Blue Head RanchOwner: ron goddard
14001 sr 70 w
Lake Placid, FL 33852
daytime phone: (406) 208-8908
Application Date: 2020-03-28
- Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
- We are direct marketing grassfed beef.
- Are you currently third party Certified for your livestock operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
- Have you ever been certified in the past? *
- Have you ever been denied certification? *
- How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
- Web search
- 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 *
- Number of above acres that you own: *
- Number of above acres that you lease: *
- Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
- General Listed Acreage Breakdown
- Other (please specify below):
- If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
- 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: *
- No tillage
- Do you use Cover Crops? *
- Do you use Compost? *
- Do you use Manure? *
- 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.
- Applied lime to approximately 10,000 acres three years ago
- Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
- Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
- 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 weed "problems"
- 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. *
- No plant pest "problems"
- 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? *
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 - 6,000
- 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? *
- 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 in herds of up to 2,500 adult cows moved on a 30 to 60 day rotation according to grass growth rate.
- Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
- Do your ruminant livestock obtain at least 30% of their dry matter intake from grazed forage during the growing season? *
- Do the animals listed above include poultry? *
- Do your livestock spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season? *
- Is all feed grown according to Certified Naturally Grown standards (without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or post-harvest fungal treatments)? *
- 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? *
- 100% pasture. Previously weaned calves with alfalfa, but last fall we weaned about 1,000 calves and fed them alfalfa. We left another 1,000 calves on the cows to see if they might stay healthier and “self wean” before their mothers calved again. It’s apparent now that the unweaned calves have, indeed, grown faster and had fewer health issues than the weaned calves and that the cows are for the most part drying up before they have their next calf.
- Do you buy in some feed? *
- 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. We limit fly problems on the cattle by frequent (often daily) moves to fresh pasture. Around HQ we use fly predators to limit flys tormenting our horses.
- 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 haven't had any disease outbreaks but we do vaccinate calves with a 5-way vaccine while still on the cow, primarily for the blackleg protection.
- Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
- We very seldom treat any cattle with antibiotics and never any adult animals. Occasionally we will give an antibiotic injection to a sick, weaned calf and when we do that animal is permanently marked.
Seeds and Buffers
- Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
- Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
- Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
- Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
- Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
- 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. *
- On the north and west boundaries of the ranch we have a fenced buffer lane, 50' to 100' wide. Beyond that buffer are county roads. About a mile of the south boundary fronts on another county road. I've never seen any evidence of herbicide use by the county on any of these roads. The total remainder of the ranch is bordered by other grazing land. Nowhere is there farm/crop land across the fence from us.
- 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 took over management of this ranch in August, 2015. Since then we have used nothing that would disqualify us from being certified naturally grown. Aside from beef, we also sell meat from feral hogs. Hundreds, if not thousands, of feral hogs roam our property. Feral hogs are not, strictly speaking, managed except in terms of trying to keep numbers at an acceptable level.