Antibiotics, Hormones & Steroids
NO ANTIBIOTICS. NO HORMONES. NO STEROIDS.
We’re committed to raising the livestock and poultry we depend on responsibly. That means no added hormones, no added steroids, and using antibiotics only when needed and prescribed by a veterinarian.
Finding alternatives to antibiotics
Our antibiotic alternatives include essential oils and botanicals — like oregano, thyme, yucca and peppers — in our broiler chicken production. We also use probiotics — like the good bacteria found in yogurt — as another antibiotic alternative to help with the chickens’ digestive health. We’re making significant progress in eliminating the use of antibiotics that are also important to human health from chicken production.
We have ongoing efforts with independent farmers and others in the company’s cattle, hog and turkey supply chains to discuss ways to reduce the use of human antibiotics on cattle, hog and turkey farms.
For consumers who want meat from farm animals that have never been given antibiotics for any purpose, we offer a line of all natural (no artificial ingredients, vegetarian diet, minimally processed) chicken under the Nature Raised Farms® brand and choices in beef through our Open Prairie® Natural Angus and Natural Pork brands.
Open Prairie Natural Angus® beef is also a great choice for consumers who want beef from animals that have never been given growth promoting hormones (birth to harvest).
See our 2016 Sustainability Report