Northern Virginia Farm Qualifies for “Certified Humane Raised and Handled” Label

Ayrshire Farm of Upperville, Va. has become certified by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) to use the “Certified Humane Raised and Handled” label for it’s beef, pork, eggs, and poultry products. Except for seasonal sales of turkeys, the products are sold exclusively to the Hunter’s Head Tavern, also located in Upperville.

Certification of Ayrshire Farm follows a rigorous on-site inspection by HFAC.

The “Certified Humane Raised and Handled” label, unveiled in May 2003, assures consumers that a meat, poultry, egg or dairy product has been produced according to HFAC’s precise standards for humane farm animal treatment. Animals must receive a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior. Fifteen companies are now certified to use the label.

Ayrshire Farm raises a variety of rare livestock breeds, including Scotch Highland cattle, Ancient White Park cattle and Gloucester Old Spot hogs. The farm also raises several breeds of free-ranging chickens, turkeys and ducks.  More information can be found at their websiste, www.AyrshireFarm.com.

The farm is the exclusive supplier of those products for Hunter’s Head Tavern. Sandy Lerner owns both operations.

Hunter’s Head Tavern is a three-year old English-style pub that serves lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. Menu offerings include sandwiches, soups, salads, fish and chips, fried chicken, grilled steaks, pork chops and fish, as well as several vegetarian offerings and desserts. The restaurant is in the Carr Building. Part of the original building was built in the 1750s.

“Hunter’s Head Tavern is the first restaurant in the country to be providing its patrons with wide menu offerings from Certified Humane meat and eggs,” said Adele Douglass, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care. “Fauquier County residents and visitors now have the opportunity to support the humane treatment of farm animals.”

HFAC is a national nonprofit organization supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), regional and local animal protection organizations, foundations and individuals. More information can be found at HFAC’s website, www.certifiedhumane.org.

News from Humane Farm Animal Care
P.O. Box 727, Herndon, Virginia 20172 – (703) 435-3883
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Wells, Humane Farm Animal Care – (303) 417-0696

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