Livestock Application

Woodtrail Graziers

Owner: John Bailey

Address:
19643 Woodtrail Road
Round Hill, VA 20141
Loudoun County

daytime phone: (703) 608-9151
evening phone: (540) 554-8665
Web site: http://woodtrailgraziers.com

Application Date: 2007-03-06

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
I feel local food is at least as important as USDA certification. Also, I have been put off by the USDA NOP certification process and cost. We are all grass-fed beef and dairy.
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? *
From another farmer (Allder School Berries).
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 *
67
Number of above acres that you own: *
67
Number of above acres that you lease: *
0
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
no
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Pasture:
47
Hay:
20
Grains:
0
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:
Currently also raise chicken for meat and eggs, but they get conventional feed. Also have pigs, but the ones bought in 07 were wormed when young. Goats raised for fiber are fed conventional sweet feed. May add sheep, turkey, rabbit. Have had geese and sheep but not currently.
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: *
None.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
no
Do you use Compost? *
yes
Please note general sources (on farm,purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
On farm products.
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". *
Less than 1 ton of compost is currently produced and is spread where I choose.
Do you use Manure? *
yes
Please note general sources of manure: *
On farm cattle, goats, pigs, chickens.
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". *
I move the animals, not the 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.
Will be using lime this season.
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. *
Thistle is a problem but most other weeds are grazed. I manually cut thistle but may try sheep. Goats did not work very well.
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. *
I do not need to control plant pests at this time.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
I do not irrigate at this time.
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. *
Belted galloways - 21 (8 mature cows and 3 calves were bought, 10 calves born on farm) -- There are other livestock on farm, but not seeking to have them certified at this point.
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. *
Most cattle have received treats to attract them that are not certified organic (range cubes) but are fed only grass and CNG hay as a diet. Going forward I will only feed treats that are within CNG guidelines. Beef cattle managed entirely according to CNG standards beginning March 2007.
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.) *
In grass season, cattle and chickens rotated on pasture as needed (currently being hayed in a single field). Pigs also rotated on separate pasture as needed (depends on size of pigs and space provided but generally 2 weeks). Goats rotated with electric fence.
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? *
Do you buy in some feed? *
no
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. *
Have used DE with cattle, have not picked a method of worming for pigs and goats. May try Solvay surfactants.
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. *
Have used antibiotics to try to save a goat (failed), and for dairy cow to cure pneumonia 18 months ago.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
Only above incidents of drugs.

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. *
No crops are grown in any bordering property. Only possibility is utility pole treatment, which I will post as in organic fields when we enter into certification. Nearest farm acreage is across a state road, a total of over 100 feet away. This appears to be a horse farm. A backyard farm is adjacent to some woodland that I currently do not use for my animals (it is over 150 feet from my animal fence). Other borders are a stream, 2 residential yards, and state roads. More detail can be provided if I do some exploring and measuring.

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:
For 2007 I'm only seeking certification for the beef. I would like to emphasize the grass-fed (and finished) aspect of our beef operation. I do not currently have a supplier of feeds that I can justifiably afford other than our farm store. I am seeking local feed growers where I can obtain appropriately grown grains for the pigs and goats. I can cut out all supplementation for the cattle except minerals. I currently do not have a certifiable source of mineral either. Clearly, conversion to CNG will be stepwise with the newborn cattle and chickens being the quickest to convert.