First Certified Humane® Goat Dairy in the United States
In 2005, Redwood Hill Farm was the first goat dairy in the United States qualified to use the Humane Farm Animal Care’s (HFAC) “Certified Humane Raised and Handled®” label. When we first learned about this program, we realized that the farm practices for animal welfare we had been using for decades were already in compliance with the Certified Humane® standard. To give our consumers the additional confidence of a third-party audit, we decided to get the certification and add the label to our products.
Certified Humane® is a food product label awarded by an organization called Humane Farm Animal Care® (HFAC), an independent, third-party certification organization based in Virginia. Founded in 1998, Humane Farm Animal Care® set out to improve the lives of millions of farm animals enduring inhumane treatment on factory farms across the country.
The program is designed to empower consumers to buy food products with the confidence that they came from a farm with high standards for animal welfare. By certifying products with the Certified Humane® logo, consumers are given a choice. The goal is to improve the lives of farm animals in food production by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.
The animal welfare standards for Certified Humane® were created by a Scientific Committee comprised of 36 scientists and veterinarians from all over the world. For goats, requirements include:
- Animals must receive a nutritious diet free of antibiotics or hormones. They must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space that are sufficient to support their natural behavior.
- Goats, unlike sheep or cattle, do not tolerate rain or wind. Therefore, adequate shelter must be provided at all times to protect them from inclement weather.
- Being social and gregarious animals, goats must be housed within sight or sound of goats or other animals.
- Milking, shearing or and clipping procedures must meet HFAC standard.
If you are interested in reading the complete standard for dairy goats, click here.