Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to announce that it will offer a third year of Good Husbandry Grants. AWA is seeking proposals for projects to improve farm animal welfare with a concentration on three areas: increased outdoor access, improved genetics and improved slaughter facilities. “We have awarded funding for 65 projects in 25 states and are delighted to be able to continue these grants for 2011,” said Andrew Gunther, AWA Program Director. “The impact of these grants has been extraordinary—the finished projects prove that there is an inextricable link between high-welfare, pasture- and range-based husbandry and successful farms.” Current Animal Welfare Approved farmers and those who have applied to join the program are eligible for grants of up to $5,000. Jeremy Vargo of AWA-certified Vargo Farms in Bullock, North Carolina, raises hogs and received a 2010 grant to improve his mobile housing system. “The huts have greatly benefited my hogs,” he explained, “by improving herd health and expanding our ability to rotate pastures while providing shelter from the elements. This grant program, like AWA, is a win-win for the whole farm.”
Daniel and Lori Baumgardner raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) dairy cattle at Barrens View Farm in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
The Baumgardners manage a mixed herd of 70 Holstein, Jersey, and Ayrshire dairy cows outdoors on pasture. The cows are rotated through the fields, grazing one section of pasture before being moved to fresh fields. This type of management allows grass to recover before cows 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.
“In the past few years, it’s become more and more important to consumers that the practices on dairy farms are viewed as ‘sustainable and humane’,” says Lori. “We are proud to be Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World. Top-notch cow and calf care is nothing new to Barrens View Farm, but it’s nice to have the credentials to prove it.”
Barrens View Farm sells milk to Caputo Brothers Creamery in Spring Grove, which produces cheese with their milk. To contact Barrens View Farm, call 717-432-3169 or email email@example.com.