The North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association (NCNHGA) is seeking natural hog growers to supply the growing demand for pastured pork. NCNHGA is a farmer-owned marketing cooperative aimed at successfully marketing hogs raised outdoors without the use of antibiotics, growth promotants or animal byproducts. Current markets include national grocery outlets, local restaurants, and other whole cut retailers. All members are required to be Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) before joining. Please contact Tim Holmes of AWA directly with certification questions (252-796-8079). An informational session will be held June 19, 2010 in eastern North Carolina for those interested in joining the cooperative. Contact NCNGHA President Jeremiah Jones at 910-290-2547 for meeting details or additional information about NCNHGA membership. Animal Welfare Approved is a free certification for family farms raising their animals outdoors on pasture or range. AWA provides marketing and technical support to farmers in the program. For more information visit www.AnimalWelfareApproved.org.
Michelle Crawford raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW), Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle outdoors on pasture at Bedias Creek Farms in Iola, Texas. The woman-owned farm is committed to sustainable and high-welfare practices for its cattle.
“Sustainable farming is a dynamic process that leads to healthy soil capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense forages for our livestock and food for us,” Michelle explains. The team at Bedias Creek Farms chose to become Certified Grassfed by AGW to showcase their exemplary animal husbandry practices to consumers. Certified Grassfed by AGW is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100 percent grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives, and managed according to the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW welfare and environmental standards on an independent farm.
Bedias Creek Farms raises the Aubrac and Red Devon cattle breeds because they are a good fit for their grassfed cattle operation. “We have selected our two breeds because of their outstanding genetic expression based on a grass-based diet,” says Michelle. “We let our cows be cows! They graze on only fresh forages and are never given grain, routine antibiotics or growth hormones.”
For more information about Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW beef from Bedias Creek Farms, visit bediascreekfarms.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. For purchasing and other questions, contact Michelle Crawford at email@example.com and 281-250-2082.