I, certify and guarantee that the beef cattle of beef products I am selling to Central Maine Meats have been raised in Maine according to the following USDA criteria for 100% Natural, Grass Fed, or 100% Grass Fed/Grain Finished beef:
These animals fall under the USDA definition of:
100% Grass Fed
100% Grass Fed/ Grain finished
These cattle must meet the following standards for USDA defined Grass Fed Beef:
Grass and forage are the only feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning.
Diet is derived solely from forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g., legumes, Brassica), browse or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state.
Animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. Hay, haylage, baleage, crop residue without grain, and other roughage sources may also be included as acceptable feed sources. Routine mineral and vitamin supplementation may also be included in the feeding regimen.
If incidental supplementation occurs due to inadvertent exposure to non-forage feedstuffs or to ensure the animal’s well being at all times during adverse environmental or physical conditions, I will fully document (e.g., receipts, ingredients, and tear tags) the supplementation that occurs, including the amount, the frequency, and the supplements provided; any such treated cattle will not be sold to Central Maine Meats as certified grass fed beef.
Cattle have never been fed or injected with any sort of artificial hormone, steroid, or growth enhancer.
Cattle have never been fed or injected with any antibiotics, for any reason.
Cattle have never been fed animal or fish by-products of any kind (e.g., bone meal, hog fat, etc.), or any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).