All of us at Animal Welfare Approved have been concerned about the seemingly endless spate of devastating weather across the country, and are doing what we can to reach out to our farmers in affected areas. Our hearts go out to all of those who have suffered the overwhelming loss of loved ones, homes, and livelihoods. As the people of Joplin, MO work to pick up the pieces and move on from the disaster in their area, we have become aware of a unique effort springing from within the AWA family and we are doing all we can to support it wholeheartedly. Jack Whisnant, the son of Patricia and Mark Whisnant (Animal Welfare Approved farmers from American Grassfed Beef in Doniphan, MO), is leading a group to Joplin to provide BBQ pork and grassfed burgers over the Memorial Day weekend and following week. This endeavor is a massive undertaking, and we want to assist Jack in being able to meet the needs of all those in Joplin who come to him for aid. If you would like to support this effort please read on for details on how you can help.
Richard and Nancy Self raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) sheep outdoors on pasture at Tamarack Farms in Roseneath, Ontario. The farm consists of 370 acres that Nancy and Richard use to raise sheep outdoors on pasture, as well as to grow hay to feed the sheep, make maple syrup and grow heirloom vegetables. “We always wanted to raise livestock and grow produce in a way that we would want for our own food,” Nancy says.
The 75 breeding ewes at Tamarack Farms are managed outdoors on pasture and moved regularly to fresh ground to give the sheep access to the most nutritious grazing, preventing the buildup of pests and diseases and ensuring the land remains healthy and productive.
Nancy decided to pursue Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification because she is passionate about giving her animals the best possible lives: “Animal welfare has always been at the core of our farm ethos,” Nancy says. “We want our sheep to have a very happy, healthy life and a peaceful end.” She felt they were already meeting most of the program standards, and could use the certification as a marketing tool. “We were very impressed with A Greener World and felt they had a similar perspective as us,” she explains. “We are proud of this certification. It provides a third-party validation of our efforts and will help customers understand how we care for our animals.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pasture-raised lamb from Tamarack Farms is available at several Toronto-based butcher shops and restaurants, including Oliffe, Cumbraes and Butchers of Distinction, as well as Primal Cuts store in Peterborough. For more information about Tamarack Farms—and where to purchase their Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pasture-raised lamb—visit A Greener World’s online directory. To contact Tamarack Farms, email Nancy Self at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778-839-4711.