Texas Meat Company, Capra Lamb, Becomes World’s First to Receive Global Animal Partnership Step 5 Animal Welfare Certification

By October 22, 2018News
Capra Lamb - Step 5 GAP Producer

Goldthwaite, TX, October 21, 2018 – Capra Premium Dorper Lamb based in Goldthwaite, Texas has become the first U.S.-based lamb company to receive the Global Animal Partnership (GAP)’s 5 Step® Animal Welfare rating and the highest rating ever issued to a commercial lamb program globally.

GAP, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Austin, TX, is one of the largest animal welfare certification labeling programs in North America. The GAP Certification process and labeling program makes it easier for consumers who care about the treatment of the livestock they consume to identify ethically raised animals.

The GAP’s 5 Step® Animal Welfare certification process is comprehensive, taking into consideration the living conditions, emotional well-being, management, handling and care and diet of the animals for the entire life of the animal. To achieve Step 5 level, lamb’s, and their parents, must be raised on pasture for their entire lives. The ranches are thoroughly checked to ensure the animals are humanely handled and never receive any antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products. Lamb’s are also not castrated or tail docked.

GAP Executive Director, Anne Malleau commented, “We’re incredibly proud of the work Capra Foods and their ranchers have done to achieve Step 5 certification. Their dedication to animal welfare is something we’re excited to be helping explain to their customers.”

Founder and Managing Partner of Capra Foods, Craig Jones stated, “We feel very pleased that our ranch partners have received the world’s highest ranking in animal welfare from GAP. Our group of family ranches throughout Texas and beyond put a lot of time and effort into ensuring we raise our animals as nature intended – 100% grass fed, free to roam on pasture and free from antibiotics.

“We feel motivated by both our personal values and by the increase in consumer demand from more discerning meat eaters who care about where their food comes from.”

Capra’s ranchers raise Dorper Sheep, a meat breed that produces no wool, which results in a leaner, milder taste versus traditional and imported lamb. They distribute their meat across America via health oriented retailers, discerning food-service wholesalers and restaurants with a focus on sustainable sourcing. To find out more, visit www.caprafoods.com.

Marketed under the Capra Premium Dorper Lamb Brand®, Prime Fresh Foods processes and markets high quality, domestically raised, Dorper lamb to health oriented retailers and discriminating foodservice companies. The company positions its products in the “clean label” and “free from” protein segment. To find out more about Capra Foods or the GAP program, please visit:

www.caprafoods.com
www.globalanimalpartnership.org

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Founded in 2008, Global Animal Partnership (GAP) is a non-profit organization made up of farmers, scientists, retailers, manufacturers, and animal advocates, all collaborating with a common purpose: improving farm animal welfare. GAP is making a difference by creating and managing a comprehensive 5-Step® Welfare Rating Program for farm animals, where farms & ranches are audited every 15 months by an independent third-party. Through our 5-Step® Rating Program and labeled product program, producers and consumers can choose to support a program that continuously improves the lives of farm animals step by step.

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