What is The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program?

The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program promotes and facilitates continuous improvement in animal agriculture, encourages animal welfare friendly farming practices, and informs consumers about the animal farming systems they choose to support.

The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program:

  • Provides transparency for consumers on animal farming systems;
  • Encourages and supports farmers and ranchers to move up the animal welfare ladder;
  • Recognizes farmers and ranchers for their commitment to animal welfare practices;
  • Offers a wider variety of products to consumers and retailers;

The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Labels

GAP Step 1 Label

Step 1

No cages, no crates, no crowding

GAP Step 2 Label

Step 2

Enriched environment

GAP Step 3 Label

Step 3

Enhanced outdoor access

GAP Step 4 Label

Step 4


GAP Step 5 Label

Step 5

Animal-centered, physical alterations prohibited

GAP Step 5+ Label

Step 5+

Animals live entire life on integrated farm

Learn more about the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program

Animal Welfare Standards

View the 5-Step® Program animal welfare standards for beef cattle, broiler chickens, pigs, turkeys, goat, sheep, and bison.

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5-Step Process

Learn about the rigorous process of development, review, and revision for our 5-Step® farm animal welfare standards.

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5-Step Certification

Learn how to get your farm or ranch 5-Step® certified under the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program.

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As an informed consumer, company, brand, farmer, or rancher, you can change the face of animal agriculture. Join us in shifting the food industry to be more animal welfare conscious and GAP 5-Step Rated.

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