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.