Duck Daddy Ranch LLC.
I started Duck Daddy Ranch because I want to be the change I wish to see in the world. I have always been an advocate of delicious local food, whether it was running the organic vegetable co-op as a college student, or encouraging my friends to shop with me at the farmers market. Last year, I finally decided to take the plunge and become a food producer.
After comparing the taste difference between wild duck to domestic-raised duck, I believed I could produce a superior product by raising ducks in the woods with access to a more natural diet. Since then, I have sold over 100 processed ducks and am in pursuit of growing the business to provide North Carolina with more forest raised duck.
Duck Daddy Ranch is about bringing better tasting duck products to the market, and doing so in harmony with the land. Our ducks free range in the woods while getting more exercise and consuming a rich diet which produces improved flavor over barn raised birds.
I decided to start this business last year because I wanted to show folks that we can raise the animals we consume in a more humane manner while also improving the flavor and impact on the environment.
My customers include farmers market patrons, butcher shops, restaurants, and grocery co-ops. My goals for the future include helping farms integrate ducks into their operations to improve their crops and as an additional revenue source.
This loan will help to update my processing center, which includes drying racks for whole ducks and more stainless steel tables to improve the process.
I will also plant some berry and fruit bushes that will help feed my ducks, which decreases my feed cost (which is about 70% of cost of goods sold) and improves flavor.
The loan will also pay off some existing business credit card debt that I spent on working capital, farmers market supplies, and infrastructure improvements.