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.
Jeremy and Austin Turner raise Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) pigs on pasture at R. Turner Farms in Albertson, North Carolina. R. Turner Farms utilizes pasture-based farming systems to ensure the animals have constant access to pasture or range throughout their lives. The pigs at R. Turner Farms have room to roam and demonstrate their instinctive behaviors, like rooting, grazing, and exploring with their snout, and are regularly moved to fresh pasture to avoid the build-up of disease and parasites. Research shows this type of management results in better animal health, environmental health, and human health—as well as producing delicious pork!
R. Turner Farms is also a member of the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association, a cooperative of AWA hog producers who sell to restaurants, retailers, and food processors throughout the region.