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Creekstone Farms has achieved Certified Humane certification for its natural Black Angus beef from Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading international non-profit certification organization.
Arkansas City, Kan.-based Creekstone Farms decided early on to treat their cattle humanely from the start, including developing handling systems to reduce their stress.
“We've always felt treating the animals humanely is the right thing to do," says Ryan Meyer, director of cattle procurement. "Our cattle handling facilities were designed by renowned farm animal expert Dr. Temple Grandin to minimize stress at our facility," explained Meyer. "The Certified Humane verification for our cattle was the logical next step. We have always been focused on low-stress animal handling practices, but a third-party verification by Humane Farm Animal Care gives consumers even more confidence that we are practicing what we preach.”
According to Adele Douglass, executive director for HFAC, there is a growing consumer demand for humanely-raised food. “People want to know how farm animals are being raised and handled on the farm,” she says. “Creekstone Farms recent certification of their Black Angus cattle shows consumers that animal welfare is a continuing priority.”
The Certified Humane assures consumers that farm animals are raised under HFAC’s standards of care, giving farm animals space to express natural behaviors, move around freely, and eat diets free of antibiotics, growth hormones and animal by-products. HFAC’s standards are written by a 37-member scientific committee, all experts in farm animal welfare.
A list of Creekstone Farms' natural Black Angus beef retailers can be found here.