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By Animal Welfare Approved
| September 9, 2016
Julie and Stephen DeMilt raise Certified AWA pigs at Past Ur Time Farm in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. While neither Julie nor Stephen grew up in a farming family, both had a mutual interest in farming and decided to learn more about it. The interest grew into a passion and they purchased the 30-acre farm near Rutherfordton in 2012. It was the former owner of the farm who first introduced Julie and Stephen to AWA certification; as they became more settled on the farm, they knew they were interested in raising livestock and pursuing AWA certification.
Phillip and Dena Parham raise Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle and Certified AWA Large Black Hogs outdoors on pasture at Parham Pharm in Swink, Oklahoma.
Polly and Rey Cisneros raise Certified Grassfed by AGW dairy goats outdoors on pasture at 101 Ranchita in La Grange, Texas.
Denise and Mo Sarfehjoo raise Certified AWA laying hens outdoors on pasture at Casa Verde Organic Farm in Cleveland, New Mexico, a small community in the Mora Valley in the northern part of the state. Denise and Mo moved to Cleveland from Northern Ohio in 2011 and fell in love with the land. In spite of its drastic difference from their home state, the couple has enjoyed learning how to grow vegetables in their new home, benefitting from the knowledge and support of fellow farmers in the Mora Valley. AWA certification verifies that the Sarfehjoos’ chickens are raised according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on a family farm. Chickens are able to perform their natural behaviors, like flapping their wings, pecking and scratching for bugs and insects, and taking dust baths.
Rick Tantlinger and Terry Lundberg raised Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Lee-Lynns Farm and Ranch in Barry, Texas. “Truly sustainable livestock farming requires the use of a pasture-based system,” explains Rick. “In addition to dramatically improving the welfare of farm animals, pasturing also helps reduce environmental damage, and yields meat, eggs, and dairy products that are tastier and more nutritious than foods produced on factory farms.” Research shows that pasture-based management is not only better for animal welfare, but results in tasty and nutritious eggs with more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to conventional eggs.
Alfred and Ginger Tanagho raise Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle and sheep at Waypoint Farm in Hallettsville, Texas. The cattle and sheep are managed outdoors on pasture or range and fed a 100 percent grass and forage diet for their entire lives. Alfred and Ginger market the high-quality, grassfed beef and lamb locally under the Cross T Brand.
Dustin Cheatham raises Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Pop’s Organics in Lufkin, Texas.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| February 11, 2015
Suzanne and Kit Broussard raise Certified AWA beef cattle on pasture at Dovetail Farms & Vineyard in Bells, Texas.
Chris Loeffler is having a very active retirement: After 26 years as a public school teacher in California and New Mexico, she started a second career as a farmer in the spring of 2014. The 56-acre plot that she and her husband own in Grants, New Mexico, is too dry for crops and too small for many cattle, so she decided to raise chickens. Chris has already increased her flock: “I have added another hen house and now have between 150 to 200 laying hens a year and 250 meat birds in the summer.”
Eloy and Anita Roybal raise AWA-certified laying hens and beef cattle at E&A Ranch & Garden in Mora, New Mexico. E&A Ranch & Garden is a member of Los de Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative, Inc., a producer-owned cooperative made up of 35 family farms and ranches in the area. Selling through a cooperative can offer many advantages. For example, by aggregating and coordinating supply, the individual family farm members can secure larger market opportunities that would be impossible to achieve on their own, while cooperatives offer consumers the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally-produced food at a fair price.