Well the beef circus continues—and no, the U.S. government didn’t ban burgers but a popular recipe site did. In a time of misinformation and fractured media streams we’re dedicated to being a source of solid information about how and why we need independent, sustainable livestock farmers if we’re going to feed ourselves without wrecking the planet (see last week’s email for some good resources). Coming up, stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for an online series on animal welfare over the next few weeks, including conversation starters and info to share with your customers about the benefits of your sustainable, high-welfare practices. More news and updates below:
12-Year-Old Farmer Achieves AGW Certification
The flock of sheep at Rising Sun Farms, started by 12-year-old farmer, Jackson Stinson, is now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW. Jackson’s parents, Chris and Melody, are AGW-certified farmers and educators. They help each of their three children manage parts of the family farm. Jackson’s older sister, Gracie, manages AGW-certified pigs at Hog Wild Farms. We’re thrilled to work with the Stinson family and support the next generation of farmers. Read more in this press release.
Branded Egg Cartons: Back in Stock
Our popular AGW-branded egg cartons are back in stock, ready for order online. Made with 100% reclaimed paper, the informative dozen-egg carton enables AGW-certified farms to market eggs through a professional design featuring the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW logo and the clear message that the eggs are from pasture-raised, high-welfare hens. Cartons feature space for a farm label and nutrition facts. Farmers raising AGW-certified laying hens may place an order online.
Show Off Your Certification
Looking for a way to display your certification on store shelves, at farmers markets or other retail settings? AGW-branded shelf talkers and vinyl decals help your products stand out from the crowd. To learn more and place your order, visit AGW’s merchandise page.
Featured Resource: Technical Advice Fact Sheet 3 – Urinary Calculi in Goats
This technical paper covers urinary calculi in goats, outlining best practice advice on minimizing the risk of this disease through diet and other management practices to ensure the highest levels of welfare.
Updates From Your Peers
This week, AGW-certified farmer Ron Simmons at Master Blend Family Farm in Kenansville, NC was chosen as a member of the inaugural class of Kingsford’s Preserve the Pit fellows. The fellowship includes a grant, one-on-one mentorship and immersive training with industry leaders to help preserve and strengthen the Black barbecue community. We’re so excited to see this and congratulate Ron and the Master Blend Family Farm team on this well-deserved honor.