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From factory farmer to free-range rancher

How one Georgian farmer is going against the grain.

When pointing out the problems with industrial livestock production, Compassion in World Farming is often asked how farmers can improve their systems. One bold Georgian has led the way in his decision to walk away from factory farming in his quest for greener pastures: Will Harris, who owns White Oak Pastures. This fifth-generation farm in the south of the state was, until 1995, a large-scale industrial farm raising calves for beef. But after sending some of his livestock off on a 30-hour journey to slaughter, he began to realise that something was wrong with this system.

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