Salmon Arm farm wins top environmental animal welfare certification
The Keenans, a first-generation farming family, raise their Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pigs, sheep and laying hens on 35 acres of forested areas and rolling hills. The farm uses rotational grazing practices and sustainable farming techniques, which results in lower environmental impact and a higher quality product. Chelsea Keenan of Keenan Family Farms says, "Pasture-raised, non-GMO fed animals produce higher quality meat and eggs. In addition to the superior finished product, the sustainability of the land is of high importance to us. Rotationally grazing all of our animals is essential because each species is moved to fresh space according to their impact on the land. Once each group is moved, we reseed and let the land rest and regrow behind them. This practice ensures the sustainability of our land for the future and even more importantly the health and happiness of our animals."
This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm. Consumer Reports has rated Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW as a "highly meaningful" label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability--and the only animal welfare certification in which they have confidence.
Like other Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmers across the country, James and Chelsea Keenan recognize the growing consumer interest in how animals are raised on farms. Managing animals outdoors on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment.
AGW Executive Director Andrew Gunther says,
"We're proud to certify farms like Keenan Family Farms that have demonstrated their commitment to transparency and verified, high-welfare, farming practices. These stewards of the countryside are quite literally building a greener world while producing delicious food, and we're honored to help consumers find them--and in doing so choose products that match their values."