100% GRASS Fed, Prairie Raised BEEF
& WHY IT’S BETTER FOR YOU
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
All the beef cattle we use, including Tallgrass Beef are 100% 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, the beef cattle we use 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 atwww.foodalliance.org.