Portia McKnight and Flo Hawley raise Certified AWA Jersey dairy cows in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Portia says the venture began because they wanted to make cheese, and needed a high quality milk to start with. “We had certain criteria for our milk, and wanted to be able to understand and control the milk quality,” she explains. After a year-long apprenticeship with another dairy farm, Portia and Flo started their own herd. Beginning with nine dairy cows, they now milk thirty. They also raise steers for beef and are looking for more land to expand their grazing. Portia says they chose the Jersey breed because it fits so well with the local climate: “Jerseys are a great fit for our area because they can take the cold, but they also do well in the summer heat. Their rich milk also makes great cheese.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2012) Will Witherspoon will speak at a congressional briefing on July 24 against the routine feeding of antibiotics to billions of farm animals. An estimated 80% of all antimicrobials used in this country are squandered for non-therapeutic purposes – to keep animals raised in overcrowded, stressful and unsanitary conditions from getting sick, and to artificially speed their growth. Witherspoon ultimately is aiming to urge members of Congress to pass the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).
Will Witherspoon, recognized for his work as a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, will be making his presence known as a high-welfare, sustainable cattle farmer on July 24 when he speaks at a congressional briefing about the routine use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics in intensive livestock production. Witherspoon ultimately is aiming to ensure that these vital medicines remain effective for future generations of people and animals.
Witherspoon will be speaking at the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) Meeting Room South, at a briefing sponsored by Rep. Louise Slaughter. Witherspoon will call on members of Congress to support the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), legislation sponsored by Rep. Slaughter and Senator Dianne Feinstein. Passing PAMTA will end the widespread use of antibiotics on healthy animals and curb the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Refraining from overuse of antibiotics would help to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics while allowing their use for treatment of sick animals.
Greg and Lea Stroncek raise Certified AWA, Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle and Certified AWA laying hens outdoors on pasture at Seven Seeds Farm in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Bill Rogers raises Animal Welfare Approved laying hens at Puddingstone Organics, near Middleborough. The flock consists of breeds that are particularly suited to a life out on pasture, including Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red and a few Americauna chickens. All the chickens are hatched and raised on the farm, in keeping with Bill’s sustainable approach to farming.
Grilling on the 4th? Animal Welfare Approved offers a no-compromise solution for healthy, high-welfare, environmentally sound celebrations. Stay tuned for more mouth watering recipes from independent farmers around the country.
Gourmet Mushroom Onion Burger
Farm: Rain Crow Ranch – American GrassFed Beef
Product: hot dogs & burgers
Available at: Whole Foods Market, Shnucks Markets, Hy-Vee, Inc., Fair Shares (CSA)