Cynthia Glasscoe has been farming all of her life. Her family raised 500-600 hogs on pasture when she was growing up: “It was just what everybody did.” Today, she raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) laying hens and sheep at The Billy Place in the foothills of North Carolina.
Cynthia manages 130 mixed traditional breed laying hens on pasture for their tasty, nutritious eggs. Being raised outdoors, the flock of hens—which include Barred Plymouth Rocks and Black Javas—can 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. Cynthia also manages a herd of St. Croix sheep outdoors on pasture. The St. Croix is a haired sheep that does not require shearing. The breed has a high natural resistance to parasites, and they are known to be excellent foragers, making them ideal for pasture-based production.
Cynthia decided to join AGW because the program seemed like a natural fit: “I already knew how I raised my animals,” she explains, “but I wanted to be able to show my customers so they would understand that, ‘Yes, this is really how she does it and this is really what she believes.’”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pastured eggs and lamb from The Billy Place are available at area farmers’ markets and from the farm by appointment. Check the AGW Directory for details. For information about The Billy Place, visit www.thebillyplace.com. Contact Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org and (336) 699-2677.