Livestock Application

Caney Fork Farms

Owner: Ranan Sokoloff

Address:
Carthage, TN

daytime phone: (914) 275-1515
Web site: http://www.caneyforkfarms.com/

Application Date: 2015-09-12

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I believe there's power in numbers, and want our farm to be part of this grassroots community of small growers.
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? *
Alice Varon
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 *
200
Number of above acres that you own: *
385
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
200
Hay:
0
Grains:
0
Other (please specify below):
10
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Vegetable crops grown on 10 acres that is deer fenced. Other integrated agroforestry acreage scattered across the farm will include silvopasture and alley cropping.
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: *
Chisel Plow
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
We will raise a crop for grass-finishing our steers and heifers. This crop will work in rotation with the vegetable crop rotation.
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm horse manure bedding, chopped leaves, chopped fresh grass clippings, waste vegetable scraps
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 tons/acre
Do you use Manure? *
no
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.
Lime
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. *
Cocklebur, Perilla Mint, Horse Nettle, Pigweed, Ironweed, Teaweed, and Musk Thistle are all out there. We run hardy Katahdin sheep with our cattle as our first pass bush hog and practice holistic management intensive grazing to provide appropriate animal impact. We regularly clip pastures to maintain forage in a vegetative state. We spray no pesticides for weed management.
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. *
Aphids, Cutworms, Spittlebugs, June bugs and more are present but none in abundance. We do not spray pesticides. We also allow inflorescence on broad leaf perennials that attract beneficial predatory insects.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We do not currently irrigate pasture land. If the need arose, we have 2 on farm ponds that we would pull from. If those went dry, we could irrigate from the Caney Fork River surrounding the farm.
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. *
Black Angus - 60, Katahdin sheep - 120, 75- mulefoot, guinnea hog, gloucestershire old spot crosses
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.) *
Cattle and sheep strip graze behind electric fence moved regularly depending on the desired animal impact we want on the land/forage - typically daily. Pigs are rotated weekly to new quarter acre paddocks.
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? *
Hay is made on property. Pig feed is certified organic from Kentucky Organic Farm & Feed Inc.
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. *
Barberpole worm, coccidia, Roundworm. We will manage pest problems through rotational grazing and utilizing terminal host multi-species partnerships. We will cull problematic repeatedly effected members of the flerd.
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. *
Sheep: Clostridial Diseases - CD&T vaccination annually. Blackleg, vaccine. Cattle: Pre-breeding Cows Leptospirosis Vibriosis if needed IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV virus vaccines Scours vaccine if needed Newborn calf: - 7 way clostridial vaccine with pinkeye (Alpha-7/MB-1) Preweaning- 3-4 weeks prior to weaning to allow time for immunity to develop before the high-risk event of weaning. - Vaccinations Respiratory (IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV virus vaccines Brucellosis for replacement heifers
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
if an animal is treated with a prohibited substance its markings and id number are recorded, and if this animal is destined for slaughter, an extra ear tag is given so that it does not enter our "clean food" stream.

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. *
The Caney Fork River wraps around our farm. Where there is an open fence line to neighboring farmland, we have planted 100' wide tree lined buffers.

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:
We are also in the process of certifying our farm with California Certified Organic Farmers