Open Prairie® Natural* Angus Beef Frequently Asked Questions

What defines “natural” beef?

Beef can be labeled as “Natural” if it is minimally processed with no artificial ingredients. In addition to being labeled as natural, Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef is free from of anything added. This includes: 

  • No antibiotics – ever
  • No added hormones or growth promotants
  • 100% vegetarian diet; no animal byproducts
  • Minimally processed
  • No artificial ingredients
  • No additives
  • No preservatives

 

What does Never Ever mean?

Never Ever means the cattle are raised with the following requirements:

  • No antibiotics – ever
  • No added hormones or growth promotants
  • 100% vegetarian diet; no animal byproducts

 

What does 100% vegetarian diet mean for cattle?

The Angus cattle in the Open Prairie Natural Meats program have diets developed by an animal dietician. They are never fed any animal byproducts and do not get any of their protein from animal sources. The cattle are raised on pasture for most of their lives and receive specially formulated feed comprised primarily of grain and corn. Their diet provides a balance of nutrients for the overall well-being of the cattle and delivers a flavorful product for you.

 

What does no added hormones mean?

There are naturally occurring hormones in all animals. That said, there are no additional hormones or growth promotants given to the cattle raised for the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef brand.

 

Are the cattle ever given antibiotics?

No. The cattle in the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef program are never ever given antibiotics. Period.

 

What happens if an animal gets sick and needs antibiotics?

The animal’s well-being is the priority and their needs are cared for in all circumstances. Vaccination protocols and parasite control are encouraged to minimize and prevent illness. If an animal should become sick, they receive veterinarian oversight and are treated accordingly. If antibiotics are provided, the animal is removed from the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef program.

 

Is your product certified organic?

No. The Open Prairie Natural Meats team is dedicated to bringing better beef to consumers at a reasonable price. To be labeled Certified Organic by the United States Department of Agriculture is a costly endeavor. Because of this, it is also difficult to find consistent suppliers of organic feed. Instead, we put our focus on supplying you with high quality beef from cattle raised without antibiotics and added hormones. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. insists that the farming practices used by the independent ranchers to raise the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef brand are of the highest safety and quality standards available.

 

Is your beef non-GMO?

The cattle raised for the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef brand are not genetically modified themselves; however, we do not make a non-GMO claim, as the feed they are fed more than likely contain GMO grain. To make a non-GMO claim would entail sourcing 100% non-GMO grain for feed. This would be exceedingly expensive, creating a price point for our product that would be beyond reach for the average consumer.

 

Is your beef gluten-free?

Yes. All raw beef is considered gluten-free. While animals may have been fed grains that contain gluten or soy, the metabolic process of animals breaks these foods down, and there are no traces of soy or gluten in the meat.

 

Are the cattle grass-fed?

The cattle are raised on pasture for a considerable amount of their lives. After about 16-24 months on pasture, the cattle are then “finished” on a strict vegetarian diet of grains and roughage. This is to bring out the marbling in the meat and allows for the high-quality grading such as USDA Prime and Choice.

 

What does minimally processed meat mean?

For the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef brand, minimally processed means that the beef has not been altered in any material way. There are no solution enhancers, added flavors or added salt.

 

Do you have animal well-being requirements?

Yes. Ensuring the well-being of animals is not only the right thing to do, we believe it is our responsibility. We conduct audits and on-farm verification of the independent farmers and ranchers. The animal well-being standards are third-party verified by Where Food Comes From, Inc.

 


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