The beef cattle at Blue Bear Farm & Cattle Co., LLC are now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW).

One of a portfolio of leading farm certifications offered by A Greener World, the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label lets consumers know 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 the only “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability — and the only animal welfare certification in which they have confidence.

Dawna Bicknell Tanner and Mike Tanner’s beef cattle are also Certified Grassfed by AGW. Certified Grassfed by AGW is an optional, additional accreditation for Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmers and ranchers raising cattle, sheep, goats or bison according to the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW high-welfare standards and a 100 percent grassfed feeding protocol.

Dawna Bicknell Tanner and Mike Tanner of Blue Bear Farm & Cattle. Co., LLC began farming when Dawna returned to her roots and began to raise Devon and Devon cross cattle on the farm in the Red Hills region of Southwest Georgia. The couple chose to pursue Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Grassfed by AGW certifications because they felt the programs best mirrored their exemplary animal husbandry practices and commitment to sustainability.

“We believe animals must be allowed to perform natural and instinctive behaviors essential to their health and well-being,” Dawna Tanner said. “We have worked diligently to earn the trust of our consumers and to demonstrate that we are committed to sustainable practices for our land and our animals. Offering validation through the rigorous certification process from A Greener World was an important step for us, and we are proud of our certifications.”

AGW Executive Director Emily Moose said,“In a marketplace crowded withmisinformation and greenwashing, trusted third-party certifications like Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Grassfed by AGW deliver real transparency for farmers and consumers. We’re proud to work with farmers and ranchers like Blue Bear Farm & Cattle Co., LLC to promote their high-quality products and sustainable farming practices.”

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW beef from Blue Bear Farm & Cattle Co., LLC is available for order online with area pickup and at the Red Hills Market online. For more information about Blue Bear Farm & Cattle Co., LLC visit bluebeargrassfed.com, follow the farm on Facebook and Instagram and get in touch with Dawna Bicknell Tanner at bluebearfarmga@gmail.com and (850) 212-5816.

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