G.A.P. Species: Beef Cattle

Beef production varies widely depending on the life stage of the cattle. Calves, yearlings, finishers, as well as breeding cows and bulls all require different care. That’s why our program has tiers and is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model. We allow room to grow and change how animals are raised within the program depending on the G.A.P. animal welfare certification rating. We also use independent certifiers to audit farms every 15-months, through different seasons.

Access a detailed version of our comprehensive standards in the documents below or reference this quick, at-a-glance overview of the key standards being met at each certification level to understand which level could be achievable for your farm or ranch.

All levels of certification: No antibiotics ever | No added growth hormones | No animal by-products | Every farm 3rd party audited every 15 months

Standards in green indicate a new or changed requirement from the previous certification level.

G.A.P. 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

Applegate Farms

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

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

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, Beef Step 4

Joyce Farms

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

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

Perigo Hay & Cattle

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

Thrive Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey

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

White Oak Pastures

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

Whole Foods Market

Retailers: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Turkey