SOUTH DAKOTA - HOME OF PRAIRIE FED CATTLE AND BILTONG
In the manufacture of our unsurpassed biltong products, we use only prairie fed beef cattle, born and raised locally.
Heifers are purchased at local livestock auctions on the reservation. They are then brought to the ranches within the grazing grounds of the Cheyenne or Standing Rock pastures. At the age of two years, the cows begin to produce heifers on the ranges, which they continue to do for about eight to ten years. They then leave the prairies of the west to be harvested at our facility, which is also situated on the native grasslands of the Cheyenne River Reservation. So they never leave these lands
The cattle graze on unscathed prairie grasses and need very little supplementing as these are the same grasses that have supported the massive herds of buffalo all year round, for many generations. There are still many buffalo herds although some are now being replaced with cattle.
During the winter months when grazing is limited, due to severe cold or snow cover, the cows are fed Prairie Pure prairie hay, which has been harvested during the summer months, so their diet is consistent year-round. In severe cold, they may be fed Alfalfa grasses for protein for energy, all also grown on the ranches of South Dakota.