More Vitamin A Is Better
Beta-Carotene is converted to vitamin A (retinol) by the human body, and grass-fed beef contains 10 times the Beta-Carotene of grain-fed beef. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation. Additionally, vitamin A creates a barrier to bacterial and viral infection, and supports the production and function of white blood cells.
More Vitamin E Is Better
Grass-fed beef typically has 3 times the amount of vitamin E found in conventional grain-fed beef. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent or delay coronary heart disease, block the formation of carcinogens formed in the stomach, and protect against cancer development. Vitamin E may also improve eye lens clarity and reduce or prevent the development of cataracts.
The Right Balance Of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids Is Better
The ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids to Omega-6 fatty acids in our diet plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. The American Medical Association and the World Health Organization recommend a ratio of roughly one to four parts Omega-6 to one part Omega-3. However, the cereal grains typically fed to cattle have very low levels of Omega-3 and much higher levels of Omega-6, while feeding grass to cattle increases the Omega-3 content of the meat by 60% and produces a much more favorable Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio.
More CLA Is Better
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has demonstrated significant health benefits in the human body, including the reduction of carcinogenesis, atherosclerosis, and the onset of diabetes. Beef from grass-fed cattle contains 2 to 3 times more CLA than beef from grain-fed cattle.
More Dietary Protein Is Better
Grass-fed beef is leaner and higher in protein that grain-fed beef. In fact, grass-fed beef averages 1.5 times more protein than typical USDA Choice+ grain-fed beef. Research indicates that eating lean beef can help lower total, LDL and VLDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, while increasing beneficial HDL cholesterol. It can also help lower blood pressure, aid in weight loss, and improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control.
The Diet Is Better
Tallgrass Beef cattle graze in pastures, never feed lots. 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 23Tallgrass 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.
Going Beyond Sustainability Is Better
Tallgrass Beef, coined a term for the way they raise their cattle—Beyond Sustainability. It means that they aren’t content with simply being carbon neutral or not harming the earth. Instead, they raise their cattle in a way that actually improves and enhances the world we live in.
Growing Grass Is Better
We’re all worried about how we can reduce our carbon footprint. The farmers and ranchers of Tallgrass Beef contribute daily to the reduction of carbon in our atmosphere through the simple process of growing grass. Grass removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and uses it to grow. The grass above ground is eaten by our cattle, but the CO2 used to grow the roots is held in the soil. This is called carbon sequestration, and it’s the process that produced, through the centuries, the deep, rich soil of the great American Grasslands. This natural process of cattle grazing on open pasture can be used to clean carbon from the air released from fossil fuel burning, and put it back underground as part of the soil.
Not Growing Corn For Feed Is Better
Grain-fed cattle require the growth of millions and millions of acres of corn. While grass is a perennial that comes back again and again with no new planting and is simply eaten by the cattle where it grows, corn is an annual that must be newly planted each year and then harvested and converted to feed. Every step in the development of corn as food requires using energy to operate machinery, and that means burning fossil fuels and adding more carbon to the atmosphere.
Adding Less Nitrogen To The Soil Is Better
Tallgrass Beef pastures are fertilized only with the natural wastes produced by the cattle. They use no artificial fertilizers that contain nitrogen, which can, over time, actually harm the soil. TGB also uses no herbicides on their pastures, except those mandated by the state of Kansas to battle invasive weeds.
Careful Land Management Is Better
TGB uses a technique called “mob grazing” that allows the animals to completely graze one area before moving on to the next and helps improve the quality and diversity of the grass that grows back. This provides the cattle with a better diet and allows the land to recover fully from grazing, helping conserve it for long-term use.