(703)435-3883 info@certifiedhumane.org PO Box 82 Middleburg, VA 20118

Hart Dairy

Hart Dairy is the single largest source of cows in the United States today that are never confined, environmentally sustainable, roam free-range and are grass-fed 365 days a year. They are redefining the grass-fed standard.

Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Richard Watson is one of the world’s top leaders in research and development related to animal welfare and best-in-class grazing and pasture-based techniques. For over 20 years, he has worked to pioneer the 365-day dairy grazing standard and has invested over $30 million to build the single largest source of cows in the United States that are never confined, environmentally sustainable, roam free-range and are grass-fed 365 days a year.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Humane Farm Animal Care and proud to have the Certified Humane® label on our Hart Dairy milk bottles,” said Tim Connell, Hart Dairy chief executive officer. “Their seal of approval is a testament to our passion to ensure a healthy living environment for our cows, as they graze free-range on green grass pastures 365 days a year. We truly believe the happiest cows produce the most pure, delicious milk for our customers.”

Hart Dairy believes in HFAC’s Animal Care Standards, which include undergoing third-party inspections to confirm compliance to be certain cows:

  • Are fed nutritious diets without antibiotics, growth promoters and animal byproducts.
  • Receive proper shelter, resting areas and sufficient space to support natural behaviors.

Hart Dairy’s 3,500-plus herd is located just outside of Augusta, Georgia, where annual rainfall and temperature conditions are at a temperate sweet spot. In fact, grazing conditions in this area of the United States are even better than the world-renowned dairy farms found in Richard’s native New Zealand, where 365-day per year grazing techniques began.

Because of the location, investment, global research and development, and Richard’s passion for world-class grazing and pasture-based techniques, Hart Dairy is now the largest 100% free range and grass-fed farming system in North America and is the first and ONLY dairy farm in the United States to produce Certified Humane milk.

To learn more, visit their website at https://www.hartdairy.com/. For information on where to buy Hart Dairy products and other Certified Humane® products in your area, visit CertifiedHumane.org/Shop or download the Certified Humane free product locator mobile app.

Cannon Hill Farm, Mount Jackson, VA

Cannon Hill Farm is a biologically diverse, certified organic and Certified Humane® beef farm that has been continuously farmed by the Scothern family for over a century. The farm is located just west of Interstate 81, Exit 273, Mount Jackson, Virginia. Cannon Hill Farm has been operated by Gary and Martha Scothern Lantz since 1993. It has been certified organic since 2004 and Certified Humane® since 2010.

On Virginia’s short list of farms that has control of its animals from conception to consumption, Cannon Hill Farm is a “closed operation” in that it produces all nutrient-dense, non-GMO feeds required to raise and finish its animals. The farm specializes in raising the heritage breed, Belted Galloway (aka “Belties”), a traditional Scottish breed of cattle, as well as Angus and Hereford. Beltie beef is fine-grained and well-marbled with tenderness, texture and flavor that consumers expect in high quality beef. Studies have shown that Belted Galloway beef is higher in protein, calcium and niacin, and lower in calories, fat and cholesterol. Gary’s famous saying is: “Feed the soil and the soil feeds the plants, which then feed the animals.” All cattle have free access to barns year-round and there is available shelter for the entire herd.

Cannon Hill Farm is a sustainable farming operation where everything cycles as it should and is a prime example of regenerative agriculture. In 2015, the farm was recognized with Shenandoah County’s Outstanding Conservation Farm Award for its sustainable practices and conservation methods which protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

224 Cannon Hill Road, Mount Jackson, VA 22842
Gary and Martha Lantz, Owners/Operators

Nature’s Farm

First Laying Hen Farm and Artisanal Pasta Maker in Canada to become Certified Humane®

Nature’s Farm, one of Manitoba’s most celebrated family farms, has been at the forefront of Canadian agricultural practices since its founding in 1987. Owner Hermann Grauer brought the first Omega3 eggs to Manitoba markets in 1996 and prides himself on his aviary environment, an advanced system, originally designed in Switzerland, to optimize bird welfare.

“We knew we needed a good egg to make great artisanal pasta,” says Grauer. “We use our own fresh eggs, sustainably-grown GMO-free wheat flour, authentic bronze dies, small batch processing, and slow, low temperature drying processes to yield excellent results.”

In addition to delivering high quality, great tasting foods, the main goals of Nature’s Farm include an emphasis on family farming that stands up for healthy soil, happy chickens, and a food system that values health for people and the planet.

To learn more, visit their website: Nature’s Farm

Tamam Poultry, Jordan

“Tamam” means perfection, being complete. Tamam Chicken is the first national brand of chicken in Jordan that is fed exclusively a 100% vegetarian diet, supervised and licensed by the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture, and now Certified Humane®. The feed used is a very premium blend with no animal by-products. The result is a leaner product, lower in fat and higher in protein, making it a market leading, healthy choice. To read more, visit their website at https://tamamfood.com/

Shenandoah Valley Organic

ABOUT Farmer Focus

Founded by sixth-generation farmer Corwin Heatwole in 2014, Farmer Focus is a unique USDA organic and Certified Humane® chicken brand with a mission to promote and protect generational family farms. By shifting farm-level decision-making and chicken ownership back to farmers and empowering them to farm the way they know is best, Farmer Focus significantly improves the financial viability of the farm and farmer profit. Available in 2,800 stores throughout the East Coast and Midwest, including major retailers like Publix, Kroger, Harris Teeter and more, Farmer Focus is committed to consistently producing exceedingly delicious, 100% USDA organic and Certified Humane® chicken that is better for people, the planet and animals.

Visit FarmerFocus.com to learn more.

For information on where to buy Certified Humane® products in your area, visit our Shop page or download our free mobile app.

Fassio Egg Farms

In the spring of 1915, Mr. and Mrs. James Fassio began farming in their Salt Lake Valley community and exchanged unsold wheat for 50 layer chickens used to help eat grain. Years of growth followed for both the layer operation and the Fassio family and within a decade, the flock grew to 350 birds and became the family’s livelihood.

In the 1940s, a fire in a chicken-coop rental property lead to the construction of new on-site facilities, and in the 1960s, young members of the Fassio family began acquiring poultry science and agribusiness degrees from leading universities to solidify the future of their family’s business.

Property developments and the modernization of facilities and equipment followed in the 1970s and 1980s, with major expansions in the early 2000s to maintain Fassio Egg Farm’s status as the leading egg producer in the state of Utah.

Today, Fassio Egg Farm remains as a family-owned and operated business, “proud that the average employment of its people is 10 years, with 28% of its employees being with the company for over 17 years,” according to their website.

Their mission states, “Since 1915 Fassio Egg Farms has been in the egg production business. We have experienced and
will continue to experience new technologies and new methods of producing the best product, while fostering the mutual respect of employees, neighbors, community, and egg industry leaders alike.”

To learn more, visit their website at: www.fassioeggfarms.com

Idyll Farms Certified Humane® Alpine Goats in Northport, Michigan

Idyll Farms has Certified Humane® Alpine goats that are pasture-fed through a rotational grazing operation. Everything from pasture to creamery happens on-site in this small village in Northport, Michigan. Goats are milked twice a day and graze on grasses, trees, leaves, brush, and wildflowers on 200 acres of Leelanau Peninsula. Every day, milk is transformed into cheese right next door to the milking parlor and the brand Idyll Pastures takes its name from the lush landscape that is the natural food source for this ruminant species.

Goats instinctively choose to eat what their bodies need and crave, resulting in changing properties in their milk according to the season. Alpine goats in particular, known for producing sweet nutritious milk, are descendants of livestock from the French Alps so they are hardy and well suited to the climate in Northern Michigan. Each goat produces about a gallon of milk per day and has distinctive markings (and distinctive personalities!) that makes them distinguishable from one another.

French cheese making consultants, using old world techniques, trained the Idyll Farms team. Now, with state of the art cheese caves for temperature and humidity maintenance, Idyll Farms is able to create award-winning cheeses they describe as, “bites of heaven from nature”.

To learn more, visit their website at: IdyllFarms.com.

For information on where to buy Idyll Farm products and other Certified Humane® products in your area, visit CertifiedHumane.org/Shop or download Certified Humane’s free store locator mobile app.

Braswell Family Farms

Braswell Family Farms began as Boddie Milling in 1943 when E.G. and Joe Braswell purchased the mill from G.M. Strickland, whom they had worked for, for several years. The brothers produced corn meal for more than 20 years at this location before purchasing a mill in the heart of Nashville, NC and starting Braswell Milling Company. E.G.’s sons, Gene and Ronald, continued to run the feed mill and began raising immature hens known as pullets, eventually leading to the egg production side of the farm. Through the leadership of Ronald’s son, Scott, the company became one of the leading egg and feed producers in the country, known as Braswell Family Farms.

Today, Braswell Family Farms is in its fourth-generation under the leadership of Trey Braswell, who continues to move the company forward. He oversaw the addition of Braswell’s first pasture-raised farm that began production in the spring of 2018. “The creation of our pasture-raised farm allows us to supply a growing area of the egg market that is important to our customers,” says Trey. Braswell Family Farms’ second pasture-raised farm began producing eggs in February of 2019. The family farm plans to continue its expansion into free-range and pasture-raised farming.

Braswell Family Farms provides the utmost care for its hens. A flock supervisor is assigned to oversee and care for each flock. They begin by raising the hens from baby chicks (pullets) at only a day old. The pullets are fed a special formulated feed, which is made at the company’s very own feed mill. This provides a high nutrient content to the pullets and is essential for their growth. Around 16 to 18 weeks of age, the pullets are transferred to their designated farm to lay eggs. These eggs are collected and sent to Braswell Family Farms’ processing facility to be packed and sent customers, such as Lowes Foods, Food City, America’s Food Basket, and Weis Markets.

Braswell Family Farms not only strives to provide the safest, highest quality eggs to consumers, but it also strives to produce the feed for its hens in the same manner. Braswell Family Farms operates one of the largest organic feed mills on the east coast and is proud to supply other like-minded producers with nutritious feed for their livestock.

Braswell Family Farms is committed to environmental stewardship, animal welfare, food safety and quality assurance. In addition to being Certified Humane, the family farm has the following certifications: American Humane, United Egg Producers (UEP), Safe Quality Food (SQF), Organic, OU Kosher and ISO 14001.

Drake Family Farms

Drake Family Farms, Ontario, California. Where every goat has a name!

“Addy loves to be scratched on her back. Violet has a long back. They are like a herd of dogs with all different personalities, some are laid back, they all want to be in your face all the time,” commented farm owner and veterinarian, Dan Drake, of Drake Family Farms, of Ontario, California.

Drake Family Farms cheeses are both “farmstead,” and “artisan.” “Farmstead,” means made on the farm with milk exclusively from the farm’s own animals. According to the American Cheese Society, the word “artisan or artisanal,” implies that cheese is produced primarily by hand, in small batches, with particular attention paid to the tradition of the cheese maker’s art, and thus using as little mechanization as possible in the production of the cheese.

The secret to making the best cheese is to use only the highest quality milk. The best quality milk comes from happy healthy goats. Dan Drake is the veterinarian who has been overseeing the health of the Drake Family Farms goatherd for the past 26 years. All the goats have names and are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association. The goats are housed in open housing with indoor and outdoor areas and allowed to go wherever they please. They do not eat corn or soy, but do delight in the greenest alfalfa hay you have ever seen. They are our pets!

Drake Family Farms are currently producing fresh chevre at the farm. They use the finest French cultures. It is incubated for twelve hours and then drained in bags to give it a wonderful smooth texture and taste. All of our chevre cheese is packaged in tubs, which make great storage containers so you can eat a little bit of and snap the lid back on to keep it fresh for the next day. We recommend everyone have a few tubs in the freezer in case you have a goat cheese emergency!

Our raw goat milk cheese are made from real raw goat milk. We take raw goat milk from the goats on our farm and then make the cheese. We do not add preservatives or mold inhibitors. We do add salt to the cheese, which has a preservation effect. As long as the cheese stays vacuum-sealed, you can keep it in the fridge for months or even years! Visit us on Facebook to see events, our farm store and join a tour at Drake Family Farms Goat Dairy California. DrakeFamilyFarms.com

Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd

Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd: the first Certified Humane® Egg Producer in Singapore

brown cage-free chickens in barnHumane Farm Animal Care is pleased to announce expansion to South East Asia and welcomes the first egg producer in Singapore to the Certified Humane® Raised and Handled Program. Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd began in Singapore as a family farm focused on various aspects of poultry and egg production. 30 years later, Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd remains a family-owned and family-operated business and joined the Certified Humane® program to meet a growing consumer demand for products labeled with verifiable animal welfare claims.

Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd was already using cage-free management systems for laying hens when they first reached out to the Certified Humane® Program through contacts at Humane Society International.  “We are a family of farmers and have always worked closely with our animals. They are like family too so of course their welfare is very important to us,” says company director Edvin Lim. “We already had a cage-free product so it was only natural that we joined the Certified Humane® program to bring our system to an international standard.”brown cage-free chickens in barn

In 2014, Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd predicted that there would be a demand for humane products in South East Asian supermarkets and began investing in the latest and best techniques for cage-free systems which allowed birds to have enough space to express natural behaviors such as foraging, interacting with other hens, and dust bathing. Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd believes that allowing the birds to behave this way keeps them happy and healthy, which improves the egg quality and in turn helps the company market cage-free eggs to its consumers.

brown cage-free chickens in barnEach cage-free egg is individually picked and labeled to guarantee that product has been subjected to strict quality controls. Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd cage-free eggs can be found at large supermarkets in Singapore, hotel chains, and online shopping sites such as Redmart and Amazon Prime. “Our aim is to bring ethical products which are respectful to the environment and animals, “says Lim. For more information about Chew’s Agriculture Pte Ltd cage-free eggs, visit https://www.chewsegg.com/about.html.