Riley’s Ranch organic pork and beef North Carolina

Riley’s Ranch is a 75 acre family farm located in Moore County North Carolina. Our current stock consists of registered Shorthorn cattle, registered Large Black hogs, Tamworth hogs 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 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 goat whey from a local farm 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, chickens, cows, and pigs 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 pigs lead a very happy life, and can be pigs; our chickens can be chickens, and our cows can be cows, just as God intended!

We sell registered Large Black Hog piglets at 8 weeks of age to help promote this rare breed.  We sell USDA inspected, AWA approved vacuum packed cuts of pastured pork and heritage eggs by appointment at the farm or at Sandhills Farmer’s Market of Pinehurst, NC. Riley’s Ranch products are 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 2014 we will offer pasture raised beef as well.

Organic Beef and Pork North Carolina