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Auntie Annie’s Fields—Dundas, MN

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 16, 2015

Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Ian Rhoades raise Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Auntie Annie’s Fields in Dundas, Minnesota. Growing up, Elizabeth’s father always kept a small flock of laying hens, and she and Ian went on to work on vegetable farms and a dairy farm before settling down in Minneapolis.

SteelMeadow Farm—Mansfield, MO

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 14, 2014

Glenn and Mary Jane Phifer raise Certified AWA cattle and goats on SteelMeadow Farm in Mansfield, Missouri. Glenn and Mary Jane did not grow up on farms, but when they approached farming over 10 years ago as a way to become more self-reliant, they drew heavily from the tried-and-true knowledge of their forbearers. They decided to pursue AWA certification because they felt the certification process would help optimize their practices, and they appreciated that AWA’s farm standards already reflected the high standard of their own animal husbandry practices.

Windshadow Farm & Dairy—Bangor, MI

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 8, 2014

Ron and Suzanne Klein raise AWA-certified dairy goats on pasture at Windshadow Farm & Dairy in Bangor, Michigan. The picturesque 45-acre farm is surrounded by four organic farms to the south and west, and is home to around 150 AWA-certified dairy goats.

Hurley Farms—Ash Grove, MO

By Animal Welfare Approved | June 20, 2014

Deanna and Ed Hurley raise AWA beef cattle on pasture at Hurley Farms in Ash Grove, Missouri. Deanna is the farm manager at Shire Gate Farm, and Hurley Farms is a trusted supplier of high-quality grassfed cattle to the Shire Gate Beef brand. After a number of years working with horses and ranching, Deanna became the manager for Shire Gate Farms in 2007, taking on full responsibility for all aspects of the farm and its development. One of the greatest perks has been being able to spend more time with her three young boys: “This is an amazing opportunity for them to learn firsthand what it takes to run a successful farm,” says Deanna.

Branched Oak Farm—Raymond, NE

By Animal Welfare Approved | June 13, 2014

Doug and Krista Dittman raise AWA beef and dairy cattle on pasture at Branched Oak Farm in Raymond, Nebraska, about 15 miles north of Lincoln. The Dittmans manage their 240-acre farm with the help of their sons, Nelson and Andreas. “We’re committed to preserving the land and creating farmstead products that are healthy and wholesome, free of chemicals, antibiotics, or hormones,” says Doug. “We take pride in knowing that our products are made with sustainable, certified organic and Animal Welfare Approved certified methods.”

Redball Enterprises LLC – JMB Cattle Co.—Cedar Rapids, IA

By Animal Welfare Approved | May 23, 2014

Bill and Deb Robinson raise Certified Grassfed by AWA cattle on pasture at JMB Cattle Co. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Although Bill and Deb Robinson were both city-raised, Bill’s exposure to livestock as young child planted seeds for their dream to own a small farm and raise animals. In 2004, their decision to purchase some land finally gave them the opportunity to raise cattle on pasture as they had always envisioned. When a friend suggested they should look into AWA certification for their cattle herd, Bill and Deb quickly recognized that AWA standards aligned with their own objectives for the farm. “Our goal is to provide a good environment and have our cows well fed, well treated, healthy and calm,” says Bill. “Our potential clients recognize that we do what we say we do by having AWA certification.”