Phares and Ruthie Lapp raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) Limousin cattle at JuJo Acres in Loysville, Pennsylvania. Located in the lush hills of Perry County, the Lapps purchased JuJo Acres to continue a business started by the original owners who have been raising premium quality beef for over 40 years.
The cattle at JuJo Acres are also Certified Grassfed by AGW. This additional certification was important to the Lapps because they plan to market their grassfed beef direct to the public, and they anticipate the certification—with its emphasis on high-welfare, grassfed production—will attract new customers. Certified Grassfed by AGW is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees that food products originate from animals fed a 100 percent grass and forage fed, raised outdoors on pastures or range for their entire lives, and are managed according to the highest welfare and environmental standards on an independent family farm.
The herd of cattle at JuJo Acres is made up of 16 mama cows and the herd bull. The Limousin breed is known for producing lean beef and the cattle do very well on a grass- and forage-only diet. “The cattle are a lot healthier being raised on grass, but there’s a lot of health benefits for the people eating this type of beef, too,” Phares says. “Some people’s bodies cannot handle grain-fed beef, so we’re happy to be able to provide them with our Certified Grassfed by AGW beef.”
The Lapps applied for Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Grassfed by AGW certifications because a fellow farmer and friend recommended the programs. “Raising animals outdoors on pasture is the way I like to farm, and now to be able to have our farming practices certified means that our customers can feel assured that I farm in a way that is also important to them,” Phares says. “Trusted third-party certifications like Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW mean a lot to our customers.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW beef from JuJo Acres is sold directly from the farm. For more information about JuJo Acres—and to purchase their grassfed beef—contact Phares and Ruthie Lapp at 717-669-5985.