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).
Mark and Barbara Laino raise Animal Welfare Approved laying hens at Midsummer Farm in Warwick, NY. The flock is made up of a variety of heritage breeds of chicken (e.g. French Cuckoo Marans, Salmon Faverolle, and Speckled Sussex) so that their eggs come in various and gorgeous shades of white, green, pink, and brown! At Midsummer Farm the hens are treated as family members and respected as living, feeling beings. They spend their days ranging and feeding on approximately three acres of organically maintained pasture, woods, wild meadow, and riparian areas- making them truly grassfed- and are only cooped up at night for their own protection. They are also allowed to set their own eggs, care for their own chicks, and are never culled as they get older.