We care about you,
your animals,
and your business.

WHY ANIMAL WELFARE?

63%

OF CONSUMERS LOOK FOR LABELS THAT CALL OUT HOW THE ANIMAL WAS RAISED WHEN PURCHASING MEAT

Global Animal Partnership SurveyMonkey Audience study, June 2018

46%

OF AMERICANS SAY THAT CLAIMS ON FOOD PRODUCTS HAVE A DIRECT INFLUENCE ON THEIR PURCHASE DECISION

Nielsen Shopper Trend survey from Label Insight, October 2018

93%

OF CONSUMERS SAY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR BRANDS AND MANUFACTURERS TO PROVIDE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT’S IN FOOD AND HOW IT’S MADE

Food Management Institute (FMI) 2018 Transparency Study

Global Animal Partnership SurveyMonkey Audience study, June 2018

Nielsen Shopper Trend survey from Label Insight, October 2018

Food Management Institute (FMI) 2018 Transparency Study

Why Producers like Farmers and Ranchers Should Choose Global Animal Partnership

Why G.A.P.?

Why G.A.P.? Comprehensive ApproachWhy G.A.P.? Comprehensive Approach

Comprehensive Approach

G.A.P. develops and implements tiered standards for 8 farm animal species, impacting over 416 million animals annually.

Why G.A.P.? IntegrityWhy G.A.P.? Integrity

Integrity

Every single farm is audited to our standards every 15 months.

Why G.A.P.? Technical KnowledgeWhy G.A.P.? Technical Knowledge

Technical Knowledge

Our team not only have practical farm knowledge but also have advanced degrees in farm animal behavior and welfare.

Why G.A.P.: Market DemandWhy G.A.P.: Market Demand

Market Demand

Consumers are demanding that farm animals be raised in environments that promote higher welfare.

Why G.A.P.? Marketing SupportWhy G.A.P.? Marketing Support

Marketing Support

When you are G.A.P. certified, you have access to resources to help you promote your operation in the press, online, across social media, and at trade shows.

Our Standards

G.A.P.’s comprehensive standards are truly unique. They are developed with the specific animal in mind, and reflect the latest research in agricultural science combined with achievable, practical application.

Beef

Bison

Chickens

Goats

Laying Hens

Pigs

Sheep

Turkey

STEPS TO GETTING YOUR FARM G.A.P. CERTIFIED

G.A.P. uses independent, third-party certifiers to audit our comprehensive standards and assign the appropriate animal welfare rating. Here are the 5 steps to getting your farm G.A.P. certified:

Steps to Getting G.A.P. Certified: Step 1

G.A.P. APPLICATION SUBMITTED

Steps to Getting G.A.P. Certified: Step 2

FARM PREPARES FOR INITIAL AUDIT

Steps to Getting G.A.P. Certified: Step 3

ON-SITE AUDIT PERFORMED BY CERTIFIER

Steps to Getting G.A.P. Certified: Step 4

G.A.P. ANIMAL WELFARE RATING ASSIGNED

Steps to Getting G.A.P. Certified: Step 5

STANDARDS MAINTAINED UNTIL NEXT AUDIT (15 MONTHS)

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G.A.P. strives for quality in everything we do; but we're humble enough to admit that there's always room for improvement. That's why one of our core values is "continuous improvement". The spirit of continuous improvement also allows us to be bold. We are constantly asking "why?" and frequently finding ourselves answering "why not?". We live this core value everyday.

Which brings us to G.A.P.'s Better Chicken Project.

A majority of the animals that G.A.P. certifies are broiler chickens, just as the majority of meat purchased in the U.S. is chicken. Have you noticed how large chicken breasts have gotten? Have you started prepping your chicken breast and noticed white lines (called "white striping) or breasts that are hard to cut, and even more unpleasant to eat (called "woody breasts")? That all starts with the breed of chicken raised, as well as the way they were raised. The G.A.P. program has always addressed the animal's physical health and environment with our animal welfare standards but, in the spirit of continuous improvement, we realized that we had to address broiler breed, too. And so the Better Chicken Project was born.

Today, we're working hard to chart a path for companies and brands committed to better chicken, so that chickens live a better life, and you can enjoy better tasting chicken. Never stop improving.

To read more about the Better Chicken Project, visit >>>>>
https://globalanimalpartnership.org/better-chicken-project/

#MakeitGAP #GAPvalues #companyvalues #values #corevalues #ethos #continuousimprovement #constantlyimproving #neverstopimproving #bebetter
Photo credit: @labellepatrimoine
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It's August which means... you've probably grilled LOTS of burgers this summer. I mean, who doesn't love a burger?!? If you're ready to mix it up, try some Thai! We love this recipe for Thai turkey burgers with Asian slaw. Yes, your loved ones will thank you. Just don't forget to #MakeitGAP!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/thai-turkey-burgers-asian-slaw/ (link.in bio)

#summergrilling #grillingseason #grillingrecipes #turkey #groundturkey #AnimalWelfareCertified #turkeyburgers #turkeyburger #burger #burgers #thairecipes #burgerrecipes #grilling #meatlover #turkeylover #bbq #bbqtime
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Do you look for the G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified label when you shop for pet food? We hope so! We are adding more and more high-quality brands every month who are committed to welfare for ALL animals. Check out our Pet Parents page to learn more and #MakeitGAP!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/pet-parents/ (link.in bio)

#AnimalWelfareCertified #petfood #petlover #catlover #doglover #animallover #certificationmatters #lookforthelabel #catfood #dogfood
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Have you tried ground pork? It's a great alternative to ground beef and turkey. We found this delicious recipe for grilled pork patties with a Vietnamese dipping sauce. Make it Keto and low-carb friendly by serving the patties on butter lettuce instead of a bun. Don't forget to look for the Animal Welfare Certified label and #MakeitGAP. Enjoy!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/lemongrass-pork-patties/ (link.in bio)

#grillingrecipes #porkrecipes #porklover #pork #groundpork #vietnameserecipes #summergrilling #lowcarbrecipes #ketorecipes #meatlover #grilling #grillmaster #summerrecipes
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Time for another animal science fact from G.A.P.! Sows (female pigs) have a strong, natural desire to build a nest before her piglets arrive. This includes using her nose to root around in the straw, pawing the hay, and moving straw with her mouth. When given adequate space and nest-building material, sows are less stressed and more settled leading up to farrowing (giving birth). In addition, studies have shown that allowing sows to build nests actually results in better maternal care of her piglets, leading to healthier piglets.

How has G.A.P. used this research?

First, we never allow the use of restrictive crates for pigs. This includes any type of confinement used for sows while giving birth and afterwards, when she’s with her piglets. Sows must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down with ease. In addition, G.A.P. not only requires that sows have bedding, but also that they have nesting materials.

In contrast, many conventionally raised sows are kept in farrowing crates that are designed to restrict movement, preventing sows from turning around. In addition, these crates usually have slatted floors without any bedding or nest building material. In this type of environment, sows are not able to perform their natural peripartum behavior like nest building.

G.A.P.’s animal welfare standards are based in science, with the animals’ needs first. Check out our Pig Standards to learn more about our requirements at every Step: https://globalanimalpartnership.org/standards/pig/ (link.in bio). (Note: scroll down and hit the “G.A.P. Pig Standards” button to read the full document!)

#MakeitGAP #AnimalWelfareCertified #farmanimalwelfare #pigfarming #pigfarms #sows #animalscience #animalbehavior #farrowing #animalwelfare
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'Tis the time for grilling. Have you ever made carne asada? If not, you'll want to add this one to your protein rotation. Marinate flank steak or skirt steak with this marinade overnight, then grill and slice for tacos, tostadas, or serve on a plate with your favorite sides. We can literally *smell* this photo. Can you? Make it this week and let us know what you think! Just don't forget to #MakeitGAP!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/carne-asada/ (link.in bio)

#steak #carneasada #steaknight #grilling #summergrilling #grilledsteak #meatlover #steaklover #dinner #beeflover #beef #beefitswhatsfordinner #AnimalWelfareCertified
#CertificationMatters
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Do you know what an "enrichment" is? In animal welfare terms, G.A.P. defines an enrichment as "materials given or installed, which add complexity to the animal's environment and encourage the expression of natural behavior". Environmental enrichments ultimately contribute to an improved quality of life for the animals.

So what's an example of an "environmental enrichment"?

In our G.A.P. Dairy Cattle Standards, large brushes mounted so that cows can rub their backs and sides on them are a great example. It is well documented that cattle readily seek out and use brushes when provided. Cattle use the brushes to groom themselves, which helps remove unwanted dirt and organisms from their coats. Grooming also helps cattle cope with stressful situations.

So, when we say our standards are the most "meaningful" in the industry, we mean it. We have applied decades of animal behavior research to develop a unique tiered animal welfare approach that puts the animal's needs and wants first.

Check out our lengthy (115 pages!) Dairy Cattle Standards including detailed documentation on body condition and scoring if you want to see how truly comprehensive our standards are.

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/standards/dairy-cattle/ (link.in bio)

#MakeitGAP #AnimalWelfareCertified #dairycattle #dairy #enrichment #animalenrichment #animalwelfare #farmanimalwelfare #milklover #certificationmatters
Photo credit: Farmers Weekly
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Looking for a healthy, easy dinner you can make on the grill? Check out these grilled sausage and veggie skewers with pineapple barbecue sauce. 🍍☀️The shopping list is easy too: grab your favorite G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified sausage, chicken, beef, or pork, your family's favorite veggies, a fresh pineapple, and BBQ sauce. Chop, skewer, marinate, and grill. Voila! Dinner is served. Just don't forget to look for the G.A.P. label when you shop!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/grilled-sausage-skewers-pineapple-bbq/ (link.in bio)

#MakeitGAP #summergrilling #grilling #grillingrecipes #summerrecipes #easyrecipes #weeknightdinners #bbq #sausage #sausagelover #meatandveggies #kebabs #meatkebabs
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Did you know? In order to reach our G.A.P. Base Certification (Step 1) and Enriched Environment Certification (Step 2), chickens must be provided with at least 6 hours of continuous darkness daily. For Steps 3 and higher, chickens must be provided with at least 8 hours of continuous darkness.

Why do we require this? Because we've done our research. Like humans, chickens are "diurnal". This means they are naturally active during the day and seek rest at night. Requiring 6 or more hours of darkness gives the birds adequate time to rest. You might be surprised to learn that outside of G.A.P., chickens are typically given shorter, inadequate periods of darkness (sometimes as little as 0-1 hours a day). This is meant to increase feeding time and growth rate. However, studies show giving birds a longer dark period increases sleep behavior and regulates diurnal rhythms, which, in turn, improves the health and welfare of the birds.

G.A.P.'s animal welfare standards are based in science, with the animal's needs at the forefront. Check out our Chicken Standards to learn more about our requirements at every Step: https://globalanimalpartnership.org/standards/chicken/. (link.in bio)

#MakeitGAP #AnimalWelfareCertified #basedinScience #farmanimalwelfare #animalwelfare #animalbehavior #sciencebasedstandards #certificationmatters #chicken #poultry #poultryfarming #poultryindustry
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Love burgers but want to ditch the bun? Check out this recipe for low-carb burger bowls! Pat out burgers with your favorite G.A.P. Certified protein - beef, turkey, lamb, or chicken - and throw them on the grill with your favorite veggies. Add some of your favorite leafy greens with your favorite dressing and you've got a protein-packed salad full of whole foods that will leave feeling ready for swimsuit season. Just don't forget to #MakeitGAP!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/healthy-burger-bowls/ (link.in bio)

#grillingseason #summergrilling #burgers #burgerbowl #weeknightrecipes #easyrecipes #easydinners #dinnerisserved #burgerlover #turkeyburger #chickenburger #lambburger #lowcarb #ketofriendly #swimsuitseason #summer #getgrilling
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Happy 4th of July! We hope you are grilling and relaxing.

#happy4th #independenceday #happy4thofjuly #happyjuly4th #MakeitGAP #AnimalWelfareCertified
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Looking for a new recipe to add to your 4th of July weekend BBQ? Check out these salmon bites! The perfect starter for your weekend gathering. We're working hard to get our new G.A.P. Farmed Salmon Standards into practice so you'll be able to buy G.A.P. Certified salmon near you in 2022! Stay tuned!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/salmon-bites-with-wasabi-mayo/ (link.in bio)

#salmon #salmonrecipes #salmonrecipe #salmonlover #grilledsalmon #bbqrecipes #bbq #summergrilling #july4recipes #july4th #bettersalmon #AnimalWelfareCertified #MakeitGAP
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We are so proud that @CampfireTreats sources G.A.P. Animal Welfare Certified chicken, turkey, and beef for their treats. Learn more about Marko Wittich, President of Campfire Treats, by checking out our latest blog below. We talked with Marko about why he decided to start his company and what he has planned for the future. Thank you, Marko, for prioritizing farm animal welfare for your products and for our favorite pets! #MakeitGAP

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/about/news/post/meet-marko-wittich-from-campfire-treats-a-g-a-p-certified-pet-partner/ (link.in bio)

#doglover #dogtreats #pettreats #petlover #dogfood #petfood #petfoodindustry #premiumpetfood #premiumpettreats #certificationmatters #allanimalsmatter
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More great news about our new fish welfare standards! We ranked first in the new Benchmarking Report from @aquaticlifeinstitute! Check out our blog to learn more and read the report. We are so proud to be recognized. #MakeitGAP

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/about/news/post/aquatic-life-institute-benchmarking-report-recognizes-g-a-p-s-new-aquaculture-standard-as-the-most-comprehensive/ (link in bio)

#fishwelfare #farmedsalmon #salmonstandard #animalwelfarecertified #farmedsalmonwelfare #farmedsalmonstandard #salmonindustry #salmon #fish #fishindustry
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Happy First Official Day of Summer! Have you fired up your grill yet? We love grilling for so many reasons but the #1 reason is that meat is always the star of the show. Looking for another marinade recipe to add to your arsenal? Try this greek marinade for pork chops -- marinate overnight, for the whole day, or marinate and freeze for later. Just don't forget to look for the Animal Welfare Certified label when you shop and #MakeitGAP!

https://globalanimalpartnership.org/greek-pork-chops/ (link in bio)

#summergrilling #grillingrecipes #porkchops #porklover #pork #greekrecipes #marinade #grilling #meatrecipes #fireupthegrill #happysummer
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Current Farm/Ranch Partners

4 Hills Farm

Farms & Ranches: Lamb, Step 4

8 Acres

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Adams Ranch

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Allen Harim

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

American Grassfed Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

American Pasture Pork

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 4

Arcadian Organic and Natural Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Atkins Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Lamb, Step 4

Baldwin Family Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Beauchamp Farms

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Bell & Evans

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Branch Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Brasstown Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Briar Woods Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 2

Caldwell Family Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Campo Lindo Farm

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Capra Foods

Farms & Ranches: Lamb, Step 5

Cattail Creek Lamb

Farms & Ranches:
Lamb, Step 4

Caviness Beef Packers

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Chuck Howley’s Happy Hollow Ranch

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Cold Spring Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Cooks Venture

Farms & Ranches: Chicken, Step 4

Country Natural Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Crescent Bar F LLC

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

DeBoer’s

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Deck Family Farm

Farms & Ranches: Pork, Step 4

Diestel Turkey Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 1, 3 & 5

Les Viandes du Breton

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 1

Eel River Organic Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Farmer Focus

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3

Field Gate Organics

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 1

First Nature Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 4

FreeBird Chicken

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Frontiere Natural Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Grassfed Livestock Alliance

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Grayson Natural Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Greenbrier Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 4

Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd. (Cape Grim)

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Hawaii Big Island Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Hearst Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Heritage Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 1, 4 (seasonal)

Hickory Nut Gap Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

High Country Lamb

Farms & Ranches: Lamb, Step 4

Hunter Cattle Co.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Jaindl

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 2, Turkey Step 3 Organic

Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd.

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

JD Farms Specialty Turkey

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 1

Joyce Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2

Karro Food Ltd

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 1

Koch’s Turkey Farm

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 2

LaBelle Patrimoine

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Larry Schultz Organic Farm

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 3

Lasater Grasslands Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Leidy’s

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 1

Llano Seco Rancho

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 2

Malheur River Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 4

Maple Hill

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Marksbury Farm Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Mayfair Farm

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 4

McDowell Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 3

Meyer Natural Angus

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1

Miller Poultry

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2

Misty Knoll Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 2

Niman Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 4

Northern Pride

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 1, 2 & 3

Organic Prairie

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 3

Overbrook Farm

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 2

Panorama Meats

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Patagonian Grass-Fed

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Pennbrook Acres Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 2

Perigo Hay & Cattle

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1 & 4

Pitman Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2, 3 & 5 / Turkey, Step 3 (ORG), 5 (ABF)

Pozzi Ranch Lamb

Farms & Ranches: Lamb, Step 4

Proffitt Family Cattle Co.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Redger Farms

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Rossdown Natural Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 3

Rossdown Natural Foods

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 1 & 3 / Turkey, Step 1 & 2

Schenker Family Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 3

Simpson Farms

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Southern Natural Farms

Farms & Ranches: Beef, Step 4

Thompson Farms

Farms & Ranches:
Pork, Step 4

TK Natural Lamb

Farms & Ranches: Lamb, Step 4

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 1

Villari Brothers

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1

Virginia Poultry Growers

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 1

Watrous Valley Ranch

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

Wayne Farms

Farms & Ranches: Chicken, Step 2

Western Grassfed Beef

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4

White Oak Pastures

Farms & Ranches:
Beef, Step 4, 5+

Whitewater Processing Co.

Farms & Ranches:
Turkey, Step 1

Yorkshire Valley Farms Ltd.

Farms & Ranches:
Chicken, Step 2 / Turkey, Step 2