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Archive for January, 2009

A Day at the Stuart Family Farm with the Channel 11 News Team

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 15, 2009

We just returned from an exciting day at the Stuart Family Farm in Bridgewater, Connecticut. We visited with Bill and Deb Stuart along with WPIX/CW Channel 11 News who wanted to see firsthand what an Animal Welfare Approved farm looks like and how the auditing process works. Arthur Ch’ien and his cameraman Jason Johnson spent three hours with us and took so much farm footage that they ran out of tape! And despite, both Arthur and Jason’s initial apprehension about getting up close and personal with the cows, they became fast friends with Urma and a few other heifers in the Stuarts’ grassfed herd.

Meadowlark Farm – Nampa, ID

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 13, 2009

Janie Burns raises Animal Welfare Approved sheep on Meadowlark Farm in Nampa, ID. Janie has been raising and selling grassfed lamb on the farm for over 20 years. From the staple lamb chops and ground lamb, to the more exotic osso bucco lamb shank and Merguez sausage (a Moroccan-inspired lamb sausage), you’ll find a range of Meadowlark’s AWA products at the Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise almost every Saturday during the market season. For more information about Meadowlark Farm, visit

Upcoming Event: Animal Welfare Approved to Attend 6th Annual American Grassfed Association Conference

By Emily | January 7, 2009

We are excited to attend the 6th annual American Grassfed Association Conference! The conference runs from February 6-7, and will be held at in Lexington, Kentucky. Acclaimed author and sustainable agriculture guru Wendell Berry will give the keynote address, followed by Dr. Lee Myer of the University of Kentucky who will discuss successful economic strategies for alternative ranching practices.

Animal Welfare Approved has recently announced a partnership with the American Grassfed Association (AGA) through which farmers meeting both organizations’ standards may receive both accreditations through one audit. These complementary accreditations will help differentiate farmers from those using only the USDA-defined “grassfed” label, which still allows feedlot confinement and growth hormones. Animal Welfare Approved Program Director Andrew Gunther and American Grassfed Association Director Don Davis will lead a workshop on obtaining these two seals, and walk farmers through the audit and certification process.