Positive Ecological Impacts
Our straw and cornstalk bedding is aerobically composted and spread on local certified organic agricultural fields. Our facilities and operations do not adversely impact childhood asthma rates or respiratory infection rates as University studies have shown to be the case with confinement barns. Our practices do not create liquid manure, therefore we do not store liquid manure in lagoons that all too frequently rupture and contaminate hundreds of miles of rivers and streams annually.
There are real concerns about the health and environmental impacts of GMO foods. People can debate this topic, but those who have looked into the issue know that it is extremely complex. We believe the implications of growing and eating GMOs must be studied more by independent scientists who do not have an incentive to produce particular results. What we do know is that some of the chemicals used in GMO cultivation have caused health and environmental issues. We also recognize that many consumers have profound concerns about GM crops. We have therefore chosen non GM grain for our animals.
The smell and negative health impacts from CAFOs has devastated the quality of life of tens of thousands of rural land owners. Studies have shown marked increases in childhood asthma within a two mile radius of confinement barns. A number of other respiratory illnesses are also associated with living near confinement buildings. Once friendly neighbors have too often become hostile, feuding litigants. The very fabric of rural culture in the heartland is at risk from these types of agricultural practices.
Bedded pigs with access to outdoors and an aerobic manure management systems produce greatly reduced smells and allow for the humane treatment of animals. There are no ill effects on children’s health or other negative health impacts, no volatile organic compounds and no manure spills with this type of management system.
I.P.I.C at Iowa State University
"Pig comfort is increased with well-managed bedding packs. Bedding allows pigs to alter the temperature they experience. Areas within a bedding pack will begin to compact and can become very warm, a great advantage in the winter. Alternatively, other spots remain cooler and spreading out into these areas allows pigs to cool themselves. Bedding provides a combination of potential benefits to sows and growing pigs such as nutrition, thermal regulation, physical comfort and environmental enrichment." Read all the IPIC recommendations for bedding.