Q: Why did you go into Farming?
A: I grew up on a farm as a kid and lived in a farming community. Therefore, I developed a love for farming and it just seemed natural.
Q: Why support local farms that are free-range and free-run?
- It is more ethical. Animals are meant to have space to roam and enjoy themselves.
- Money stays in the community/province.
- The distance the food travels to market is usually less than what you find in your local grocery store.
- The animals are not given antibiotics, additives, or growth hormones. They are 100 per cent natural which is better for you, your children, and the environment.
Q: What is the difference between free-run and free-range animals?
- Free-run animals are in open pens where they are given space to run and roam free.
- Free-range animals have access to grass fields where they can graze the land.
Q: What animals are free-range and what animals are free-run at Windy View Farm?
- Cows are free-range year-round.
- Chickens are free-range with access to the barn for wet and windy days.
- Turkeys are free-range with access to the barn for wet and windy days.
- Pigs are free-run.
- Lamb are both free-range and free-run because of the harsh winter.
Q: What do you feed your chickens?
A: We feed our chickens all-natural grain which comes from the local feed supplier. This means that there is no meat meal, antibiotics, or steroids in the grain that we feed our chickens.
Q: How many chickens do you raise?
A: We typically raise 3,000 to 4,000 chickens during each growing season (April to October). This ensures a steady supply to our markets year-round.
Q: What do you feed your cows?
A: All cattle are turned out to pasture during the warmer months. In the winter, they remain outside but are fed hay and silage. The cattle used for our products are also fed corn.
Q: How many cows do you have at any given time?
A: We typically have 45 cows, 45 calves, and 45-50 steers and heifers on the farm.
Q: What do you feed your pigs?
A: We feed our pigs all-natural hog starter and grower from the local feed supplier. This feed has no growth hormones, additives, or antibiotics.
Q: How many pigs do you raise at any given time?
A: We have 20 sows (mothers), 1 boar, 100 wiener pigs, and 100 grower pigs. Annually, we typically raise 450 hogs.
Q: What are the lambs fed?
A: The lambs are fed silage, hay, and barley mix. During the warmer months, they are turned out to pasture.
Q: What are the turkeys fed?
A: The turkeys are fed an all-natural turkey ration.
Q: How many turkeys do you raise?
A: We raise 350 turkeys during the growing season (April-October).