Kinder Farm PracticesWe believe that every goat deserves to lead a good life, be treated with love and respect, and engage in a full range of their natural behaviors. That’s why each farm that supplies goat milk to Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery must be Certified Humane®. The program is designed to empower consumers to buy food products with the confidence that they came from a farm with high standards for animal welfare.
What Is Certified Humane?
Certified Humane® is a rigorous animal welfare certification awarded by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), an independent, third-party nonprofit organization based in Virginia. By certifying products with the Certified Humane® logo, consumers are given a choice. The goal is to improve the lives of farm animals in food production by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.
The animal welfare standards for Certified Humane® were created by a Scientific Committee comprised of 40 scientists and veterinarians from all over the world. For goats, requirements include:
- Animals must receive a nutritious diet free of antibiotics or hormones. They must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space that are sufficient to support their 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 and gregarious animals, goats must be housed within sight or sound of goats or other animals.
- Milking, shearing or and clipping procedures must meet HFAC standard.
To read the complete standards for dairy goats, click here