Glen Mary Farm - Schmidt Family - St. Mary's County Maryland

Southern Maryland Meats Products

Southern Maryland Meats product line includes: Beef, Pork, Poultry (Chicken, Guinea Hens, and Turkey), Lamb, Goat, and Rabbit.

All products are produced/raised in the five Southern Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges and St. Mary's. Some farms are able to custom-grow or custom process their animals. Contact the individual farms for more information.

The Southern Maryland Meats Standard

Each farm raises, feeds and finishes its animals according to its own style and preference, however, to use the SMM brand, the farm must pledge to uphold strict standards of quality and humane care, and to use clearly defined terms (see glossary below) when marketing its product. Each animal is raised and processed according to our high quality standards to ensure the finest meat locally produced. To use the SMM logo, farmers agree to uphold official quality standards (read our full standards below).

Southern Maryland Meats Consumer Beef Buying Guide

Consumer Resources

Buying local meat should be simple. That's why Southern Maryland Meats has created these helpful consumer resources. Understand the local meats our farmers produce, how to use a "cut sheet" for custom orders, and why frozen meats are a smart and healthy choice.

Download and print these tri-fold brochures:

Buying Local Beef

Buying Local Goat

Buying Local Lamb

Buying Local Pork

Additional Consumer Resources:

How to Use a Cut Sheet

Why Frozen Meat

Standards

Southern Maryland Meats Full Standards

Participation in Southern Maryland Meats (SMM) program is voluntary. Farmers in SMM must agree to the following general standards when marketing their meats through the SMM program and are eligible to use the SMM logo and display cases.

Meats for retail sale to stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets are slaughtered and processed at USDA-inspected facilities and compliant with DHMH On-Farm Processor license requirements.

Poultry and Rabbits for retail sale to stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets are slaughtered and processed at farms certified and licensed by Maryland Department of Agriculture for On-Farm Poultry/Rabbit Processing.

Southern Maryland Meats participants agree to uphold the following standards.

ALL SPECIES

If a feeder animal is finished in Southern MD AND is finished and processed according to the Southern MD Meats guidelines, it can be accepted under the Southern MD Meats label.

Humane treatment: Feed containing mammalian-derived protein sources is not permitted, with the exception of milk and milk-derived products.

Consistent labeling: Correct use of the terms “grass-fed”, “grass-finished”, “corn-fed”, corn-finished” in product labeling.

Strict standards: No antibiotics administered unless medically necessary. No growth implants.

CATTLE

Internal Standards:

  • Less than 30 months of age (for both grain or grass-fed animals)
  • Dry-aged only (no wet-aged)
  • Sick animals should be separated to avoid transmission to healthy animals and either treated or culled
  • Withdraw time limitations for any medications should be strictly followed
  • Females must not have been used for breeding or be in calf at time of slaughter

External Standards/Marketing:

  • Correct use of the phrases “naturally raised,” “grass-fed,” “grass-finished,” “grain-fed,” and “grain-finished” See Glossary of Terms
  • If the animal has never received antibiotics, can label “antibiotic-free”

HOGS

Internal Standards:

  • Maximum of 8 months of age, 220-300 pounds
  • Sick animals should be separated to avoid transmission to healthy animals and either treated or culled
  • Withdraw time limitations for any medications should be strictly followed

External Standards/Marketing:

  • Correct use of the phrases “naturally raised,” “grass-fed,” “grass-finished,” “grain-fed,” and “grain-finished” (NOTE: See Glossary of Terms at end of this document)
  • If animal never received antibiotics, can label “antibiotic-free”

SHEEP

Internal Standards:

  • Lamb: Less than one year of age, minimum weight of 80-140 pounds, does not have permanent incisors
  • Mutton: over one year of age
  • Sick animals should be separated to avoid transmission to healthy animals and either treated or culled
  • Withdraw time limitations should be strictly followed

External Standards/Marketing:

  • Pasture raised and/or grain finished
  • Farmers decide how to label their product since the animals require both pasture and grain
  • “Naturally-raised” is the most accurate label for lamb products
  • If animal never received antibiotics, can label “antibiotic-free”

GOATS

Internal Standards:

  • Goat/Chevon: Less than one year of age. Weight 50-110 pounds
  • Cabrito: goat kids slaughtered at 1-3 months of age, weighing less than 50 pounds
  • Sick animals should be separated to avoid transmission to healthy animals and either treated or culled
  • Withdraw time limitations should be strictly followed (For example: During the treatment of coccidia, an animal should NOT be harvested while ingesting amprolium or within 48 hours after treatment has ended.)

External Standards/Marketing:

  • A combination of pasture and grain
  • Farmers decide how to label their products since the animals require both pasture and grain
  • “Naturally-raised” is the most accurate label for goat products
  • If animal never received antibiotics, can label “antibiotic-free”

POULTRY (Chicken & Guinea Hens)

Internal Standards:

  • All poultry raised and marketed within industry standards
  • 4-12 weeks of age, depending on the body weight desired
  • No sick animals slaughtered for human consumption

External Standards/Marketing:

  • Farmers decide how to label their product since the animals can eat both pasture and grain
  • If animal never received antibiotics, can label “antibiotic-free”

POULTRY (Turkeys)

Internal Standards:

  • All poultry raised and marketed within industry standards
  • Under 6 months of age
  • No sick animals slaughtered for human consumption

External Standards/Marketing:

  • Farmers decide how to label their product since the animals can eat both pasture and grain
  • If animal never received antibiotics, can label “antibiotic-free”

RABBIT

Internal Standards:

  • Sick animals must be separated from healthy animals and cannot be marketed
  • No older than 11 weeks
  • No sick animals slaughtered for human consumption.

External Standards/Marketing:

  • No supplemental growth hormones
  • Farmers decide how to label their product since the animals can eat both pasture and grain
  • If animal never received antibiotics, can label “antibiotic-free

Glossary

Standardized Terms in Raising and Finishing Practices

Many terms commonly used to define raising and finishing practices can have a broad range of subjective interpretations. Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in poultry, hogs, veal calves or exotic, non-amenable species. SMM farms use the following standardized terms to describe how their product is handled before processing:

Grass-fed: Grass and/or forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage and animals cannot be fed grain and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. Diet should not be supplemented with grain, animal by-products or *hormones. Animals may have access to free choice mineral to ensure their bodies get needed nutrients grass may lack. Protein tubs are not acceptable in grass fed protocols. Feeding molasses protein tubs to grass fed is prohibited.

Grass-finished: Finishing is just another word for the time that cattle are normally fattened for the last few months before processing. Typically, feed lots finish cattle for 90 to 160 days on grain, usually corn, whereas, grass finished cattle are fattened on grass only until the day that they are processed. Diet should not be supplemented with grain, animal by-products or *hormones. Animals may have access to free choice mineral to ensure their bodies get needed nutrients grass may lack. Protein tubs are not acceptable in grass fed protocols. Feeding molasses protein tubs to grass fed is prohibited.

Grain/corn-fed: Cattle raised on pasture from birth to about 7-9 months, then fed small amounts of hay or straw supplemented with grain, soy and other ingredients. Fed a balanced diet that includes grain. Does not necessarily mean feed lot, animals are supplemented with grain to make up protein content that cannot be obtained from environment.

Grain/corn-finished: Cattle fed hay or straw supplemented with grain, soy and other ingredients for a minimum of 90 days. Fed grain to increase fat content on the animal.

Humane treatment: Animals in the Southern Maryland Meats program are humanely raised on Southern Maryland family farms. The animals are able to express normal behaviors and live in an appropriate and comfortable environment that includes sufficient space with appropriate access to the outdoors and pasture. Animals have proper facilities with clean and sufficient food and water, shelter, a resting area, and company of their own kind. Animals have a healthy life, benefiting from disease and injury prevention and rapid diagnoses and treatment. Farm owners have a good working knowledge of their system and the animals in their care. Southern Maryland Meats animals are also humanely transported and slaughtered.

Naturally-raised: Livestock used for the production of meat and meat products that have been raised entirely without *growth promotants, antibiotics (except for ionophores used as coccidiostats for parasite control), and have never been fed animal (mammalian, avian, or aquatic) by-products derived from the slaughter/harvest processes, including meat and fat, animal waste materials (e.g., manure and litter), and aquatic by-products (e.g., fishmeal and fish oil). (USDA definition, 2009)

All products labeled with a naturally raised marketing claim must incorporate information explicitly stating that animals have been raised in a manner that meets the following conditions: 1) no *growth promotants were administered to the animals; 2) no antibiotics (other than ionophores used to prevent parasitism) were administered to the animal; and 3) no animal by-products were fed to the animals. If ionophores used only to prevent parasitism were administered to the animals, they may be labeled with the naturally raised marketing claims if that fact is explicitly noted. (USDA, 2009)

Organic: Livestock standards apply to animals used for meat, milk, eggs and other animal products represented as organically produced, and they require that:

  • Animals for slaughter must be raised under organic management from the last third of gestation, or no later than the second day of life for poultry.
  • Producers must feed livestock agricultural feed products that are 100 percent organic, but may also provide allowed vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Dairy animals must be managed organically for at least 12 months in order for milk or dairy products to be sold, labeled or represented as organic. (Dairy producers may use land that is transitioning during its third year of transition to organic certification to provide crops and forage for dairy animals during this 12-month period prior to the sale of dairy products as organic).
  • Organically raised animals must not be given *hormones to promote growth, or antibiotics for any reason.
  • Preventive management practices, including the use of vaccines, must be used to keep animals healthy. Producers must not withhold treatment from a sick or injured animal; however, animals treated with a prohibited medication may not be sold as organic.
  • All organically raised animals must have access to the outdoors, including access to pasture for ruminants. They may be temporarily confined only for reasons of health, safety, the animal’s stage of production, or to protect soil or water quality. (USDA National Organic Program Livestock Standards, 2008)

Pasture-raised: Animals spend their lives outdoors, on pastures (barring birthing, inclement weather, and other limited circumstances) and animals forage for significant portions of their diets. Animals are able to go about normal behavior such as nesting, grazing, etc.

Soy-free: Animals are fed a diet that gets the protein from a source other than soybean products. Animal feeds do not contain soybean meal, whole soybeans, extruded soybeans or any other soy based products.

GMO-free: GMO are plants or animals that have been genetically modified by inputting DNA from other species. Animals are fed a diet that is free from any genetically modified organisms. GMO free feeds are identified by the feed labels.


Many SMM farms finish their meats through a process of dry-aging, which is defined as follows:

Dry-aging: Dry-aging is a process that tenderizes meats, concentrates the flavor and produces a superior taste and texture.

Dry-aging is costly because the process requires time and expertise. Meat that is dry-aged is hung for extended periods of time in a specialized cooler at carefully controlled temperatures and humidity levels.

The dry-aging process changes meat in two ways. First, moisture is evaporated which creates a greater concentration of flavor and taste. Second, the meat’s natural enzymes break down the connective tissue in the muscle, which leads to more tender meat. (The dominant mode of aging meat in the United States today is ‘wet-aging’ primarily because it takes less time and is less expensive. Wet-aged meat cuts are vacuum packed in plastic and boxed for immediate distribution.)

Average Dry-Aging period:

Beef: 14-21 days
Lamb/Goat: 7-14 days

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