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Hoofprint Cheese Company awarded top environmental and animal welfare certification

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August 26, 2019 11:40 am

MILLBROOK — The herd of dairy goats at Hoofprint Cheese Company is now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW).

This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm. Consumer Reports has rated Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW as a “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability — and the only animal welfare certification in which they have confidence.

Like other Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmers across the country, Brendan and Katelyn Foley recognize the growing consumer interest in how animals are raised on farms. Managing animals outdoors on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment.

The Foley’s small-scale artisanal goat dairy and creamery is focused on providing high-welfare and sustainable food to their local community. The farm uses rotational grazing practices and sustainable farming techniques, which results in lower environmental impact and a higher quality product. Katelyn Foley of Hoofprint Cheese Company says all of the hard work is worthwhile because, ultimately, “it’s our goal to give our goats the best care possible. We are excited to say that we earned our Animal Welfare Approved certification because this means that our farming management meets or exceeds the standards set forth by A Greener World, not only in the exceptional care given to our animals but in our sustainable farming practices as well.”

Hoofprint Cheese Company goat milk cheeses are available direct from the farm, as well as at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market and other restaurants and stores in the area. To learn more about Hoofprint Cheese Company, including where to buy it and more, visit hoofprintcheesecompany.com, or contact the Foleys at hoofprint@hoofprintcheesecompany.com and 845-264-4464. You can also follow the farm on Facebook and Instagram.