How We Raise Our Animals
How are our animals raised?
In the Summer our chickens are raised free range on pasture with shelters that are moved daily onto fresh grass. The birds have lots of room to run while still having the shelters to give them shade from the sun and protection from the rain. In the winter the birds are raised inside to protect them from the cold Alberta winters. They are given ample room to move around and express natural behaviours in barns that have lots of windows to provide natural sunlight.
The turkeys are raised on pasture in large movable shelters that are moved daily. This provides them with shade, shelter and lots of access to green grass. In the winter they are raised inside where they are given lots of room to move around.
Our hens are raised free run in movable shelters that are moved daily onto fresh green grass in the summer.In the winter the hens are brought inside and given lots of space to run around, clean bedding.They are fed certified organic grains. No chemical wash or sealants are used when cleaning the eggs. The eggs are large and brown with nice yellow yolks that are filled with goodness.
Our beef is 100 % grass finished. Our cattle are time controlled grazed in the summer and are fed organic hay on the pasture in the winter.
Our pigs are raised on the pasture. They are free to eat the grass and be in the fresh air and sunshine.
All of our sausages, bacon, ham’s and deli meats contain only certified organic meat, certified organic spices and certified organic maple syrup or honey. We believe that you should know exactly what you’re eating without having to get out the dictionary or be a chemist. All of our speciality meats are Celiac safe and common allergen free.
Why Certified Organic?
Organic farming has always been the foundation of our philosophy.
Our family strongly feels that chemicals and medications that are fed to animals or are applied to the land and crops, end up in our bodies. The effects of ingesting these toxins is showing in the health of the general population.
We know that food can be grown, and animals raised, without these unnatural inputs and want to offer that choice to the consumer.
Certified Organic is your assurance that the product has complied with the Canadian Organic Standards and that we have been inspected to ensure that we are following the standard.
Certified Organic includes:
- No chemical pesticides, herbicides
- No GMO’s
- The promotion of diversity and soil health
- A higher standard of animal welfare.
- No Antibiotics
- No Growth Hormones
We believe that organic is better for your health, the animal’s health and the health of the environment.
Why BC SPCA Certified.
We are certified humane by the BC SPCA. This means that we are inspected yearly to ensure that we meet the requirements and standards of the BC SPCA farm certification program.
By buying BCSPCA certified humane products you know that the meat that you are purchasing came from an animal that was treated humanely and with respect. The BCSPCA program is based on the five freedoms of animal welfare: Freedom from hunger and thirst; Freedom from pain, injury, and disease; Freedom from distress; Freedom from discomfort; Freedom to express behaviors that promote well-being. We strongly believe that animals should be treated with respect from birth through death.
Why are your animal’s grass fed?
When we feed animals their original diet, we are feeding them food that is most in harmony with their digestive system. This naturally produces healthier animals.
Meat and eggs from grass-fed animals supplies our bodies with a natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, CLA and Beta-Carotene.
All our beef is 100% grass fed. Our chickens, turkeys, laying hens, and pork, are all raised on pasture in the summer and fed free choice certified organic grains. In the winter the poultry is brought inside and are fed certified organic alfalfa. Our pigs remain outside are fed certified organic hay and alfalfa with free choice grain. Our beef remain outside and are fed certified organic hay.
Why are our products Celiac Safe and Allergy Free?
We, the Hamilton Family are Celiac’s and have severe food allergies. For this reason we only make products that are as pure and simple as possible.
All Sunworks Farm sausages, hot dogs, bacon and deli meats are nitrate, nitrite, sulfite, sulfate, MSG, egg, wheat, nut, corn and dairy free.
All our sausages, bacon and deli meats contain just certified organic meat, certified organic spices and certified organic maple syrup or certified organic honey.