Minka Farm Beef is certified Grassfed by Animal Welfare Approved. Our cattle are raised on pasture all year long and only eat grass, hay (dried grass) and minerals. They do not receive hormones or antibiotics to help them grow faster than they should. If an animal is ill enough to require antibiotics, they will receive them to maintain quality of life, but will not be sold with the antibiotic-free animals. Because our animals are kept on pasture outdoors their entire lives, we have rarely had to use antibiotics.
In addition, we are part of a program run by the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine that has, since 2013, surveyed our cattle annually for intestinal parasites which can negatively impact the overall health of the animals. Many farms use dewormers to control intestinal parasites, but our animals have not needed treatment thanks to the fact that we rotate our cattle through the pastures in such a way that makes it difficult for the parasites to survive and reproduce.