Animal Welfare Approved

Technical Support

Pasture-based farming can be challenging: There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution, and ‘best practices’ for one part of the country can be worst practices for another.

AWA recognizes the challenges 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 there are times when extra support and advice is 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, you may find the answer from the resources listed below. If you’ve checked the technical advice fact sheets and read our newsletters—and you still have unanswered questions—you can email us at info@animalwelfareapproved.org or call 1-800-373-8806.

Farm Health Online

Farm Health Online is our new, free access website for farmers, ranchers, advisors and veterinarians, offering practical advice to support to support high-welfare management of food animals in outdoor systems. With information on over 100 common livestock diseases, advice on nutrition, housing, breeding and husbandry, as well as public health, biosecurity and legislation, Farm Health Online is a powerful new tool to support the transition to more sustainable farming practices. Find out more here.

Technical Advice Fact Sheets

Our technical advice fact sheet range covers the most commonly asked questions and on-farm situations—ranging from soil testing and health plans to castration and tail docking. Written in an informal and accessible way, they are designed to help farmers make informed decisions, and also to explain the science and research behind our standards. Find out more here.

Newsletter

As well as keeping farmers and ranchers up to date with program activities, our Newsletter includes technical articles for most farmed species and information on compliance with our standards. A basic index helps you find articles of potential interest. Find out more here.

Technical Support

In addition to publicly available technical information, certification and marketing assistance, our technical support is another valuable tool for family farmers participating in the AWA program.

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.

Our goal is always to provide resources and information that farmers and ranchers can really put into practice. We’re confident the information we provide can help you avoid many of the mistakes that are often so costly for a new farm, as well as improve resource use on established farms. We encourage you to reach out at the contact information above if we can be of assistance.