Bison vs. Cattle

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“How are bison (buffalo) different than cattle?” I field this question all the time, and the answer boils down to what’s the difference between a wild animal and a domesticated one. Cattle began domestication about 10,500 years ago presumably in the Fertile Crescent region of what is now Iraq. Over they millennia, they have been… Read more »

Part 3: Balls, err Bulls.

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  My brother, Ryan, and I are very close and always have been. We’re cut from the same cloth, making us avid environmentalists and suckers for all things sustainable. Where I’m the buffalo rancher, he’s the organic urban farmer. With the “buffalo bug” being admittedly contagious, Ryan now owns some members of our herd. After… Read more »

Part 2: Naked Cowboy

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In the wee hours of Day 2 of the Buffalo Conference, I was getting some must needed shut-eye. Out of nowhere, I awaken to the sound of someone attempting to enter our room. I lay there, frozen, waiting for the door to open and cursing myself for not securing the bolt-catching thingy. A handful of… Read more »

Spicy Tongue, Naked Cowboy, and Balls (or Bulls) – Part 1

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I escaped the ranch for the National Bison Association Winter Conference and learned a lot (ahem!). So much, in fact, that three particular events stood out and warrant their own posts. Part One: Spicy Tongue We opened Friday morning with Mr. Butcher and a huge hunk of meat. Mr. Butcher could have been pulled straight… Read more »

Why Buffalo? Because It’s the Right Thing to Do.

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  Our most popular question at Buffalo Lodge is: “Why did you decide to raise Buffalo?” Typically my answer has many facets including the health benefits, adaptation to our climate, and the fact that buffalo used to “roam” here once upon a time. What it really boils down to is that raising buffalo is the… Read more »