We have been listening to what our customers want—and don’t want—in their food. We believe that by raising our turkeys without growth-promoting antibiotics, we can provide a wholesome product at an affordable price that people will feel even better about feeding their families.
“… we made a commitment to both human and animal health, eliminating the use of all growth promotants.”
U.S. law prohibits the use of added hormones and steroids in poultry. U.S. law allows for the use of certain growth-promoting antibiotics in poultry as long as they are discontinued prior to processing and no residue remains in the poultry. Previously, it was common industry practice, and is still allowed by U.S. law, that certain antibiotics that had growth-promoting qualities were given in low doses to turkeys in their food for extended periods of time. Many companies still use these to speed turkeys to market. However, for Shady Brook Farms® turkey, we made a commitment to both human and animal health and chose to eliminate the use of all growth promotants in all of our turkeys beginning in 2014. Our veterinarians and farmers are committed to preserving the therapeutic benefits of antibiotics for disease treatment for humans and animals- antibiotics are used only when needed for the treatment or prevention of illness. We do not want to put antibiotic effectiveness at risk for the unnecessary purpose of promoting growth.
All our flocks are raised without growth-promotants, and a poultry dietician formulates the feed so that it is properly balanced with important nutrients that are needed most for each phase of life. Many of our turkey products are “All Natural,” meaning minimally processed, with no additives and no artificial ingredients, and you can see this in the simple, clean ingredient statement on the packages.