Jim Richardson, DVM

Jim and his wife Kay Richardson own Richardson Farms in Rockdale, Texas.  A family farmer who was raised on a farm from childhood, Jim is also a retired veterinarian board certified in canine/feline medicine.  The Richardsons describe their philosophy as:

"...conservation minded in our farming efforts and car[ing] deeply about the health and well-being of our animals.  All of our livestock are in large open areas/pastures and are free to interact with each other."

I caught up with Jim at the end of a farmer's market in Austin Texas, just as he and his crew were taking down their booth. It was windy as I approached with my camera out and somewhat breathless, hoping I wasn't too late. Jim was holding up one end of the tent against the strong wind, and I was relieved when he said he'd be happy to spare a few moments to talk. I was especially interested in learning about his views on farming given his background in veterinary medicine, and he offered his perspectives in the few moments we shared. 


Interview Excerpts

             The Question of Killing Animals for Food

                       Raising Happy Pigs

                          About Richardson Farms

                         Ending an Animal's Life

                        Medicating Farm Animals

                           The "New Old Way"