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Chad Shields raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) laying hens, beef cattle and sheep at Six Stone Jars Farm in Tazewell, Tennessee—situated on beautiful Norris Lake about an hour northeast of Knoxville.
The flock of hens are raised outdoors on pasture, and are able to perform natural behaviors, like running, dust bathing, pecking and scratching for grubs and seeds. Pasture-based management not only provides the highest welfare conditions for the hens, but also produces healthier eggs containing three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the omega-3 fatty acids as industrial eggs.
The livestock at Six Stone Jars Farm are rotationally managed, grazing one section of pasture before being moved to fresh fields. This type of management allows grass to recover before animals return to graze again; it also keeps the soil properly fertilized and minimizes the build-up of internal parasites, thereby avoiding reliance on chemical treatments. Pasture-based management is important to Chad’s production not only because of the benefits to animal welfare, but also because of the benefits to the health of the soil and planet.
In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the herd of beef cattle and flock of sheep at Six Stone Jars Farm are Certified Grassfed by AGW, the first—and only—food label in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, and raised entirely outdoors on pasture or range.
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW chicken eggs along with Certified Grassfed by AGW beef and lamb are available directly from the farm. For more information about Six Stone Jars Farm, follow the farm on Facebook and contact Chad Shields at (423) 300-2869 and email@example.com.