Mark Justh and Daniel Dolgin raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) pigs and beef cattle at JD Farms in Eaton, New York.
JD Farms is an idyllic setting where the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pigs roam in wooded lots and grassy paddocks, eating wild apples and foraging for tubers. “Customers ask why our pork tastes so good…it’s all in the pasture,” says Mark. “The grass. The sun. The feed. And most important, the love and respect we have for our herd.”
Mark and Daniel also manage their Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW beef cattle outdoors on pasture using rotational grazing practices, grazing one section of pasture before moving them to fresh fields. This type of management ensures the animals have access to the most nutritious pasture and allows grass to recover before they return to graze again; it also keeps the soil naturally fertilized and minimizes the potential build-up of internal parasites, thereby avoiding reliance on chemical treatments. “We have developed a truly healthy and diverse agricultural landscape through the rotational grazing of our cows and pigs, as well as soil-building through the careful cultivation of selected grasses and forage crop,” explains Mark.