Raise pastured livestock in an ecological and humanitarian manner that provides our customers with a high quality nutritionally superior product
Transparency – provide customers with complete transparency of how we raise livestock, process, and deliver foodResponsibility – “own” all our actions and products that impact our customers, employees, livestock, and environmentSafety – minimize risk to employees, livestock, and customers by taking all appropriate safety measures and avoiding “shortcuts.”Respect – recognize and reconcile differences in knowledge, talents, and opinions to formulate optimal solutions and strategies to fulfill our mission and vision
Produce grass-fed American Bison, pastured pork, and pastured poultry (chicken) in a sustainable, regenerative, and profitable manner becoming an example and model for sustainable ranching/farming in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern region of the United States
Mountain State Farm will:
Continually strive toward the preservation, promotion and marketing of bison and the bison industry.
Advance the bison industry through improving our knowledge and skill, encouraging research and exchanging information and experiences.
Keep ourselves informed on matters affecting the bison industry in our community, the state, the nation and internationally so that we may be able to contribute responsibly to public thinking on such matters.
Pursue our professional activities with honesty and fairness while avoiding and condemning any practice that might bring discredit to our industry.
Respect and help conserve our natural and cultural heritage while striving to improve the environment and the quality of life within it.
Conduct business in a professional manner with accurate, current, and factual information so as educate and inform.
Abide by all laws of any jurisdiction within which they carry on activities as bison producers. This includes no use of growth hormones in bison.
Not use antibiotics in bison on a subtherapeutic (non-therapeutic) basis.
Never engage in deliberate cross-breeding of bison with another species.
Not knowingly make false statements or fail to disclose a material fact requested in connection with marketing, advertising, and packaging.
This includes accurate labeling and no adulteration of product.
Observe the Bylaws of the Association and give freely of ourselves for the advancement of its objectives.
Provide adequate food, handling facilities and health care to ensure the well being of animals in care.
Not use animal cloning technology in any manner for the production of bison or bison meat products.
Not practice in-vitro fertilization or other artificial reproduction practices for any purpose other than scientific research.
Not deliver any animal into the custody of a person who in the opinion of the member does not have the facilities or ability to provide for the animals’ needs.
Give an honest description as to the age, health records and genetic background to the best of their knowledge of any animals they offer for sale.
Take precautions as necessary to prevent the spread of parasites or disease and treat sick or injured animals immediately to avoid undue suffering and if untreatable, humanely dispatch animals as soon as possible.
William Henry Given farms the 281 acre farm in the Birch District raising 10 acres of wheat, 8 acres, of corn, 6 acres of soy beans, 1/4 acre of potatoes, and 85 acres of meadow. On 60 acres of pasture he has a purebred bull and 26 purebred cows and calves. Additionally, Henry has 16 ewes with 20 lambs, one brood sow, two sholes, and a purebred O.I.C. sow.
2020 was the year Mountain State Farm was legally formed and purchased American Bison and chickens to raised pastured poultry. The year kicked off with replacing 4 miles of fence, reestablishing multiple water sources, and adding access roads in preparation for the bison. Additionally, 2 chicken tractors were constructed to raise Cornish Cross chicks for the pastured poultry operation. The first Cornish Cross chicks arrived in April and were put out to pasture in May. Shortly, after the first load of American Bison bulls arrived from Goodnight, Texas at the end of June. Another load of American Bison bulls arrived from Brownwood, Texas for a total of 15 bulls. Later in the year a trip to Virginia brought 12 feeder pigs to the farm adding to the 2 smi-ferral pigs captured in early November. The year ended with a trip in November to pick up 11 bred cows from Elizabeth, Colorado from the R&L Ranch.