University of Oklahoma
PARTNERING TO PROVIDE REAL FOOD
They say it takes a village, and that is certainly the case in 1907 Meat Co.'s mission to bring quality meat to Oklahomans.
1907 Meat Co. works with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University to reach as many consumers as possible, from students in Norman to grandmothers in Stillwater, and everyone in between.
1907 Meat Co. works with the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus to slaughter cattle and hogs, and provides a facility to age the beef before the carcasses go to 1907 Meat Co. to be processed.
In turn, 1907 Meat Co. provides quality beef and pork products to OU as part of their commitment to purchase food from local producers.
University Of Oklahoma Real Food Challenge
Consumers have become increasingly concerned about the sources of their food and what is — and isn't — in it, and that concern didn't escape college students at the University of Oklahoma.
OU accepted the Real Food Challenge, committing to purchase 20 percent of campus food from local producers, in 2015, and contracted 1907 Meat Co. to provide locally sourced meat for campus dining. 1907 Meat Co. began supplying meat to OU in January 2016.
The Real Food Challenge requires producers to adhere to certain animal welfare standards to ensure a healthy and sustainable food system. Independent agencies such as the Animal Welfare Approved or the Global Animal Partnership audit and award certifications to individual farms or ranches that meet these standards.
AWA Certification highlights a farm or ranch as having the highest standards of animal welfare, from birth to slaughter, including a low-stress method of moving animals, continuous access to pasture to allow the animals to exhibit their natural behaviors and graze, and no added hormones or antibiotics used for weight gain.
GAP Certification comes on a variety of levels, and the Real Food Challenge requires that GAP Certified farmers adhere to level 3 certification or higher, which requires that animals be raised with access to pasture or range, not live in crowded or confined quarters, and live in an enriched environment with access to shelter.
Although not all producers who supply 1907 Meat Co. have been certified in either standard yet, we are working with all our producers to begin the certification process. In most cases, the farms or ranches already operate within the guidelines, and just need to be officially certified.