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The values you hold close – like knowing how your food is raised – are also important to us. So, as part of the Openness Promise, the Open Prairie® brand team is committed to transparency, from prairie to plate. One way we work to keep our Openness Promise is through our Trusted Path™ Program, which ensures we are creating wholesome, uncomplicated products that you can be sure are exactly what we say they are – all natural.

With so much information out there, the Open Prairie brand team has compiled the facts you need to feel confident in the choice you’re making for you and your family.


All pork and beef can be labeled as natural as long as it’s minimally processed with no artificial ingredients. Open Prairie Natural Pork and Angus Beef go even further and, in addition to following the definition of natural, are also free from anything added, which includes:

  • No antibiotics — ever
  • No added hormones or growth promotants
  • 100% vegetarian diet; no animal byproducts, except for milk
  • No additives
  • No preservatives

Never Ever means that the hogs and cattle are raised with the following requirements:

  • No antibiotics — ever
  • No added hormones or growth promotants
  • 100% vegetarian diet; no animal byproducts, except for milk

The animals in the Open Prairie Natural Meats program have diets developed by an animal dietician to meet their evolving nutritional needs as they grow. They are never fed any animal byproducts and do not get any of their protein from animal sources. Their diet provides a healthy balance of nutrients for the overall well-being of the animals and delivers a flavorful product for you.

When we talk about a vegetarian diet in hogs, we always include “except for milk.” Why? Because when piglets are weaned from their mothers, they are fed a supplement that includes vitamins and minerals to help them grow. The piglets do best when these supplements are milk-based.

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

The hogs and cattle in the Open Prairie Natural Meats program are never given antibiotics. But each animal’s well-being is our priority. Their needs are met 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 Meats program and transferred to a conventional meats program.

The Openness Promise is our initiative to share our processes, animal well-being practices, business standards and more. We do this to deliver full transparency to you. Learn more.

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

The hogs and cattle raised for the Open Prairie brand are not genetically modified themselves; however, we do not make a non-GMO claim, as their feed more than likely contains GMO grain.

Yes. All raw pork and beef are 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.

The cattle are raised on pasture for a considerable amount of their lives. After about a year on pasture, the cattle are then “finished” on a strict vegetarian diet of grains and roughage. This enhances the marbling in the meat, ultimately providing for an optimal eating experience.

No. Hogs in the Open Prairie Natural Pork program are never given Ractopamine.

No. Because hogs are very sensitive to both cold and heat (they have very little hair and do not have sweat glands), as well as vulnerable to natural predators, the hogs are raised in safe, climate-controlled barns. There, they get just the right amount of food to eat, along with care and attention from the farmer.

For the Open Prairie brand, minimally processed means that our pork and beef have not been altered in any material way. There are no solution enhancers, added flavors or added salt.

The Trusted Path Program is the culmination of all the traceability efforts for Open Prairie Natural Meats products. Using unique identification – like ear tags for cattle – the farmers and ranchers keep detailed records throughout the life of each animal that will become part of the Open Prairie brand. Each farm or ranch is subject to third-party audits that help ensure the animals are being raised according to our guidelines. We also use DNA technology to connect individual cuts of meat to the animal’s records. Through these efforts, we can trace each piece of meat back to the animal’s birthplace. This gives you peace of mind that Open Prairie Natural Pork and Angus Beef products are the natural, uncomplicated products we claim.

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Animal well-being comes first

Ensuring the well-being of animals is not only the right thing to do, we believe it is our responsibility. Our animal well-being practices are USDA-approved and third-party verified to ensure that you are purchasing products from animals that are responsibly raised.

Meet our partners
in responsible ranching

We’re proud to partner with independent farmers and ranchers who are responsible stewards of the land and share our concern for animal well-being and the environment.