Our Eco Halal Meat Project
In response to customer inquiry over the years we have begun raising animals to meet the needs of Muslims and others who are concerned about the source of their meat.
In the first year, we will offer both certified organic as well as pasture raised meats until we are able to offer certified organic meats only.
Question: What is the difference between “natural,” “pasture raised,” and organic meats?
Answer: Organic rules require that animals be pastured and have access to the outdoors. Natural and pasture raised are generally not a program that is monitored by any outside agencies so that the terms (“natural,” “pasture raised”) can mean anything as each individual producer is free to raise animals in a manner that they see fit.
Question: How do I know if I am getting a pasture raised animal and what is the difference between pasture raised and grain fed meats?
Answer: It is difficult to know what you are getting by observation as the quality of the meat in terms of quality of proteins and fat is mostly observed through laboratory analysis. For more on the difference between pasture raised and grain fed meats go to:
Buyer beware is necessary as there are farmers that are not honest about their practices. You need to know and trust your farmer as anyone can cheat.
Question: What is Halal?
Answer: Halal literally means lawful (from a religious perspective) according to Islamic jurisprudence. In the case of animals, Islamic law guarantees animals certain rights such as the right to live a minimum amount of time. It is also guaranteed care, the right to offspring, and the right to a dignified death. Islamic laws also offers the concept of Tayyib which means pure and good. For example, blood meal is used as a feed ingredient for many animal feed rations. For Muslims this at least violates the Tayyib rule as well as the Jallalah ruling. http://ingredients101.com/bloodmeal.htm will explain more about blood meal. Most people are not aware of what goes on in the agricultural industry let alone the full breadth of what Halal entails. Just one gruesome example of what happens at a significant number of so called Halal slaughtering facilities in the U.S. is that lambs are hung alive from their leg and then slaughtered. This is unacceptable and cruel treatment and thus not Halal.
Question: Why is the cost of organic and pasture raised meats higher than grocery store meats?
Answer: Depending on the species, the costs of raising a pasture raised animal can be significantly higher. Some species such as poultry eat much less grass than a lamb for example. The cost of certified organic grain and small scale management of livestock can be higher than that of an industrial scale produced animal that is grown using a “least cost ration.”
What we offer.
We will be offering true Halal pasture raised based meats from chickens, turkeys, lamb, goat, and beef. The primary operators of Norwich Meadows Farm are practicing Muslims and the managing owner has studied and worked in agriculture for the majority of his adult life.