Niman Ranch began in the early 1970’s on an eleven-acre ranch in a small coastal town just north of San Francisco. The cattle were raised using traditional, humane husbandry methods and given wholesome all-natural feeds. Today, the Niman Ranch network has grown to include over 720 independent farmers and ranchers across America. All of the farmers within Niman Ranch are held to the highest standards to ensure all livestock are treated with the utmost care.
The application and requirements to become a Niman Ranch hog farmer is 12 pages long. Within the application are detailed stipulations regarding to how the animals are treated, what their surrounds must have, what they are to be fed and that the use of growth hormones, anitibiotics and gestation crates and or tethering are strictly prohibited.
As of September 2016 all of Niman Ranch farmers have been Certified Humane. This means the farms, ranches, harvest facilities, processing locations and co-packers have been audited by the Certified Humane® Auditors to meet the Humane Farm Animal Care Animal Care Standards.
The care these ranchers take for their livestock is apparent in the end product. This is why top chefs across the united states and high end retailers choose to sell their proteins. Find a selection of prepared meats and select cuts in our meat department.