Humane Farm Animal Care® (HFAC), the leading non-profit certification organization improving the lives of farm animals in food production, announced today that Capriole, Inc. (Greenville, IN) has been certified as a producer of Certified Humane Raised and Handled® farmstead goat cheese.
Founded in 1976, Capriole, Inc. is a producer of handmade fresh, ripened, and aged chevres that use only the milk of its own herd. The goats spend their entire lives on the farm and are fed a nutritious diet, largely consisting of home-grown hay and woodland pasture grass. With over 75 acres, the herd has more than sufficient space to allow them to roam and engage in their natural behaviors.
“We consider our herd a part of our family, so we looked carefully at HFAC and the ‘Certified Humane’ inspection process, to make sure that it was not a ‘rubber stamp’ program. I sincerely respect the certification and the people behind it,” said Judy Schad, Owner, Capriole. “Customers care about how our animals are treated and being ‘Certified Humane’ helps us have transparency with our customers.”
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals by certifying their humane treatment. Endorsed by more than 35 humane organizations, the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program is nationally recognized as the Gold Standard for certifying animal welfare from birth through slaughter. Since the program was unveiled in May 2003, more than 60 companies, representing hundreds of farms and millions of farm animals, have been certified.
HFAC’s Animal Care Standards were developed by a veritable “Who’s Who” of national and international animal scientists and farm-animal welfare experts. Producer compliance with the HFAC standards is verified through annual on-site visits by HFAC’s third-party inspectors.
For additional information on HFAC, visit www.certifiedhumane.org.
For additional information on Capriole, Inc., visit www.capriolegoatcheese.com.
Alice Ryan / Katrina Gugenberger