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Testing & Traceability

We're commited to testing and traceability

• The food production system has natural feedback loops that allow us to measure our progress towards our value of improving human health

•  The more of these feedback loops that we understand and measure the better choices we can make about how to achieve nutrient density of our products

•  Testing feedback loops requires that we also have a traceability system that we can monitor the progress of that product through our production process

• Most Food production occurs without paying adequate attention to these feedback loops or traceability

We’ve identified Key feedback loops in our production process that we test to ensure that the soil, plants, animals and products are optimized with your health in mind. We also track each of our products from our soil to your plate.

The only way to know is to Test!

We test our beef production at 6 different points as feedback to ensure that our process is working to provide the best outcomes for human and environmental health.

But don’t other farms do testing?  How is Peony Farms different?

Most beef farmers, if they are doing any testing at all, are doing the standard soil and feed testing.  We do that and more!

Soil Testing

Most Farms that do soil testing are using a hard acid soil test which oxidizes the nutrients in the soil and gives a static picture of soil health and nutrition.  The problem is that soil is not static. We use a soil test that will show us the dynamic nature of the soil.  This test uses reduction chemistry to allow us to see a much broader set of nutrition information as well as the relationships that are occurring between them in the soil.

SAP Testing

Most farms are guessing at the nutrition of their plants based off of their soil tests.  We do regular testing of our plant leaves using a SAP test to make sure that our plants are healthy and getting all that they need.   This way we can also make adjustments to their nutrition throughout each growing season to make them as healthy as possible.

Genetic Testing

Our beef is consistent and healthy because of the Piedmontese genetics that are used to produce it.  So we test to ensure that our bulls have the Piedmontese tenderness gene which makes a consistently great eating experience and also contributes a healthy Omega fatty acid profile.

mans hands holding forage blend silage

Feed Testing

Most farms that do feed testing are guessing at what the information means based off of research on average animal requirements.  We don’t have a different method of testing our cattle feed but we do test every year and then we do follow up liver testing to make sure that the animals get what they need.

Liver Testing

Working with our nutritionist and vet we take a representative sample of our animals and the vet takes a small, quick, painless sample from the livers. These samples get sent off to a lab and tested for key nutrient and health criteria.  This way we can ensure that our animals are getting what they need to be as healthy as possible

Product Testing

Not many people are testing their final products.  We have sent our first samples off to the Bionutrient food association for their Beef nutrient density study to develop the criteria for Nutrient density in beef.  Once this baseline is established we will test our products against this baseline to ensure that our products are leaders in nutrient density.

Traceability

We track each of our products from the soil all the way to your plate to ensure that you are getting the benefits of our rigorous testing process every single time!