Livestock Application

Hayes Farms

Owner: Matthew & Denise Hayes

Address:
9193 N Oak Ave
Paris, MI 49338
Newaygo County

daytime phone: (231) 796-1247
evening phone: (231) 796-1247
Web site: http://hayesfarms.org

Application Date: 2016-02-27

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We have been farming without chemicals for over 20 years and started selling our produce and beef 4 years ago and feel that we can help consumers feel confident that our products are grown in a sustainable, healthy way for both our planet and the people and animals on it.
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? *
Ward Vegetables in Big Rapids, MI 49307
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 *
348
Number of above acres that you own: *
304
Number of above acres that you lease: *
14
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
45
Hay:
250
Grains:
30
Other (please specify below):
5
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Acres used if vegetable production
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:
Custom orders and hopefully CSA in near future

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Minimum till
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
Oats, rye
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
on farm and purchased complete from Morgan Composting, Sears, MI
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". *
one ton per acre
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Only on farm animals cattle, goat, chicken, and sheep
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". *
one to two 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.
limestome, gypsum, Nature's Safe 13-0-0,
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. *
ragweed, lambs quarter, quack grass, and many others. We pull the weeds or try to suppress with weed barriers absolutely no sprays.
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 used diatomaceous earth occasionally. We primarily pic off bugs and try planting in between life cycles of pests.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
We use well water and spring fed pond on our farm. Only irrigate vegetables not cropland or grains. No large irrigation on 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. *
Beef cattle - 36, meat goats - 8, sheep - 8, egg layers - 60, broilers - 24, exotic 4-h show chickens - 20, standard cornish -9.
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. *
We just purchased the sheep a week ago and they had not previously been fed according to those standards until we received them on February 15, 2016.
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.) *
Step in fencing for cattle rotating every three days. Chickens, sheep, and goats electric net fencing moved every 3 days or sooner if needed.
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 grow almost all of our feed. If we need any we purchase only certified organic feed. We also buy vitamin and minerals from Fertrell's list of approved for organic production to mix in with the grains we grow.
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. *
Worms for goats,& sheep. Fly control is the problem for all livestock. Diatomaceous earth dusting all amimals as needed. Mice - cats, and traps.
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. *
Worms in goats and sheep. We use garlic, thyme, pumpkin seeds, and black walnut hulls ground in the feed twice a year. We have not used antibiotics for over a year. We have documentation for any animal that has had antibiotics and know that the animal is not considered organic/naturally grown. We only have 1 goat that had antibiotics last April after a very stressful vet delivery.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have none at this time except our sheep that we have had for 2 weeks. They are in a separate pen away from all other animals. We don't know what they were fed before arriving on our farm, so we will not be considering them as naturally grown. The lambs born here will be fed all organic feed so that when they have lambs those will be naturally grown. The cattle, goats and chickens have all been raised on our farm from birth or from day old chick shipments.

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. *
Our farm is bordered on 2 sides West and North by a national forest. Along the south side of our property there is a 15 foot buffer between our field and the neighbors hay field. On the Southeast side there is a 25 foot buffer of trees between our field and the neighbors field. On the East side is a 25 foot area of small trees. On the Northeast side of one field is a 15 foot buffer of small trees and brush next to the neighbors hay field. Our farm is split by a paved road running N to S and on our smallest Northern boundary another dirt road running E to W.

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. *
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