Entrance 3Riley’s Ranch is a 75 acre family farm located in Moore County North Carolina. Our current stock consists of registered Shorthorn cattle and free range heritage chickens. Nestled in the beautiful Sandhills, our animals are treated with the utmost respect and receive the best of care.  We actually have proof of this with our recent Animal Welfare Approved certification. AWA is the most highly regarded food label when it comes to animal welfare, pasture-based farming, and sustainability. That is what Riley’s Ranch is all about. We have sold our herd of Large Black and Tamworth hogs but may get back into that aspect of farming in the future, but for now will focus on cattle and chickens while David starts his new company, Riley Power Group.

We are dedicated to the use of sustainable farming practices which include rotational grazing on our fresh pastures and woodlands with access to natural spring water, the use of compost on our gardens and pastures instead of dangerous chemical fertilizers, and the use of spent grains from a local brewery as a natural supplement for our hogs’ diet.  We strive to minimalize any land or water contamination on our farm by avoiding the use of pesticides and by using strategic fencing around our ponds.  We have selected animals that are good foragers and are planting crops that are indigenous to our area or do well in our climate, with no antibiotics, hormones, or chemicals added to our animal’s diets.

All farm animals have a personality and lifestyle unique to their breed that are not allowed to be expressed in over-crowded commercial livestock operations. Simply put, animals are not allowed to be themselves in those operations, and are forced to live in unnatural conditions requiring genetic engineering and the daily use of antibiotics and hormones to produce an animal that can survive. That is one of the reasons why you hear so many older folks complain that the meats of today taste nothing like the meats they grew up eating—less flavorful and in some cases less tender.

An important part of an animal’s health, wherever it is raised, is never to be forced to live in it’s own waste. When the animal is free from this condition and allowed to graze, the daily use of antibiotics is unnecessary, and the health of the animal is improved. Conversely, animal waste is an important part of sustainable farming and indeed when managed properly can enrich the quality of the pastures of a farm by providing valuable nutrients back into the soil.  We do this at our farm by composting our animal’s waste and spreading it back onto the pastures. Here at Riley’s Ranch our cows lead a very happy life, and can be cows; our chickens can be chickens,  just as God intended!

  We sell USDA inspected, AWA approved vacuum packed cuts of pastured pork from the Large Black hogs that were raised on our farm and heritage eggs by appointment at the farm or at Sandhills Farmer’s Market of Pinehurst, NC. Riley’s Ranch products have been featured at select local restaurants including Ashten’s of Southern Pines, NC and Elliotts on Linden of Pinehurst, NC. Our pasture raised sausage is also featured at Southern Whey of Southern Pines NC and Elliott’s Provision Company of Pinehurst, NC. In 2015 we will offer pasture raised beef as well.

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