Safety of the materials produced and the health of the cattle are of paramount importance to Prather Ranch.
Prather Ranch has established standard operating procedures (SOPs) for every aspect of the operation and maintenance of both closed herds and the abattoir. Every Prather Ranch employee receives thorough, documented training in the production of safe, high-quality cattle products, including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Cattle lineage and traceability is a critical element of Prather Ranch closed herd operations. Our extensive database contains animal information dating back to 1991, which allows to track and trace the complete history of each animal, including veterinary care. Every bone, cut of meat and xenographic material supplied to the client can be traced in a matter of minutes through the use of the database and bar coding systems.
What is even more unique is the on-site, state-of-the-art, dedicated abattoir, which is built and maintained to extraordinarily high sanitation standards. The processing facility is for cattle from the closed herd ONLY and no other animals enter the abattoir.
The abattoir appears to have more in common with an operating room than a typical livestock processing facility – right down to the gowning requirements in processing areas. The sanitation procedures are far more rigorous than what other processing facilities require. The abattoir is USDA registered (#18957) and is staffed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector who conducts ante and post-mortem inspections.
The ranch also follows client-supplied SOPs for extracting specific xenographic materials
In short, every step of our process, from the day a calf is born to the day of ship out of top-quality xenographic materials. Prather Ranch goes the extra mile to far exceed the “fit for human consumption” requirement in ANSI/AAMI/ISO 22442-2.