At Schweid & Sons, we love our consumers as much as they love quality beef! Meat eaters are a tight knit group of discerning carnivores. Most beef eaters would sooner chew on cardboard than swap a juicy, choice cut for a veggie patty. But is it possible for carnivores to love meat and still be compassionate consumers? We believe the answer is a resounding yes! Ethical husbandry and quality beef production go hand in hand to create wholesome products while improving the lives of farm animals everywhere. Now that’s something you can really sink your teeth into!
Learn more about what Certified Humane Raised and Handled Beef is, the distinction between certified ethical vs. other common labels, and the difference consumers can make by choosing humane.
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading non-profit entity that oversees the Certified Humane Raised and Handled Beef classification.
The guiding mission of the HFAC is “improving the lives of farm animals in food production” by “driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.” This standard allows for a comprehensive approach to humane farming that works with farmers and ranchers to promote health, enrichment, and care for poultry and livestock. You may be familiar with the “Free Range” label in the chicken industry that HFAC also oversees.
The cattle industry is subject to similar standards, with a rigorous 5-step certification process that consists of:
In addition to these base guidelines, HFAC may perform routine audits. Animal welfare experts look at everything from sufficient space for cattle to roam, the size of facilities where animals are housed, pasture upkeep, feeding routine, overall health, and humane harvest practices. These tenets ensure responsible practices are maintained throughout the year and reinforced when it comes time for renewal.
Ethical practices are not only good for the animals, but beneficial to the planet overall by decreasing the carbon footprint left behind from traditional farming and opting for sustainable agriculture and ranching.
By being a compassionate consumer, your dollar can go a long way in actively supporting ethical family farms and local ranchers. This in turn allows sustainable operations to continue to maintain quality standards that produce wholesome, all natural beef.
So don’t cover up the grill just yet. Schweid and Sons is proud to offer family farm raised, all natural Angus beef that’s always certified humane, raised and handled by our network of 250 local farms across the United States. Raise a burger to great taste and compassionate farmers!
Got questions? Contact our beef experts for more tips on how carnivores can go cruelty free.