Pasture based farming can be challenging. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Best practices for one part of the country can be worst practices for another part.
AWA recognizes the difficulties that can be involved in achieving profitable, high welfare, pasture based farming. Our standards provide a framework for livestock management; but this isn’t the whole story. We know that there are times when extra support and advice are needed.
In order to help farmers we offer support in many different ways:
Technical Advice Fact Sheets – we have a range of fact sheets covering commonly asked questions and on-farm situations ranging from soil testing and health plans to castration and tail docking. The fact sheets are designed to help farmers make informed decisions, and also to explain the science and research behind our standards.
Newsletter – Our quarterly newsletter keeps farmers up to date with program activities as well as including technical articles and information on compliance with our standards.
Information – if you’ve checked the technical advice fact sheets and read our newsletters and you still have unanswered questions you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To produce our fact sheets and answer technical questions we draw on the vast range of practical experience of our staff and consultants. Our team has a vast range of practical experience across all farmed species. We also have an external network of experts, researchers and experienced farmers and vets who we can also call on for advice if needed.
If you are experiencing a challenging issue and are having trouble pinpointing the cause, or if you know the cause, but are having difficulty finding a solution, the answer may well be on our website. Our information is freely available – in addition to accreditation and marketing assistance, the information and advice we offer is another valuable tool available to family farmers participating in the Animal Welfare Approved program.
Our aim is always to provide practical answers that a farmer can really use. This advice can help a farmer avoid many of the mistakes that are often so costly for a new farm, and it can help to use resources more effectively on an established farm.