues. We vaccinate cattle and sheep annually against Clostridium and other diseases common to our area. Dairy cattle also receive a Bangs vaccination. We keep on hand products like calcium gluconate (never used), blood stop powder (used about twice a year), and OMRI listed Dynamint (used a few times per dairy cow in early lactation, as needed) for use as needed. We have not had any disease problems in our layers. I would imagine that our practice of rotating the hens has something to do with that.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
N/A

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.) *
There are conventional farm fields across the road to the west and south of our farm. We are protected by buffers of the road and right-of-way on both sides of the road.
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 north are houses. To the east of our fields are woods which we own. 60 feet to the south is a conventional farm field separated from us by a road. 80 feet to the west is a conventional farm field separated from us by a road and brush.

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: