Animals thrive and the environment benefits when livestock grazes, browses, or forages for much of its diet.

Conservation Practices for Livestock

  • Fencing out of Sensitive Areas
  • Grazing Management Plan
  • Integrated Pest Management Plan
  • Nutrient Management Plan
  • Water & Sediment Control
  • Erosion Control
  • Pasture, Forage, & Organic Feed
  • Living Field Border
  • Forage & Biomass Planting
  • Riparian Herbaceous Cover
  • Energy Conservation

Requirements for Livestock

Must be within 150 miles of St. Louis (special considerations can be made)

Animals cannot live in confinement.

Livestock must spend as much time outdoors on pasture as weather and stewardship allow. Temporary shelter may be used during winter months with use of deep bedding or other methods to absorb nitrogen and prevent it from entering our waterways.

Never use conventional herbicides or synthetic fertilizers on pastures or hayfields (unless required by a government-funded conservation program such as the Conservation Stewardship Program)

Antibiotics, parasiticides, and other pharmaceuticals are allowed to be used therapeutically and only in response to disease, infestation, or injury. No added hormones or synthetic growth promotants.

Animals are loaded on trailers and slaughtered without use of electric prods, transportation to slaughter house should be a clean environment with minimal travel time.

Feed Requirements

Required : If feeding grain or feed diet, feed should not contain domestic animal byproducts (includes but is not limited to: animal waste, meat, blood, bones, hair, hooves, and feathers), arsenic, or growth promotants.

Recommended :

  • Beef: 100% grass fed/pasture-raised
  • Poultry and Hogs: Pasture supplemented with organic grain
  • Goats and Sheep: 100% grass fed/pasture-raised

Recommended : Non-GMO feed is preferred when organic feed is unavailable

Living Environment

Required : Animals must not be confined, and should be rotated from pasture to pasture in warm seasons. Winter shelter may be provided with deep bedding for nitrogen absorption.

Recommended : Farmers should follow a written foraging plan as closely as possible to allow for regrowth of pastures and to disrupt life cycles of parasites.

Conservation Practices for Bees

  • Adequate access to nectar
  • Hives are exposed to 5 hours of sunlight
  • Hives are well ventilated
  • Bees have access to clean water within 1/2 mile of their hives
  • Top bar hives
  • An acre of forage available per hive within 3 miles
  • No synthetic chemical use on property (required)
  • No white sugar as feed
  • Hives are 150 miles from STL (required)
Golden Beet

The Golden Beet is our designation for farms that go above and beyond the standards for joining Known & Grown STL.