The Animal Welfare Approved seal is a hard earned badge of difference and demonstrates the farmer’s commitment to the care of animals, land and the local community. Farmers in this program will be distinguished by a humane and conscientious attitude towards the animals in their care as evidenced by physical audit and development of detailed plans and records of farm practices. Participation in the AWA program is voluntary.
Farmers in the program agree to a minimum of one visit a year from AWA staff or agents, with the possibility of additional visits if deemed necessary, to confirm compliance with the standards during various seasons and to allow observation of animals in different phases of life. Participation in the program is on an annual basis and must be renewed each year. Before applying, you should review the standards for the species in question to make sure you believe they are consistent with your farming practices and values. Please do not apply to the AWA program unless you have the animals in question currently on your farm.