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.”
Bradley Marshall raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) pigs at The Piggery in Trumansburg, New York. The 70-acre farm is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, where the pigs are raised outdoors, on pasture.
The Piggery specializes in raising traditional breed pigs, such as crossing Mulefoot and Gloucestershire Old Spot boars with Yorkshire, Duroc, Hampshire and Tamworth females. The farm plans to continue experimenting with their breeding program, to find which crosses are best suited for their business and high-welfare production practices.
The Piggery is currently home to a herd of 450 Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pigs. “The pigs always have access to green feeds – in the summer months they are rotated onto fresh pasture several times weekly and in the winter they get hay and haylage,” explains Bradley. “Pigs are what they eat, and the green feeds end up having a healthful effect all the way up the food chain. We produce pork with a much more balanced ratio of essential polyunsaturated fats than commodity pork.”
The Piggery pursued the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label to serve as a seal of approval for their high-welfare, pasture-based sustainable farming practices. “We’re doing everything we can to create pork that is good for the people, good for the land and good for the pigs, with a focus on minimizing our carbon footprint,” says Bradley.
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pork products from The Piggery are available at various retail locations through the Northeast, as well as directly from the farm and butcher shop. To learn more about The Piggery Farm, visit piggery.net. Contact The Piggery Farm at email@example.com and 607-342-0551. You can also follow the farm on Facebook and Instagram.