As we meet with South Carolineans and discuss our products and our philosophy, we naturally encounter a variety of questions. We've included some of the most frequently asked questions here for your information. We welcome your questions and we'll even include some of the best questions here for everyeone to read. So, feel free to contact us with any inquiry you might have.
What do you feed your chickens?
A combination of corn, soy beans, oats and with a trace mineral pre-mix added (100% righteous). The hog and chicken feed is grown and milled in Campobello, SC by a local farmer.
What breeds of animals do you raise?
Cattle: moderate-framed English breeds
Sheep: Katahdin and Dorper
Pigs: at least 50% Berkshire; other 50% could be some combo of Tamworth, Poland China, and Spots
Chicken: Cornish Rock cross
How often do you check on the producers to insure they are following to the protocol?
Before the producers are ever signed up with us, we develop a relationship with them and meet with them at least twice.
Also, we are not dealing with large farms. These are small farmers with values similar to our own who are more concerned with keeping their farms than they are with the almighty dollar.
How does Native Meats choose processing facilities and ensure that the animals are treated humanely?
Though the facilities are chosen partly based on their ability to provide us with a constant, consistent product, we are careful to make sure that their processes meet our own high standards.
All of our processors are certified humane. Additionally, Native Meats' owner has visited each facility and has verified their practices.
Kingstree: chicken, beef, lamb and pork processor
Northwest Meat Center: beef and lamb processor.
Does Native Meats sell soup bones or other raw/meaty bones and/or organs?
We sell dog food, which is ground up chicken parts (mainly backs) and that has some bone in it. We can get soup bones for the customer if we have some lead time on the request ($2.99/lb).
How much meat can a 2-person household expect to consume in a year?
According to a 2005 study, the average American consumes 183 lbs. of meat annually, so that would put a 2-person household at 366 lbs. in a year.
Does 100% grass-fed actually mean 100% grass-fed?
The diet of our beef and lamb is 100% grass and good quality stored forage/hay. The hay sustains them when there is no grass and balances their diet during the spring and fall flush.
What is Certified South Carolina?
Certified South Carolina is the Palmetto State's new brand of locally grown and processed products. Certified SC Grown brands grown products and Certified SC Product brands processed and value-added products.