Afton farm awarded top animal welfare certification
The sheep at Whistlin’ Hollow Farm are now certified as Animal Welfare Approved. This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.
Like other AWA farmers across the country, Kate Mahanes and Jim Fleming recognize the growing consumer interest in how animals are raised on farms. Managing animals on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment. Mahanes and Fleming raise Katahdin hair sheep, a breed known for its mild tasting meat and easy, low-maintenance care.
Fleming and Mahanes chose to certify with Animal Welfare Approved as a way to communicate their sustainable husbandry practices with their customers. “At Whistlin’ Hollow Farm, we treat all our animals with TLC,” says Mahanes. “We are proud to announce that we are now Animal Welfare Approved.”
For more information about purchasing Whistlin’ Hollow Farm’s AWA lamb visithttp://www.whistlinhollowfarm.com/.