When you’re
in the store,
make it GAP

Look for the GAP Label

GAP Animal Welfare Certified Step 1
GAP Animal Welfare Certified Step 2
GAP Animal Welfare Certified Step 3
GAP Animal Welfare Certified Step 4
GAP Animal Welfare Certified Step 5
GAP Animal Welfare Certified Step 5+

GAP’s Animal Welfare Certified label means that animals are raised without antibiotics or added hormones, and are fed a vegetarian diet with no animal by-products. The higher the number, the more the animal’s environment mimics its natural environment.

Learn More About Each Step

Improving the Lives of Farm Animals

GAP’s comprehensive program positively impacts millions of farm animals every year. Being GAP certified means the animals have:

MORE SPACE

A SAFE & ENRICHED ENVIRONMENT

ACCESS TO PASTURE OR OUTDOORS

(STEPS 3 & ABOVE)

A HEALTHY, VEGETARIAN DIET

(NO ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS)

NO ADDED HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS

GAP is the Label You Can Trust

With GAP, every farm is audited to gain certification. Some other animal welfare certification programs only audit a small sample of farms annually. We feel this level of integrity is necessary, especially when considering the lifecycle of raising live animals.

GAP Animal Welfare Certified Step 1

GAP requires every farm to be audited every 15 months (through every season) in order to be certified.

GAP Audits Every Farm Every 15 Months

Group Model Certification Programs

Only require that a small percentage (~10%) of farms be audited every 12 months, even though all of them will be “certified.”

Others only audit 10% of farms every 12 months

Small LighbulbThink about it: if you are only auditing a sample of farms annually, it may take up to 10 years to visit and score all farms in the system.

Why You Can Trust the GAP Label

What makes GAP’s program better?

Why GAP? Technical Knowledge

Technical Knowledge

Our team is made up of scientists with advanced degrees in farm animal behavior and welfare, combined with the practical knowledge to apply it.

Why GAP? Comprehensive Approach

Comprehensive Approach

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

Why GAP? Supply Chain Support

Supply Chain Support

Our team of meat industry experts have the know-how to connect manufacturers, and bring value to the entire supply chain from farm to fork.

Why GAP? Quality

Quality

Better raising and handling of animals results in better tasting meat – another reason to feel good about supporting change with your purchases.

Why GAP? Integrity

Integrity

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

How Can You Support GAP?

Don’t see enough GAP labeled products in your grocery store or restaurant? Request them.

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Partner Spotlight | @HunterCattle
Today we are happy to shine the spotlight on Hunter Cattle, one of our Pasture Raised (Step 4) cattle ranchers in Stilson, Georgia. Like many of our GAP farms, Hunter Cattle is truly a family affair, established by the Ferguson family nine years ago when they fell in love with a piece of property and decided it was the perfect place to put down roots and build their family.

Their GAP Certified cattle are raised outside in pasture throughout their entire lives, are never given antibiotics or growth hormones, and feed on grass in the pasture.

Hunter Cattle is proud to supply many local restaurants and are grateful for the community that supports them. They continually host agrotourism events and educational tours for schools, scout troops, churches and any group that wants to experience farm life. Thank you for supporting farm animal welfare! www.huntercattle.com #MakeItGAP #HunterCattle #agrotourism #farmlife #beefcattle #Georgiaagriculture #beeffarmer #farmer #knowyourfood #knowyourfarmer
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#MakeItGAP Recipes | GAP's Project Manager/Creative Support Director, Chrissy, shares one of her favorite side dishes for holiday entertaining -- chicken tater tot casserole.

Get this recipe that's full of flavorful chicken, tater tots, cheese and veggies here →→→ https://globalanimalpartnership.org/recipes or see the recipes link in our bio.

Stay tuned here as we'll be sharing more favorite holiday recipes from our team. #Recipes #HolidayRecipes #HolidayEntertaining #animalwelfare #humanelyraised #chicken #slowfood #appetizers #tatertot #casserole
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#MakeItGAP Recipes | We're sharing a new recipe for Bagel Lox Bites from Shannon, GAP's Aquaculture Welfare Specialist.

Shannon says this is her go-to recipe for entertaining guests. Get the recipe here →→→ https://globalanimalpartnership.org/lox-bites or see the recipes link in our bio.
Stay tuned here as we'll be sharing more favorite holiday recipes from our team across the next few months. #NationalSeafoodMonth #Recipes #bagel #lox #seafood #holidayrecipes #holidayentertaining #seafoodmonth #animalwelfare #humanelyraised
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#MakeItGAP Recipes | We're sharing a recipe for Brined Holiday Turkey from Anne, GAP's Executive Director, based in Canada.
Anne tells us she'll be celebrating this weekend (Thanksgiving in Canada is this Monday) with this recipe. Get the details at the recipes link in our bio, or visit this URL, →→→ globalanimalpartnership.org/brined-holiday-turkey.

Stay tuned here as we'll be sharing more favorite holiday recipes from our team across the next few months. #recipes #CanadianThanksgiving #Thanksgiving #gather #feast #holidays #holidayentertaining #comfortfood #Autumn #Fall #celebrate #dinnerparty #brinedturkey #humanelyraised #animalwelfare #roastturkey #turkeyrecipes #meat
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#MakeItGAP Recipes | Food is the unifying force that brings us all together. So many of our family traditions and get togethers revolve around mealtime.

At Global Animal Partnership, we honor the land, the animals, and the farmers and ranchers who provide us with healthy foods that nourish our bodies and feed our souls. That’s why we have collected a series of recipes from our GAP team members to share with you. Some are family recipes, and some are adapted from cookbooks and websites we’ve come across over the years.

Our first recipe is for 🥓Tomato Bacon Soup 🥓from Krysta, GAP's Senior Farm Animal Welfare Specialist based in Canada. Bacon lovers, get Krysta's recipe (a favorite for Canadian Thanksgiving, which is just around the corner) here →→→ https://globalanimalpartnership.org/tomato-bacon-soup or see the '#MakeItGAP Recipes' link in our bio.

Stay tuned here as we'll be sharing more team recipes across the next few months. #bacon #soup #comfortfood #fallfood #autumnfood #CanadianThanksgiving #appetizerrecipe #pork #baconlovers #animalwelfare #humanelyraised #stew
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Canadian 🇨🇦Thanksgiving is coming up soon (Monday, October 14th.) Will you be looking for the Global Animal Partnership animal welfare label on turkey when you shop for your holiday gathering?

When you see the GAP label, you can feel confident that the animals have been raised following comprehensive standards focused on their care and welfare.

Learn more about Global Animal Partnership’s Animal Welfare Rating Program here: globalanimalpartnership.org/shoppers. #MakeItGAP #CanadianThanksgiving #Thanksgiving #turkey #Thanksgivingturkey #holidayentertaining #foodie #meat #humanelyraised #animalwelfare #organicturkey #freerangeturkey
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Look for These Brands When You Shop

365 Everyday Value

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3 / Pork, Step 1

Americhicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Applegate Farms

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1 & 3 / Chicken, Step 2 & 3 / Turkey, Step 1 / Beef, Step 4

Atkins Ranch

Products & Brands:
Lamb, Step 4

Bell & Evans

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Best Dressed Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Bilinski’s Sausage Mfg Co

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Continental Sausage

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

Country Natural Beef

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Diestel Turkey Ranch

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 3

Family Ranch

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Fork in the Road Foods

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 / Pork, Step 1

Freshpet

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

Happy N Healthy Pet Products

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

JD Farms Specialty Turkey

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 1

Joyce Farms

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

La Quercia

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 4

Llano Seco Rancho

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 2

Mary’s Chicken

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3 & 5

Mary’s Turkey

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 3 & 5

Naked Truth

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Nature’s Rancher

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

Olli Salumeria

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1 & 3

Only Natural Pet

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 3

Open Farm Inc.

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

Original Brat Hans

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2 & 3

Pacific Foods of Oregon, Inc.

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 4

Panorama Meats

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Perky Jerky

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

Pine Manor

Products & Brands:
Chicken, Step 2

Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc.

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Reunion Foods

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 1

Tender & True Pet Nutrition

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

Thompson Farms

Products & Brands:
Pork, Step 5+

Wellshire Farms

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

Western Grassfed Beef

Products & Brands:
Beef, Step 4

Yorkshire Valley Farms Ltd.

Products & Brands:
Turkey, Step 2