Global Animal Partnership: Animal Standards - Beef

Do you know where your beef comes from?

Beef production varies widely depending on the life stage of the cow. Calves, young adults, and adult cows all require different care. That’s why our program has Steps and is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model. We allow room to grow and change how animals are raised within the program from Step 1 to Step 5+.

We also use independent companies to audit the farms every 15-months, through different seasons. To learn more, please review our comprehensive standards for each Step.

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Steps and Standards for Beef Ratings

GAP Beef Partners

365 by Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey

Adams Ranch

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

American Grassfed Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Arcadian Organic and Natural Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Baldwin Family Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Blue Goose Cattle Co

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Branch Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Brasstown Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Caldwell Family Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 5

Caviness Beef Packers

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Cold Spring Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Continental Sausage

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1 / Pork, Step 1

Continental Sausage

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef, Pork

Country Natural Beef

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Country Natural Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Crystal River Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Desert Mountain Grassfed

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Eel River Organic Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Frontiere Natural Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Grassfed Livestock Alliance

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Grayson Natural Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd. (Cape Grim)

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Happy N Healthy Pet Products

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 4 / Beef, Step 1 & 4

Happy N’ Healthy Pet Products

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Beef

Hawaii Big Island Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Hearst Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Hickory Nut Gap Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Hunter Cattle Co.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Joyce Farms

Manufacturers & Processors:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2, Turkey Step 4, Beef Step 4

Joyce Farms

Products & Brands:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2, Turkey Step 4, Beef Step 4

Lasater Grasslands Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Maid-Rite Specialty Foods, LLC

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef

Marksbury Farm Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 4 / Beef, Step 4

Meyer Natural Angus

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef

Meyer Natural Angus

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1

Mosner Family Brands

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef, Lamb, Pork

Nature’s Rancher

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 1 / Chicken, Step 2 / Turkey, Step 1 & 3

Niman Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 1 / Beef, Step 4

Open Farm Inc.

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4 / Lamb, Step 4

Panorama Meats

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Panorama Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Perky Jerky

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4 / Turkey, Step 1

Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc.

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Proffitt Family Cattle Co.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Simply Grazin’

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Simpson Farms

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Southern Natural Farms

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1

Wellshire Farms

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4 / Pork, Step 1, 4 & 5

Wellshire Farms

Manufacturers & Processors:
Chicken, Beef, Pork

Western Grassfed Beef

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Western Grassfed Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Wilde

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3 / Turkey, Step 3 / Pork, Step 1 / Beef, Step 4

White Oak Pastures

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 5+ / Turkey, Step 5+ / Beef, Step 4, 5+ / Pork, Step 5+

Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Turkey