Kinloch Farm Inc.

Owner: Mike Peterson

The Plains, VA

daytime phone: (540) 272-5168
Web site:

Application Date: 2013-02-04

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
The owner of Kinloch Farm has desired to be apart of a naturally Grown certified program for the land and livestock. The CNG program will lead Kinloch Farm in a new direction.
Are you currently third party Certified for your livestock operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
Through CNG's website.
Your application will be reviewed AFTER we receive a valid Feed Declaration for your farm. We ask you to submit the Feed Declaration within ONE MONTH to ensure your application isn't denied. Check this box to indicate you understand this. *
How did you learn to farm, and for how long have you been farming for market? What has prepared you to farm successfully according to CNG standards? *

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total farm acreage to be used for pasture and feed crops *
Number of above acres that you own: *
Number of above acres that you lease: *
Do you have other acreage in "conventional" agricultural systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Other (please specify below):
If indicated, please specify how 'other' acres are used
Please check all items you grow and would like to market as Certified Naturally GrownTM (to certify produce, please complete the separate produce application) *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *

Please Specify Other Markets:
Kinloch Farm markets our grass beef cattle to others as breeding stock or finishing stock. We may direct market grass-finished beef in the future.

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Kinloch Farm's fields are all grazing pastures. The hay ground is used for grazing as well.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
Do you use Compost? *
Do you use Manure? *
Please note general sources of manure: *
Turkey and chicken litter is the manure sources we use.
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
One to two tons per acre of litter.
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s.
We do lime the fields at one to two tons per acre when needed.
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
Roundup WeatherMax and SWB 2,4-D LV4 were used to spot spray last spring 2012. These will not be used in the future.
Describe your primary weed problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient(s), what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
Our problem weeds are horsenettle,hemp dogbane,perilla mint,jimsonweed,wingstem,purpletop,thistle and multiflora rose. Over the last several years, we have installed water systems, fencing and other structural methods to facilitate the transition to a managed rotational grazing program. We anticipate that the new program will significantly reduce weed population in the pastures. Mowing will be used with special attention to stage of growth and seed productions. Flame weeding will also be included as part of our weed management systems.
Describe your primary plant pest problems and methods of control. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s, what kind of product it is (a soap, microbial, oil, a botanical...), and how often it's used. *
No control is used for plant pests.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
Do not irrigate.
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *

Livestock Management and Practices

Please list all livestock for which you seek certification by type/breed, and indicate how many of each are on the farm today (for example: belted galloways - 20, nubian goats - 5, orpington chickens - 7, frizzle chickens - 3) For animals that have not yet been stocked for the season (e.g. poultry or piglets) please estimate how many you expect to have on farm during the upcoming season. Only list livestock that are (or will be) managed according to CNG standards. *
300 to 400 black Angus cattle
I affirm that all livestock listed on this application are raised according to Certified Naturally Grown standards. I further affirm that I will not represent ANY livestock products as Certified Naturally Grown if they have not been raised according to the standards required by Certified Naturally Grown. Any livestock treated with antibiotics or other prohibited substances will be quarantined and sold separately. All livestock are fed feed grown according to CNG standards - without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and free of any genetically modified grains (GMOs). *
Have all the livestock been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or since hatching? *
If no, please list, for each type/breed for which you seek certification, the date since which all your livestock of that type have been managed according to CNG standards. For poultry, indicate whether they have been managed according to CNG standards since the second day of life. *
Black Angus cattle since 1/1/2013
I agree not to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock or livestock products that have not been under continuous CNG management for at least nine months (or in the case of diary products, for at least six months). I understand that if in the future I want to market as Certified Naturally Grown any livestock not named in this application, I may do so if the livestock has been raised according to CNG standards since the last third of gestation or, for poultry, the second day of life. Otherwise I shall contact CNG to obtain a variance. *
Give brief details of your rotation practice for each type and/or group of livestock. (E.g. heifers strip grazing behind electric fence moved daily, 28 day rotation, poultry rotated weekly - 3 pens.) *
The cattle are moved at times weekly but not daily. There is a number of factures that dictate as to how long a group will stay in any one place.
Do the animals listed above include cows, goats, sheep or other ruminants? *
Do your ruminant livestock obtain at least 30% of their dry matter intake from grazed forage during the growing season? *
Do the animals listed above include poultry? *
Do your livestock spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season? *
Is all feed grown according to Certified Naturally Grown standards (without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or post-harvest fungal treatments)? *
For all livestock you seek to certify, please provide more information about the feed. Is it grown locally for you? Purchased in bulk at a mill? Bagged at the feed store? Is it Certified Organic? What brand, if any? *
We feed a minimal amount of feed to our cattle to be used as teaser feed to assist in the moving of cattle. This is purchased from Countryside Organics. Hay is our primary feed supplement and it is grown here on the farm.
Do you buy in some feed? *
Will you be sure to submit a Feed Supplier Declaration within two weeks? (download it at Please note: when the big name brand companies say their feed is "Natural" that does not mean that they are grown according to CNG standards. It probably means they do not add antibiotics, which is a good start, but very likely the feed was grown with synthetic fertilizers and using genetically modified seeds. *
Describe your primary livestock pest problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
The transition to an intensively managed rotational grazing program is a procedural method that will help control common pests including flies and lice. Daily interaction with the herd will be required for the movement of cattle and will increase the likeliness of identifying infestations of lice earlier in the life cycle and allow for quarantime and treatment. We will build a policy of selecting for resistance and cull animals that are chronic sufferers. We will control face and stable fly by removal of waste hay by dispersion with harrowing, disperson of cow pies with harrowing, removal of hay from bale feeders to reduce fly larvae environments. We will also explore ways to increase animal access to wooded and shaded areas, particularly during the warmest months, where flies tend to not be as in heavy concentrations.
Describe your primary livestock disease problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
The improved rotational grazing program will hlep in the contrl of diseases that are common in our region such as foot rot, pink eye. Our rotational grazing provides full time access to space and open and reduces our cattle contact to disases causing bacteria. A Holistic approach to disease control will be used such as the use of organic apple cider vinegar, kelp, diatomaceous earth and dried garlic as part of our mineral and feed supplement program to reduce internal and external parasites.
Provide details of all livestock owned by you, or grazed on your land, that are treated and quarantined on your property *
All cattle are individually identified with ether a numbered ear tag or ear tattoo or both. Our cattle management software allows us to track and keep records on any treated animal.

Seeds and Buffers

Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
Please describe your buffer. Be specific. On all sides, how far is it from your livestock pasture to the next closest use (i.e. road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Specify what is grown on neighboring land in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from a blueberry farm, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
There are no residential areas or conventional crop farming near us. Some roadways are 25 to 50 feet from the pastures. Neighboring land is fallow fields and wooded areas.


Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that livestock not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another ranch or farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same rancher or farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown livestock certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We are just getting started with CNG and have a lot to learn.