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Sunny Silver Maple Farm in Adel, Iowa Awarded Highest Animal Welfare Certification

Posted April 11, 2013 in Adel, Community Web Exclusives

ADEL, IOWA (April 11, 2013) – The flock of fiber sheep of Sunny Silver Maple Farm are now certified as Animal Welfare Approved. This certification lets consumers know that these animals were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S., using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.

Like other AWA farmers across the country, Donna Schauer of Sunny Silver Maple Farm recognizes the growing consumer interest in how animals are being raised. Raising animals outdoors on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment.

Schauer began raising fiber sheep two years ago when she purchased a ram and two ewes of the registered Romeldale CVM breed. The AWA-certified fiber sheep are coated year-round and have a high quality, clean fleece that is ideally suited for the hand-spinner market. Last summer fleece from one of Schauer’s ewe’s earned first place in the fine-fleece division at the Sheep and Wool Festival, showing Schauer’s success with the breed and as a farmer. Sunny Silver Maple Farm is also home to traditional breed turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese and chickens.

AWA Program Director Andrew Gunther says, “The accountability and integrity offered by Animal Welfare Approved farmers like Donna are unmatched in animal agriculture. We’re glad to have Sunny Silver Maple Farm in the AWA family.”

For more information, email Schauer at

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