Kevin Channell raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) beef cattle and pigs at Vermont Alpine Farm in Reading, Vermont. The farm is located in the heart of the Green Mountains, where the livestock graze on the lush pasture of Vermont’s finest mountain meadows.
Kevin manages his Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW beef cattle outdoors on pasture using rotational grazing practices, grazing one section of pasture before moving them to fresh fields. This type of management ensures the animals have access to the most nutritious pasture and allows grass to recover before they 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.
The cattle at Vermont Alpine Farm are also Certified Grassfed by AGW. This additional certification was important to Kevin because he markets his grassfed beef directly to the public, and he believes the certification—with its emphasis on high-welfare, grassfed production—will attract customers. Certified Grassfed by AGW is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products originate from animals fed a 100 percent grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pastures or range for their entire lives, and are managed according to the highest welfare and environmental standards on an independent farm.
The pigs at Vermont Alpine Farm, are traditional breeds, and also raised outdoors on pasture in an environment that allows them to perform natural behaviors like wallowing, grazing and rooting with their snouts.
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pork and Certified Grassfed by AGW beef from Vermont Alpine Farm is available directly from the farm as well as at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market grocery store. Shoppers can look for the Green Mountain Meats label. Contact Kevin at 802-249-7384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the farm, visit greenmountainmeats.com.