Certified Humane® Label Awarded to Stickney Hill Dairy

News from Humane Farm Animal Care - For Immediate Release

Contact: Michele Wells, Humane Farm Animal Care (303) 417-0696

Herndon, Va., July 23, 2008 – The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label was awarded by the nonprofit Humane Farm Animal Care to Stickney Hill Dairy, the first dairy in Minnesota to join the program.

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled label assures consumers that a meat, poultry, egg or dairy product has been produced according to Humane Farm Animal Care’s (HFAC) precise standards for humane farm animal treatment. Animals must receive a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior. Since HFAC’s program was unveiled in May 2003, more than 65 companies, representing hundreds of farms, have been certified.

Located in Kimball, Minn., in Minnesota’s dairy country, Stickney Hill operates a goat milk dairy processing facility that focuses on the production of cheese, butter and milk powders. Goat milk for the company's products is produced on five different Midwest family farms, each with a mixed goat herd of 80 to 180 Alpine, Saanen, Nubian, LaMancha and Oberhasli breeds.

"We believe in the practices of the Certified Humane program. Our milk producers are dedicated to treating their animals well, and this certification is a validation that they follow best practices," said Cheryl Willenbring, sales coordinator of Stickney Hill Dairy.

Stickney Hill's cheeses are sold through its retail segment at Lunds and Byerly’s stores, Kowalski’s Markets, Supertarget stores, and some of the small food cooperatives in the Twin Cities area. More information can be found at www.stickneydairy.com.

HFAC’s Animal Care Standards were developed by a veritable “Who’s Who” of national and international animal scientists and farm-animal welfare experts. Producer compliance with the HFAC standards is verified through annual on-site visits by HFAC’s third-party inspectors.

HFAC is a national nonprofit organization supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), regional and local animal protection organizations, foundations and individuals. More information is available at HFAC’s website, www.certifiedhumane.org.