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The pigs at Sage Croft Farms, of Higginsville, are now certified as Animal Welfare Approved. This certification and food label lets consumers know the animals were raised using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.

According to a news release, farmer Heather Laudie certified with Animal Welfare Approved because it fit with her practices and long-term goals for the farm.

Sustainable farming methods have paid off for Laudie. She says, “We’re surrounded by a lot of very conventional agriculture operations. When people heard about how I was farming, that I was hand-feeding my pigs every day without corn, I think that really created a demand for our product.”

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