Saturday, November 11, 2006

WE GOT IT !!

We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud, we got the Certified Humane Certification for our Turkeys, Layer chickens and our broilers, we will get it for our pigs as soon as our processing facility is inspected and passes.

We will be on Connecticut Public Radio's Food Smooze on Wednesday the 15th of November at 3:00 PM

Here is the press release we are sending out:

Press Release: November 10, 2006

On top of Quoketaug Hill
Stonington, Ct

Of the 4,200 farms in the State of Connecticut, Footsteps Farm is the FIRST and ONLY farm to receive the prestigious “Certified Humane” Certification for their Turkeys, Layer Chickens and Broiler Chickens.

Of the 2,100,900 farms in the United States, Footsteps Farm is one of 55 farms so honored with the Certification.

www.certifiedhumane.org

The Certified Humane Raised & Handled Label is a consumer certification and labeling program.When you see the Certified Humane Raised & Handled label it means that an egg, dairy, meat or poultry product has been produced with the welfare of the farm animal in mind. Food products that carry the label are certified to have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.

QUALITY STANDARDS
A team of veterinarians and animal scientists developed the Animal Care Standards to ensure that producers and processors keep animals in conditions that have met high standards of animal care:

• Allow animals to engage in their natural behaviors
• Raising animals with sufficient space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress
• Making sure they have ample fresh water and a healthy diet without added antibiotics or hormones

Under the system, growth hormones are prohibited, and animals are raised on a regular diet of quality feed free of antibiotics. Producers also must comply with local, state and federal environmental standards. Processors must comply with the American Meat Institute Standards, a higher standard for slaughtering farm animals than the Federal Humane Slaughter Act.

RIGOROUS INSPECTIONS
Humane Farm Animal Care is the independent non-profit organization that conducts regular inspections and administers the “Certified Humane Raised & Handled” program. Participating businesses must pass an initial inspection as well as annual re-inspection to remain part of the Certified Humane Raised & Handled program.

Inspectors have training and education in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, or other relevant backgrounds. To further assure fairness, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Services verifies the inspection process.

A BETTER CHOICE
The quality of the meat, poultry, egg and dairy products depends, at least in part, on the quality of care farm animals receive. The Certified Humane Raised & Handled program lets consumers choose products from businesses that are providing humane conditions for the animals in their care.

We welcome the public to see what goes in to a Certified Humane farm by visiting our web site at www.footstepsfarm.com

We are deeply honored to receive this prestigious certification and we look forward to meeting and serving the public with the finest humanely raised and handled pastured heirloom products.

Craig & Sheryl Floyd

1 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Congrats, Craig. We are inspired by your diligence for the pursuit of a viable small farm! Jo and I have only done pastured chicken and layers (for ourselves) but this year we are going to get goats or pigs. No decision yet.

Again thank you for the inspiration.

David Doyle and Joanna Negri

7:20 AM  

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