You won't believe how far we go to assure
our animals live a happy, healthy life
It's more complex than you can imagine.
Producing Meat in a Humane Way
Think about the animals that the meat you eat comes from. Are you at all concerned about how they have been treated? Have they lived well? Have they been fed safe, appropriate foods? Have they been cared for by someone who respects them and enjoys contact with them?
Would you like to be sure of that?
Perhaps it’s time to find out a bit more about where the meat you eat comes from. Or, to buy from a source that reassures you about these points.
It's sad: Sadly, buying birds that are labeled "organic" or "free-range" is absolutely NO assurance that they were treated humanely.
The Perfect Environment: If you're the kind of person who takes comfort in the thought that the meat you eat once belonged to an animal that led a free and happy life, you should feel quite smug about eating meats produced on our farm. While roaming over some of the most beautiful land in the country, our privileged animals get lots of cleansing sunshine, lush green grass, and fresh country air.
It is the quintessential free range, just like you would imagine it in your dreams. Our farm is made up of beautiful grassland and forest where we produce meats that put the natural system to work.
We are offering what more and more of you are demanding these days; ethically treated, high-quality, delicious tasting meats free of antibiotics and growth-promoting hormones, produced in a way that is humane and friendly to both earth and animals.
What do we mean by “produced in a way that is humane”?
We believe that animals under our care should have the following “minimum” care:
- Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- Freedom from discomfort by providing animals with a natural, life-giving environment appropriate to their natural design.
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment, which avoid mental and physical suffering. We work with all our animals in a gently, loving manner that incorporates their natural instincts. We never scream, whoop, holler or poke.
It is a Personal Experience
Finally, when it comes time to process your birds we insure that each animal gets the utmost care and respect. Nothing is left to chance.
Does it Really Make A Difference?
Why all this care? Interestingly enough, animals that are mistreated have higher levels of stress hormones. This makes their meat tough and lowers concentrations of B-complex vitamins, zinc, copper, chromium and vitamins A, E and C.
Stress removes glycogen from muscles preventing lactic acid buildup that makes for more tender meat. Meats without this lactic acid buildup spoil more quickly and contains lower levels of antioxidants like glutathione, vitamin E and other nutrition that are absolutely crucial for your well-being and happiness.
So, treating animals humanely is more than just giving them a cute name. It is a complicated process that involves many, many facets. Much more complicated than your imagine - right. In fact, unless you’re into all of this there is no way you would know this.
No Short Cuts Here
There is a ton of difference between farms and farmers. And, its time you knew the differences.
As you can see, we’re into the details. We do not let any aspect go unattended. Your health and happiness depends on it.
We know what it takes to do it right and we do it. No short cuts here.
All of this care is very time consuming. However, we are going to do it right. That is our assurance to you that you are getting the best.
After all, you’re worth it - why settle for less?
Goose Pond Farm is a family owned farm providing knowledgeable, local consumers with the best pasture-raised, drug and chemicals free meats for over 20 years.
We are located at 298 Goose Pond Rd, Hartselle, AL 35640
If you have any question, please call 256-751-0987.