Open Prairie®Natural* Angus Beef Frequently Asked Questions

Is the beef 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 allow for the high quality grading such as USDA Choice & Prime.


What does 100% vegetarian diet mean for cattle?

A vegetarian diet means that the animals are not fed any animal by-products and do not get any of their protein from animal sources, including fats and fish oil. Their diet has been specially formulated – to be a healthy balance of nutrients for the overall wellbeing of the cattle.


What do cattle typically eat?

The cattle, like most other cattle, are typically fed a mixture of grass, alfalfa hay, grains as well as corn and grass silage with added vitamins and minerals. Their diet has been specially formulated to be a healthy balance of nutrients for the overall wellbeing of the cattle.


What does no added hormones mean?

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


Are the cattle ever given antibiotics?

No, the cattle are never ever given antibiotics. Period.


What happens if one of the cows gets sick and needs antibiotics?

If a cow gets sick, the rancher makes absolutely sure that the animal is taken care of with the use of whatever medical attention is necessary – including antibiotics. However, once they are treated with antibiotics, they are no longer allowed to be part of the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef program.


Is your product certified organic?

We are 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 the highest quality beef free from antibiotics and added hormones. Tyson Fresh Meats insists that the farming practices used to raise the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef brand are of the highest safety and quality standards available.


Is your beef GMO free?

For our Open Prairie Natural Angus brand we don’t make a GMO free claim, as this would entail sourcing 100% GMO free grain for feed. Sourcing GMO free grain 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?

All raw beef is considered to be gluten free.


Are the cattle born, raised and processed in the USA?

The Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef are domestically sourced and fed in the United States and come from mostly Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Nebraska. We have two production facilities that process our Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef, one in Pasco, Washington and the other in Lexington, Nebraska.


What defines “natural” beef?

Beef can be labeled as “Natural” if it is minimally processed with no artificial ingredients; but “Natural” for the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef brand means:

  • Minimally processed
  • No artificial ingredients
  • No antibiotics ever
  • No added hormones
  • 100% vegetarian diet


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 welfare requirements?

Yes. The independent cattle ranchers who raise cattle for the Open Prairie Natural Angus brand are committed to the well-being of their cattle. They affirm this commitment by signing an affidavit with each load of cattle we purchase from them.  The affidavit states that that the rancher confirms good animal husbandry practices have been followed to provide proper housing, good nutrition, and low stress handling in order to ensure each animal’s health and well-being has been maintained. Learn more about our commitment to animal wellbeing here.

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