Livestock Application

Morehead Cattle at Whispering Winds Farm

Owner: Ralph Nappi

Address:
Jamesville, NY

daytime phone: (315) 456-8019
evening phone: (315) 456-8019

Application Date: 2016-08-10

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We are a new farm that is just starting to bring our product to market. We are very interested in the sustainability aspect of agriculture and we want a label or certification that reflects our values and ideals as farmers and stewards of the land.
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? *
Through internet research
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 *
192
Number of above acres that you own: *
192
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
192
Hay:
Grains:
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: *
Disk rake
Do you use Cover Crops? *
yes
If yes, please list: *
oats,
Do you use Compost? *
no
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
Manure from our beef cows and our horses
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". *
inch and a half thick layer that was disked in
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.
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. *
Few weed problems. Methods of control include managed rotational grazing, over-seeding pastures, and the application of manure
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 observed, no management used to date. Would manage via IPM (integrated pest management) systems, utilizing a combination of cultural and biologic controls like beneficial insects.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Pasture and hay lots are not irrigated
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. *
87 - hereford cattle ~40 - calves expected for 2017 calving season
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.) *
Our rotation is based on pasture height and available forage rather than a set time period. We have eight pastures of varying size in our current rotation and we are adding at least 4 more in the spring of 2017
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? *
We only feed our cows hay that has either been grown on site or by a local farmer. In the winter we also will supplement their feed with an alfalfa meal, kelp meal, and black-strap molasses mixture. All ingredients in this mixture are certified organic and are purchased in bulk from a local feed store
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. *
We dealt with lice last summer for the first time and we treated them with diatomaceous earth and garlic powder rubbed on their backs. We reapplied this mixture a few times until the lice were gone.
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. *
A few calves got ring worm last year for the first time and we fed them organic cabbages ad it cleared up. We have also dealt with pneumonia twice with calves and we had the vet treat them with antibiotics.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
We have one calf currently that has pneumonia and that we have treated with antibiotics. He is separated from the rest of the herd and currently confined to the inside of one of the run sheds for easier handling.

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. *
We have woods around most of our pastures that separate our pastures from the surrounding properties.

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 a growing farm that is serious about sustainability. We have a rain water catchment system attached to our main cow barn and we also have a gray water recovery system that directs runoff from the concrete floor of the barn through a natural silt-sand filtration system and stores it in an underground holding tank. We also keep bees, and our bees help pollinate the pastures from which our cows graze. It is a sort of closed loop system. We may in the future seek natural certification for our hives if we choose to market any of the products from our apiary. Currently the only reason we raise honeybees is for the sake of the environment and for the small amount of honey that we are able to harvest.