Kelly and Wesley Adams are a husband-and-wife team who run their grassfed beef operation out of Ladonia, Texas. They are members of the Grassfed Livestock Alliance, a cooperative formed to provide a fair sustainable market for family owned and operated farms and ranches that put their care, labor and reputation into the quality of the beef they raise. Kelly and Wesley sold their conventional herd in 1994 to begin a pasture-based system. They are happy now to operate without the use of confinement, synthetic pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. They explain, “We believe healthy soil is the basis of animal and plant health, and ultimately, human health. All animals in our grazing program are raised on grass from birth.” Kelly and Wesley chose to change the way they did business for their animals’ welfare and for the nutritional and health benefits of pasture-raised beef.
Border Springs Farm is owned and run by Craig Rogers in Patrick Springs, Virginia, with the help of his wife Joan. The two began their sheep farm to train border collies, starting only with a small herd of six Kathadin and Texel sheep. However, today that number has grown to five hundred. Craig always dreamed he would run a farm so the growth of his sheep enterprise seems natural, and he still shows the same enthusiasm as he did when it was all still a hobby.
Max Turner raises Certified AWA pigs on pasture at R. Turner Farms in Albertson, North Carolina. R. Turner Farms utilizes pasture-based farming systems to ensure the animals have constant access to pasture or range throughout their lives. The pigs at R. Turner Farms have room to roam and demonstrate their instinctive behaviors, like rooting, grazing, and exploring with their snout, and are regularly moved to fresh pasture to avoid the build-up of disease and parasites. Research shows this type of management results in better animal health, environmental health, and human health—as well as producing delicious pork!
The MJ Ranch, owned by Mel and Joyce Williams since 1994, is 520 acres of beautiful rolling hills just north of Lawrence, Kansas. Angus cattle, bred for tenderness and marbling, have been born and raised here since 1995 when Mel “retired”. Mel purchased a small herd of cows from the family farm, the same place he was raised. Joyce had also helped on his parents’ family farm since their marriage in 1960. The MJ Ranch now consists of approximately 160 cattle most of the year, which includes the cows, bulls, and calves, in different stages of growth.
Animal Welfare Approved program director Andrew Gunther gives pointers for farmers and consumers regarding Swine Influenza.
Animal Welfare Approved posts USDA statement on Swine Flu (Swine Influenza A/H1N1).