Certifications

American Grassfed Association
Certified Grassfed

American Grassfed Association protects and promotes true grassfed producers & grassfed products through national communication, education, research and marketing efforts. Third party audits are conducted on site every 15 months.

When you choose grassfed products, you are choosing products that are:

  • Better for the animals…eating (in the pasture) what nature intended
  • Better for the environment…harmony between the land & the animals
  • Better for farmers/ranchers…living & working in a healthy sustainable atmosphere
  • Better food…grassfed foods are lower in saturated fats & higher in essential nutrients
  • Better for you…nutritious grassfed foods support better overall health

Grassfed Livestock Alliance
Member Producer

The Circle N Ranch is a producer for the Grassfed Livestock Alliance.

The GLA supplies locally produced grassfed meats to the Southwest Region of Whole Foods Market. Its goal is to provide a fair market for family owned and operated farms that stake their reputation on the quality of beef they produce. Animals marketed by the GLA are raised using the American Grassfed Association protocol. The GLA requires traceability from birth to harvest without administering antibiotics or growth hormones. Confinement and feeding animal by-products are also prohibited. Cattle are handled with utmost care.


Global Animal Partnership
Step 4 Rated

As a part of our GLA participation, the Circle N maintains compliance with the Global Animal Partnership Step 4 Animal Welfare Rating, as well as the certification standards of the American Grassfed Association. Third party audits are conducted on site every 15 months.

We are a non-profit alliance of producers, retailers, animal advocates and scientists dedicated to improving farm animal welfare through the 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Program. We facilitate continuous improvement in animal agriculture across the USA, Canada, and Australia through our 5-Step animal welfare standards and third-party certification. We are committed to informing and empowering consumers and recognizing and rewarding farmers and ranchers for raising their animals in a welfare-friendly way.

Audubon Certified Bird-Friendly

Empowering consumers to make a difference in grassland conservation.

Grassland birds have suffered an unparalleled decline over the past half century, stemming from widespread development of North America’s grasslands. This calls for Audubon’s action. To combat the negative effects of grassland degradations—and to keep grass on the landscape—Audubon has developed the Conservation Ranching Initiative. This market-based conservation approach offers incentives for good grassland stewardship through a certification label on beef products. For the first time, consumers can contribute to grassland conservation efforts by selectively purchasing beef from Audubon-certified farms and ranches.

The Audubon certification seal brings a broad market appeal that enhances demand by consumers that want options for beef that is sustainably raised and benefits wildlife habitat.