In late April National Audubon updated their website and re-tooled their guide to the ranches and retailers that sell products raised on Audubon-certified bird-friendly lands. In Montana, this is a small but quickly growing list. Montana has traditionally been a “cow-calf” state, where livestock producers ship calves to feed-lots in the Midwest and the South, where they are finished on corn and grain, and then sold to processors and onward to retail. But not Audubon Conservation Ranching (ACR) animals! To become ACR certified, ranchers need to finish cattle on grass, just one of the high standards required for certification. In Montana, where population, and thus markets, are small, ACR ranchers primarily sell their products online, direct to consumer, or at farmers markets. Check out the interactive map on the National Audubon site under the heading “Where to Buy Products Raised on Audubon Certified Lands.”
Be sure to interact with ACR Retailer Explorer Map. Hover over the colorful point locations to find retailers that sell ACR products, and also ACR ranches, and where you can purchase some of these delicious, nutritious, bird-friendly meats!