raising beef in kansas

There are more than 27,000 cattle farms and ranches in Kansas. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate.

How is beef produced in kansas?

Flint Hills Burns-2

why do ranchers burn their pastures?

Research has shown that if ranchers don't conduct routine prescribed burns, the Flint Hills as we know it would be gone in just a few short years. Find out why ranchers burn their pastures and how they prepare for a prescribed burn.  

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rancher checking on cattle during winter

what do cattle eat in the winter?

Cattle are year-round upcycling rock stars, especially in the winter. Tap the link to see what cattle eat during the winter. 

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what does a pen rider do?

It’s time to rethink the cowboy and our perceptions of the men and women who care for cattle at the feedyard. Ever heard of a pen rider? Tap the link to learn more about these modern-day cowboys. 

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calving season in kansas

Cattle across Kansas are born on open pastures like those covering the 150 year-old Dale Banks Angus Ranch in Eureka. Find out how ranchers spent countless hours caring for newborn cattle while carefully taking accurate thorough  

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promoting wellness at the feedyard

While many people may associate a veterinarian's role with treating sick cattle (which they do), Dr. Kip sees a bigger picture - promoting wellness. "Ultimately", he says, "we want happy and healthy cattle."There's so much more to wellness than just a treatment program. 

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how do ranchers care for cattle on the pasture?

Ride along with a 5th generation rancher, PhD and father of two as he checks on the health of his cattle and administers antibiotics when needed. 

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what are the popular breeds of cattle in kansas?

Cattle come in many different shapes and sizes. While there are various physical differences, they have one thing in common: they all provide high quality, nourishing beef that can be part of a healthy diet. With that said, here’s an introduction to some of the popular breeds raised in Kansas brought to you by the people who know them best, the Kansas kids who take care of them on the daily. 

The Jones brothers talk angus cattle

the harris family shares about charolais cattle

Will holle loves gelbvieh cattle

Chase and Colby talk herefords

the janssens talk red angus 

meet kansas ranchers


the krafft family

Would you leave the Bay Area of California to ranch in Western Kansas? Find out why Jason and Myndi packed up and moved their family to the ranch. 

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pannbacker farm

Kansas is home to over 26,000 beef producers just like Jake who are passionate about animal care, the environment and producing mouth-watering steaks.

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amanda sowers

Rancher, mom, runner and yoga instructor. There's not much that Amanda can't do. 

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randal debler

rock hill ranch

In this video feature, discover how one father uses the day-to-day events from working with cattle to teach his children valuable life lessons. Also, find out what percentage of beef farms in Kansas and the United States are family-owned and operated. The answer might surprise you.

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river creek farms

Explore the abundant grasses of the Flint Hills and how one Kansas rancher was recognized for his conservation and sustainability efforts. 

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beef sustainability

To the beef community, sustainability involves more than environmental considerations. A sustainable food supply balances efficient production with environmental, social and economic impacts with Beef Quality Assurance protocols.


three pillars of sustainability

A sustainable food system is comprised of three different, but intersecting, pillars: social responsibility, economic viability and environmental stewardship. True sustainability is a balance of these three aspects. Beef farmers and ranchers are dedicated to producing beef in a way that prioritizes the planet, people, animals, and progress.

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Ranchers walking in pasture with cows

beef in a healthy sustainable diet

The Internet is flooded with trendy diets and conflicting advice on what a healthy diet is. The conversation has expanded beyond nutrition to consider whether the foods we eat are not only healthy but also sustainable – often leaving people confused about what is “good” and “bad” to eat. 

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Barn Downey

Raising the bar on raising cattle

The beef community has a long-standing commitment to caring for their animals and providing families with the safest, highest-quality beef possible. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a program that trains farmers and ranchers on best practice cattle management techniques to ensure their animals and the environment are cared for within a standard set of guidelines across the U.S. beef industry. 

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