Norsk Farm

Frequently Asked Questions


Is your meat Organic?

We are in the process of transitioning all of our farm’s land to organic. This is a lengthy process but we currently have about 80% of it is certified and the rest will be by 2014. For an animal to be certified its mother has to eat organic feed for the last trimester of her pregnancy. Although we follow all organic practices on our animals they will not be certified for a while.

Are the chickens and pigs “Grass-fed”?

The short answer is no, but they are pastured. Because chickens and pigs are not ruminants they need some grain to survive. We have found that with good management chickens and pigs will eat a lot of grass though. We move our meat chickens to new grass multiple times each day and our pigs get to dig in as much dirt, and eat as much grass, as they want.

What do you feed the “Grass-fed” animals in the winter?

Unfortunately, we have about five months of every year that we can’t graze our animals. In these months they are fed dry grass hay and balage. We make balage by baling the grass when it is still wet. We then use a machine to wrap the bales in plastic. This makes a fermented feed that the animals love!

Is the grain you use Non-GMO?

We feel strongly that plants should not be “Genetically-Modified.” All the seeds we plant on our farm are “non-GMO”. One of the biggest concerns for Organic farmers is the “drift” of Genetically Modified pollen on to organic crops. We maintain buffer strips between our neighbor’s farms to help eliminate this problem on our farm. We purchase Flax because it has not been Genetically Modified.

Do you butcher your own animals

No. We do not have a licensed butchering plant on our farm. Most of our processing is done by Beck’s Meats from Kaukauna, WI. We chose them because they did a nice job of packaging and were one of the few processors who do “nitrate-free” smoking. We wouldn’t want to ruin a quality meat product by putting bad stuff into it.

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