Pieter Prinsloo and his family raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) and Certified Non-GMO by AGW beef cattle at Langside Meats in Queenstown, South Africa. The farm is located in the upper reaches of the Black Kei River basin around the town of Queenstown situated centrally in the Eastern Cape Province.
The cattle at Langside Meats are rotationally managed, grazing one section of pasture before being moved to fresh fields. This type of management allows grass to recover before cows return to graze again; it also keeps the soil properly fertilised and minimises the build-up of internal parasites, thereby avoiding reliance on chemical treatments.
In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the cattle herd at Langside Meats is Certified Non-GMO by AGW. Developed at the request of farmers and consumers seeking a meaningful non-GMO label, Certified Non-GMO by AGW guarantees food is produced without the use of genetically modified feed, supplements or ingredients, and comes from animals raised according to the highest animal welfare standards using sustainable agriculture methods.
The team at Langside Meats explains that conserving natural resources and looking after the welfare of their animals is the most important aspect of their farming practices. “We consider ourselves nature’s partners because cattle production has the potential to restore the grasslands,” says Pieter. “Growing out the cattle in our 3-year system allows for recovery and regeneration of the natural grasslands. It is great for both the animals and for conservation.”
Along with outdoor access, the beef cattle at Langside Meats are also raised with the highest welfare standards available, as verified by their AGW certification. “We respect and trust A Greener World. Our animals are raised on the veld for their entire lives and we are using sustainable and high welfare practices. We conserve our natural environment as our most important non-negotiable priority and promote this every day!”
Langside Meats also started the Langside Meats Veld-Raised Beef producer group of cattle ranchers in the Queenstown district of the Eastern Cape. The Langside Meats Veld-Raised Beef producer group is the first on the continent to be Certified Non-GMO by AGW. Langside Meats’ participating cattle farms were recently audited for all three of A Greener World’s highly regarded labels: Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. The latter two are optional, additional accreditations for Animal Welfare Approved producers–meaning AGW’s grassfed and non-GMO labels have the added assurance of the highest animal welfare standards as a foundation.
Langside Meats sells their Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Non-GMO beef to restaurants, retailers, and food processors throughout the region. Langside Meats also sources beef from the following Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Non-GMO producers: Prinsloo Farming, H Wentzel, MG Corbett, JC Landman, F du Plessis and GK Landman. For more information about Langside Meats visit langsidemeats.co.za.