Any Fat Toad Farm fans that follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest can have no doubt about the unwavering love we harbor for every one of our beautiful and mischievous Alpine dairy goats. Each with their own name and unique personality, they are the heart of our family and soul of our business; managing their health and wellbeing is our highest priority and our greatest honor…even when they nibble the buttons off our jackets and stage herd-wide great escapes into the forest. (“No! Bad goat!”)
The depth of our attachment becomes especially clear each spring when the onset of kidding season turns us all into Nervous Nellies – never straying far from the birthing barn and hoping to strike the right balance between helpful and hovering. We rest easy only when the barnyard is full of happy, well-fed babies galloping in circles around their endlessly patient mums.
Seriously, we love our goats! Which is why we are thrilled to announce our recent certification by the Animal Welfare Approved program – essentially a document that makes our love of, and respect for goats official. Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is a food label for meat and dairy products that come from farm animals raised to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. We are thrilled to be joining the AWA community of animal-loving farmers and spreading the word about their important work.
More about the Animal Welfare Approved Program:
“AWA audits, certifies and supports independent family farmers raising their animals according to the highest animal welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Called a ‘badge of honor for farmers’ and the ‘gold standard,’ AWA has come to be the most highly regarded food label when it comes to animal welfare, pasture-based farming, and sustainability.
Our standards ensure that every AWA-certified farm provides their animals with continual access to pasture or range, as well as 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-welfareslaughter practices, and is the only label that requires pasture access for all animals. All AWA standards, policies and procedures are available on this website, making our program one of the most transparent certifications available.”
Find out more at http://animalwelfareapproved.org/