GROWING REQUIREMENTS

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Cattle Requirements

  • All the cattle selected for the program must be from genetically superior and healthy cows
  • The breeds of cattle that are selected for the program must be exotic in nature, as to ensure the end customer with a lean, tender and palatable eating experience.
  • he cattle are age verified less than 24 months, to help guarantee that the beef will be tender, flavorful and BSE free.

Calf/Yearling Growing Requirements

Norpac's natural program stipulates certain vaccinations, supplements, and practices for bovine growing requirements. All of these requirements need to be addressed at the proper stages of the animal's growth cycle so as to guarantee proper effectiveness and top notch health.

These are the health protocols to be administered to calves prior to cattle finishing:

Pre-weaning (calf)

  • Clostridial (7 way or 8 way)
  • Vista Once SQ and Vision 7 Somnus to calves over two months of age
  • Castration

Weaning (calf)

  • Clostridial (7 way or 8 way)
  • Vista Once SQ and Vision 7 Somnus at weaning and four weeks later
  • Internal / External parasite control
  • Weaned 30 - 45 days

Yearlings

  • Clostridial (7 way or 8 way)
  • Boost with Vista Once SQ and Vision 7 Somnus
  • Internal / External Parasite Control

Husbandry protocols

  • All animals involved in the Norpac Ranch Natural program must be raised in the finest quality facilities so as to ensure a clean healthy living environment that protects the animals from harsh environmental conditions.
  • These facilities must have:
    • Fresh clean bedding
    • Adequate animal space
    • High air quality
    • A caring friendly environment
    • Proper lighting
    • Superior handling facilities

Cow/Calf feeding protocols

  • No growth hormones
  • No antibiotics
  • All cattle must be on a Norpac certified feed that is superior in nature
  • All cattle are fed on a free choice feed system

Finishing/ Feed Requirements

  • No growth hormones
  • No antibiotics
  • All cattle must be vegetarian fed
  • All cattle must be on a healthy high quality corn based diet
  • All cattle are to be fed a minimum of 500 IU of vitamin E per head per day for at least 100 days before slaughter
  • There must be a free choice vitamin and mineral system

Norpac ensures the cattle have obtained certification through on farm inspections and visual feed documentation.