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A Visit to Deck Family Farm

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  1 Comment

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This is a lovely video of a beautiful farm near Junction City, Oregon.  Deck Family Farm raises AWA* certified pasture raised beef, pork, laying hens and raw milk. Owner Christine Deck describes their multi-species grazing operation, and how their Animal Welfare Approved certification has benefitted their bottom line.

logo_main*AWA stands for Animal Welfare Approved.  As noted in an earlier On Pasture article, one of the things that consumers like about the idea of pasture raised products is that animals are cared for humanely.  The Animal Welfare Approved certification was created in 2006 in response to this growing demand.

To carry the AWA logo on their products, farmers meet standards developed in collaboration with scientists, veterinarians, researchers, and farmers across the globe that maximize practicable, high-welfare farm management.  These standards require that every AWA-certified farm provides their animals with continual access to pasture or range, and the opportunity to perform natural and instinctive behaviors essential to their health and well-being. AWA is one of only two labels in the U.S. that require audited, high-welfare slaughter practices, and is the only label that requires pasture access for all animals.

While that may sound a bit daunting initially, it’s clear from what participating farmers say about the audit process that AWA certifiers focus on helping farmers meet standards while still managing their businesses profitably.

SupportOnPasture2Learn more about Animal Welfare Approved here.

Learn more about the Deck Family Farm here or read their blog here.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for writing this we truly appreciate those who appreciate our farmers.

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