Bison FAQ

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What is the Difference Between Buffalo and Bison?

The names “bison and “buffalo” have been used interchangeably for many years. However they are indeed different in diet, physical make up and usage by man. Product that is labeled as “buffalo” is commonly water buffalo, an entirely different species of animal. Meat from water buffalo is typically imported from outside North America. Great Range Bison is 100% North American Bison.

Are Bison an Endangered Species?

No, not only are they not endangered, they have never been on the endangered species list. In the late 1800’s there were estimated to have been less than 1,000 Bison remaining in the world. Today, there are over 400,000 in North America and the number is growing. As more consumers make bison a part of their regular diet more bison will be a part of the North American landscape.

What has led to the Return of the Bison?

Private ranchers are the reason. 90% of bison on the North American landscape are owned by private ranchers.

How are your bison raised?

Our bison are handled as little as possible, usually once per year in early winter. Breeding takes place naturally in July through September, and no artificial insemination or embryo transfer technologies are used. Also, bison are not castrated, dehorned or branded. All of the cows and breeding bulls spend their entire lives on pasture. Leading up to harvest, at about 18 months of age, they are fed mostly grass and/or alfalfa hay, with a small amount of grain. This is all in a free choice setting. Bison are not herded like cattle but can be led via the “feed truck”, that they know leads them through a gate to fresh grass in another pasture. In short, we allow bison to be bison as much as we can, and let them roam they way they have for thousands of years.

How old are Bison when they are harvested?

Bison are harvested at 24-30 months of age, this is in contrast to beef cows, which are harvested at 18-24 months of age.

What are your bison fed?

Our bison are given a “Free choice” feed program that provides the animal with the choice of what it wants to eat. They feed on grass, natural weeds and forage in the open pasture. Ranchers also give them Timothy Hay or Alfalfa Hay. They are given a small amount grains just before harvest. This creates a more consistent quality and flavor of bison to consumers. Different types of grain can be given such as Winter Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats, Millet or Cracked Corn. But they mostly feed on fresh open pasture for the majority of their lives.

What kind of grains are bison fed?

They are given a very small amount grains just before harvest. This creates a more consistent quality and flavor of bison to consumers. This includes Winter Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats, Millet or Cracked Corn. But they feed on fresh open pasture for the majority of their lives.

Are your bison grain-fed or grass-fed?

All bison are pasture-raised. The free-range breeding herds (cows and bulls) spend their entire lives on pasture. Young bison are fed some grain prior to harvest for approximately 100 to 150 days so that we can produce a premier, high quality, fresh product year round. In order to be both environmentally and economically sustainable there are trade-offs. By feeding some grain to the young bison our products are consistently high quality, tender and flavorful year round.

Are you bison fed GMO grains?

Young bison are fed a very small amount of grain prior to harvest. Some ranchers may use Non GMO grains, some may not.

Are your bison contained or confined in small areas.

Bison are not contained or confined in small areas. We allow bison to be bison as much as we can, and let them roam the way they have for thousands of years.

Nutrition

What ingredients are in Great Range Bison?

Great Range Premium Bison contains one ingredient and that is Bison. There is nothing added to Great Range Products and our animals are never fed growth hormones or antibiotics.

Is Bison good for you?

Bison is a highly nutrient dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, mineral, and fatty acids to its caloric value. Bison has a high ratio of healthy fatty acids like Omega-3.

Bison has less fat, calories and cholesterol than several meat proteins; and has higher amounts of protein, iron and vitamin B-12.

Bison is an excellent source of iron for expecting mothers and has less calories and more protein than other red meats.

A 2018 study by the National Institute of Health found that consuming bison for 7 weeks resulted in reduced inflammation, lower oxidative stress, and subsequent maintenance of vascular function.

Do Great Range Premium Bison Products contain gluten?

No. Great Range Premium Bison products contain no gluten.

What meat cuts come from a bison?

Bison produce the same cuts as cows and other cattle.

Bison Cuts and Tips

Recipes

What does Bison taste like?

Bison has a clean, hearty flavor, with a slight sweet undertone. It is not “gamey” or “grassy” as typically expected from exotic game meats.

How do you cook Bison?

Bison can be substituted for other proteins in all your favorite recipes. Bison does have a lower ratio of fat and you have to be vigilant to ensure you do not overcook it. Here at Great Range we prefer our Bison lightly seasoned and cooked to mid rare. Visit this link to learn more.

Bison Cuts and Tips

Can I order product on-line direct?

Consumers can order our products on line through retailers and grocers who offer it. Today we do not provide on-line ordering direct. Use our Store Locator to find a retailer near you.

Do you provide home delivery?

Today we do not provide home delivery.

Where to Buy

Can I buy from you direct?

Today we do not sell direct to consumers.

Can I order product on line?

Yes you can order our products on line. If your local grocery or club store sells our product, just visit their website for store pick up od delivery if they offer it.

You can also order on Amazon.com. Just search for “Great Range Bison” and see if product is available in your area.

Can I buy in bulk?

Today we do not sell our products in bulk to consumers.

Do you provide home delivery?

Today we do not provide at home delivery.

However, you can order our products on line. If your local grocery or club store sells our product, just visit their website for store pick up or delivery if they offer it.

You can also order on Amazon.com. Just search for “Great Range Bison” and see if product is available in your area.

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