William G. Winter grew up in a farm family in South-Western Kansas. Most of his family resides in and around Medicine Lodge, Kansas, also Nashville, Zenda, Harper, and Attica. He got his veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 1975. He also received a degree in Animal Nutrition and completed post-graduate studies and conducted scientific research in Veterinary Toxicology. After a brief large animal/equine practice experience in Northern Missouri, he moved to Minnesota, specializing in surgical referrals and opened an emergency clinic.
In 1980 he created what became one of the largest and most successful holistic veterinary practices in the United States. He has advanced training and certification in veterinary homeopathy, herbal medicine, veterinary chiropractic and animal psychology and behavior modification. He is a co-founder of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He writes for several eco-agriculture and livestock grazing journals and web sites. He has served as the veterinary advisor to the International Alliance of Sustainable Agriculture since 1984. He is the author of THE HOLISTIC VETERINARY HANDBOOK.
In 1999 he retired from his practice and said goodbye to his practice licenses so that he could focus full-time on lecturing and writing about holistic veterinary livestock issues, sustainable agriculture and traditional nutrition. He has recently founded the American Holistic Livestock Association. He is the local chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation for Minneapolis-St. Paul and moderates several web discussion groups about sustainable local and nutrient-dense food as well as for the natural rearing of pastured livestock. Since 2004 he has been the herd consultant for the Thousand Hills Cattle Company. He is the founder and owner of RESCUE ANIMAL PRODUCTS and the developer or previous owner of SOJOURNER FARMS, RESTORATION RAW PET FOOD, and RAW BISTRO. He is the owner of LUCKY PIG FARMS and raises pastured Berkshire hogs, as well as implementation of various invasive weed eradication programs utilizing his flocks of American Blackbelly Hair Sheep and Kik0-Boar meat goats.
He is married to REBEKAH LEONHART and has two adult daughters, MICHELE PFENDER and STEFFANIE WINTER. CHI CHI is the resident chihuahua.