Tallgrass Beef Company uses grazing techniques so old that they are new. We have taken a cue from nature and reached back into the past to utilize grazing methods that nature has used for thousands of years on the great plains of North America. For centuries, vast herds of wild bison, elk, deer, and antelope have grazed the expansive prairies and plains of what is now the Unites States. These herds roamed freely across the sea of grass, moving in large, tightly bunched herds. They grazed an area hard for a single day and then moved on to new "pastures"Â the next day, repeating this pattern day after day. Their hoof action on the soil, spreading of manure in an even fashion, providing long rest periods for previously grazed areas, and opening up of the grass sward created the ideal environment for building incredible soil fertility, enhancing soil microbial and earthworm populations, and increasing plant and wildlife biodiversity. In essence, these large herds of roaming wild ruminants are responsible for building the deep, rich topsoil that intrigued the early pioneers when they first put a plow into the vast prairies.
Tallgrass Beef Company is re-creating this grazing management philosophy in order to repair and rebuild soil fertility that was "farmed" out of existence for so many decades through conventional farming and grazing methods. We do this by moving our cattle in herds to new grazing pastures each day, allowing for any single area to be grazed only once every 90-150 days, thus providing ample opportunity for Mother Nature to do her work through the combination of sunlight, water, and soil. We create environments that are conducive for active photosynthesis and carbon sequestration. Nature provided us with the perfect example for management of our natural resources. Growing dense stands of diverse forage species can only be accomplished through high stock density and long recovery periods, just as occurred with the bison herds for so many centuries. This method of grazing management significantly improves the Mineral Cycle, Water Cycle, Energy Flow, and Plant and Wildlife Community Dynamics. The forage species become more palatable and diverse, are more nutritious, more sunlight is captured, and the animals are much healthier.
Through utilization of these grazing management techniques, Tallgrass has witnessed pastures that started out with just a handful of forage species, low soil fertility and topsoil accumulation, and poor soil microbial populations explode into pastures with over 3 dozen species of forages, excellent soil microbe and earthworm populations, improved water quality, and enhanced wildlife diversity. The many benefits of this type of grazing management include:
• De-compaction of the soil
• Increased soil percolation or water penetration, much less water runoff
• Enhanced soil microbial populations
• Enhanced earthworm populations
• Increased plant biodiversity
• Increased insect biodiversity, including pollinating insects such as honeybees, bumblebees, and butterflies
• Building of soil organic matter
• Greater plant root penetration
• Enhanced Carbon Sequestration
• Increased wildlife populations and diversity
• Provides buffer zones for watersheds—lakes, streams, rivers
• Significantly reduce runoff into watersheds
• Significant reduction in fossil fuel consumption and equipments needs
• Eliminates need for petroleum based fertilizers
Tallgrass believes that healthy food products start with a healthy environment. A healthy environment leads to healthy animals and directly impacts our health and well being. We are honored to be able to be a part of what we call "Beyond Sustainable" and to be able to bring you, our customers, delightfully delicious, healthy grass-fed beef.