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Gaston and Michelle Schaeffer raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) pigs and laying hens, as well as Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle at Whiskey Creek Ranch, a first generation, family-run farm, located in the beautiful Peace region of British Columbia.
The Schaeffer’s Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pigs are raised outdoors on pasture, according to the highest animal welfare standards. “There is no barn confinement, no needle teeth trimming and no tails removed from our piglets,” says Michelle. “While on pasture, we provide all of our pigs with mud wallows and shelter from the sun. They always have more than enough free room in their pasture so they can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and natural pig behaviors.” The farm’s flock of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW laying hens are given daily access onto new areas, and continual renewed access to fresh grasses, berries, herbs, insects, soil, and forage.
The farm also raises Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle. “Our fledgling beef herd has a tall order to fill. While we are managing their location on the landscape, they shoulder the responsibility of being our primary facilitators for the regeneration of our lands,” says Gaston. Whiskey Creek Ranch uses rotational grazing practices and sustainable farming techniques, which results in lower environmental impact and a higher quality product.
The Schaeffers say they chose to pursue certification because, “livestock welfare, authenticity, and transparency are most integral to our production.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pork, chicken eggs, and Certified Grassfed by AGW beef from Whiskey Creek Ranch is available directly from the farm Mon- Fri 9am-4pm and weekends by appointment. For more information about Whiskey Creek Ranch, visit whiskeycreekranch.ca and contact Michelle and Gaston Schaeffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-271-0441. Follow the farm on Facebook and Instagram.