Silvertine's Signature Game Animals
What does this mean?
Silvertine's Signature Species are species of big game and game birds that my wife and I personally raise on our ranch in British Columbia. All Signature Species are born, or they are purchased at birth from ranchers we know and trust, and reared on our ranches. We control their breeding, diet, and rearing right from the start. We take great pride in the fact that we can offer you our own brand or "Signature Species", this way we know 100% exactly what we are selling you, and you know what you are getting, a genuine quality product from start to finish.
It's very gratifying for me to see my animals that I raised since birth be harvested by my guests. Having the opportunity to oversee each animals "quality of life" every step of the way, is very rewarding. I believe my animals were born to be used by us, and all are born to die. By being able to oversee the hunting and harvest of my animals, and give them this type of end to their lives, is much more respectful and dignified than seeing them slaughtered in the masses, and going to someone that did not respect the animal as my guests and hunters do.
As well many of the species are rare or endangered, and buying animals here and there can be futile and often times impossible year to year. By raising our own we can supply a constant supply to our guests.
In buying a "Signature Species" hunt animal off of us you can be assured of a quality trophy and safe naturally raised table fare. Even though we are not "certified organic", nor do I want to be because I do not believe in the honesty of this organic industry hype right now. I do believe in the common sense approach to the use of modern medicine to provide a quality life to my animals if they need assistance fighting sickness or injury. I would not give or treat, any one of my animals, differently than I would myself, so the use of medication to prevent something that has not happened yet is never used. Thus, animals that have been treated with any medication are NEVER sold for meat, until the appropriate amount of time has lapsed to allow the drugs to be removed from their system, and the buyer is aware of the animals past. Since all our "Signature Species" are allowed to range over a huge amount of acreage, this "space" and "freedom" is the best remedy for optimum health without human intervention. Plus we are dealing with a hardier "Old World" animal that has not been domesticated that long.
Perhaps the most important thing that we do for our animals is what we don't:
» Free Range. Our animals are never confined to a feedlot or small paddocks.
» Grass Fed. Our animals have free access and are on to large pasture with ample grass all year round, and hay at all times during the winter.
» Only in emergency situations are antibiotics ever used. All animals destined for slaughter by Silvertine's Guests that have had any antibiotics administered for an illness, or is sick, that animal is never sold, until sufficient time has passed, and the client will be made aware of the animals past.
» All Natural. We feed an all vegetarian diet to our animals. We buy our hay locally from people we know and trust.
» Signature Species. All animals sold under this brand are either born raised on our ranch or purchased at weaning or as polts (day old turkeys) from a ranch we know and trust, one that has the same philosophies as we do to meat quality and animal treatment.
» Humane. Our animals have a stress free life. Free ranging on hundreds of acres of grass pasture and bush environment. Living a life with quality, respect, and dignity.
Keep your eyes posted to our website over the next few years, you will see other species "never before" offered to the sportsmen in Canada. Signature Species like Ibex, Ibex Hybrid's, Asiatic Waterbuffalo, and more types of exotic sheep.