The Diet Is Better
Tallgrass Beef cattle are grass-fed. Grass is the natural diet of cattle—grain is not. Cattle raised on grass are healthier because it’s their natural food. In fact, cattle raised
on grain must often be given antibiotics in order to digest their feed, and feeding cattle a corn diet has created an increase in the instance of E. coli contaminated beef. For that reason, Tallgrass Beef cattle are grass-fed for their entire lives. The result is healthier cattle and healthier—and safer—beef.
The Life Is Better
Tallgrass Beef cattle are not kept in small pens or feedlots. They graze the prairie in communal groups, as cattle naturally do. We use a “mob grazing”Â technique that allows the animals to completely graze one area before moving on to the next, which also helps improve the quality of the grass that grows back. Furthermore, Tallgrass Beef cattle are allowed to develop at a normal pace and are never given hormones to increase their size or quicken their development.
The End-Of-Life Treatment Is Better
Tallgrass Beef cattle are treated with care, even during their final days. When the time comes for processing, they are transported directly from a grazing area to a nearby facility, and not kept in a holding pen. This reduces the stress and anxiety they experience. Furthermore, our processors are required to utilize behavior protocols and techniques designed by industry expert Dr. Temple Grandin, the world’s foremost authority on humane animal handling.
Tallgrass Advocates Healthy and Humane Care
Tallgrass Beef Company strongly advocates Healthy & Humane Care for all livestock in the Tallgrass program. We have strict standards in place for animal handling and husbandry that all Tallgrass Farmers and Ranchers must adhere to. These standards include factors such as excellent living conditions, abundant nutrition and clean water supply, animal health and well being, sound handling methods and facilities, safe and efficient animal transportation, hazard reduction and sanitation, and humane handling at the processing plant.
Tallgrass Beef Company follows humane handling standards developed by the world’s foremost authority on animal behavior and animal welfare, Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin’s humane handling practices are noted globally and lauded for their effectiveness in keeping livestock healthy, safe, and protecting their well being. You can view details of Dr. Grandin’s standards on her website at www.grandin.com.
In addition, Tallgrass Beef Company adheres to the Food Alliance certification criteria for Healthy & Humane Care for Livestock. The Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches, and food handlers for sustainable agriculture and facility management practices. The Food Alliance program assures consumers are supporting safe and fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, and good environmental stewardship. They have the most comprehensive certification program for sustainably produced food in North America. For further details please refer to the Food Alliance website at www.foodalliance.org.