There’s no way to substitute for standards. That’s why we pay special attention to every step of the process. From food to bedding, our animals are cared for. We make sure to accommodate their natural tendencies - cattle like to roam, hogs like to move dirt with their snouts, and chickens like to peck.
After all, quality is influenced by how the animal lived: Was it healthy and content? Was it ever given antibiotics or hormones? Was it humanely raised on a farm with sustainable practices?
These are the questions we ask, and you should too.
ButcherBox strives for excellence in every area, and that includes working with the best possible meat processing facilities. We work with companies and farmers that are dedicated to doing the right thing – never cutting corners, and always looking for ways to improve.
Our partners' operating methods are inspired by Dr. Temple Grandin, a member of the Humane Farm Animal Care Program's scientific committee. Their facilities are routinely inspected and approved by the USDA or a comparable agency.
We also believe in fair labor practices. In line with our family and community values, we seek partners who treat their employees as part of a team.
Our cattle are free to range on grassy pastures throughout their entire lives, eating their natural diet of grass. Thanks to the climate, they graze year-round. Besides its delicious flavor, there are lots of reasons why people can feel good about eating grass-fed, grass-finished beef.
Read our FAQs for more information about grass-fed vs grain-fed beef.
Heritage breed pigs are special. Their natural, “old-world” genetics mean that during their slow maturation process, they develop the fine marbling and great flavor that nature intended them to have.
We're proud of the work we’ve done with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®) to align with their broiler chicken welfare policy. By 2024 or before, we’re committed to sourcing 100% of our chicken from either the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) or the Global Animal Partnership (GAP)-approved breeds/strains.
Read more about our humane chicken standards here.