Our cattle are 100% grassfed and grass finished; they are never given grain. Ever.
We raise our cattle on pasture and graze them on a diverse mix of grasses, forbs, and legumes. As with all HNGM animals they are never given antibiotics or added hormones. Even in the winter, our animals are out on pasture, nibbling on stockpiled fescue. Our cows only ever consume grass — in the form of pasture, dried hay, or fermented grasses. At no point in their life do our animals consume grains, including corn. Year-round production requires year-round finishing. Pasture quality varies throughout the year, depending on the season and location. To ensure our cows are always grazing on the best quality forages, we move our cows among a network of local producers. This regional grazing model enables us to produce high quality grassfed beef year-round while utilizing the unique micro-climates of our bioregion.
Family Farm Partnerships
Hickory Nut Gap Farm works with other like-minded producers under the Hickory Nut Gap Meats brand to create a regional production model to meet our customer’s needs. Our family farmers work together to find the best finishing forages and rotational grazing methods for our region resulting in high quality, well marbled, 100% grassfed beef year round. All producers must follow protocols laid out by Hickory Nut Gap and comply with annual 3rd party audits (see list below). Read our complete HNGM Beef Production Protocol 2016.
Beneficial Pasture Management
When you’re a grassfed beef farmer, you’re also a grass farmer. To keep our pastures healthy, we practice rotational grazing and intensive grazing techniques termed mob grazing. These practices maintain and support pasture forages and pasture fertility by suppressing weed seed formation and increasing soil microbial activity. You can see the difference in the soil health and abundance of plant species within our lush grazing pastures. Our grazing practices mimic the natural cycles found in a grassland ecosystem — large herd animals grazing off a perennial polyculture of plants. We raise our cattle on what nature provides.
Third Party Certifications
Global Animal Partnership
Hickory Nut Gap Meats beef is certified as Step-4: Pasture-Centered through the Global Animal Partnership.
Our beef is Non-GMO Project verified.
Organic Grassfed Beef
Hickory Nut Gap Meats also raises cattle following National Organic Program standards and our 2016 calves are currently USDA Organic Certified. Currently Organic HNGM cattle are sold at select Whole Foods only.
Our Beef Claims:
- 100% Grassfed + 100% Grass finished
- Pasture Raised
- No Antibiotics
- No Added Hormones
- Step 4: Pasture Certified by GAP
- Non GMO Project Verified
If you are interested in becoming a producer please contact [email protected].