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. Unveiled in May 2003, the goal of the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program is to improve the lives of farm animals by educating consumers on animal welfare and driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.
The label assures consumers that a meat, poultry, egg or dairy product has been produced according to HFAC’s precise standards for humane farm animal welfare.
- Animals must receive a nutritious diet free of antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space that are sufficient to support 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, gregarious animals, goats must be housed within sight or sound of goats or other animals.
- Milking and shearing/clipping procedures must also meet HFAC standards.
Visit www.certifiedhumane.org for more information and ideas.