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Is buffalo grass fed?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 10, 2010 at 2:36 AM

Have the cattle industry gotten hold of the Great American Buffalo and started feeding them corn as well or are they 100 percent grass fed?

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on September 08, 2011
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on May 10, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Unfortunately anything you buy in a supermarket is going to be corn finished unless stated otherwise. From an article written in 2001 http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/bison.html#grass:

"Consumers in the study showed no preference between grass-fed and grain-fed in terms of tenderness and juiciness, but they preferred the taste of grain-fed bison 6 to 4 over grass-fed." (Umm, 6 to 4 sounds pretty close to no preference to me. But nonetheless, one Big-Ag hand must wash the other, so...) "Grain finishing is receiving more emphasis because of the North American Bison Cooperative???s requirement (15) that their members place animals on a grain diet 100 days before slaughter." [emphasis added]

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on May 10, 2010
at 01:35 PM

Our farm is adjacent to a Buffalo Ranch and in exchange for use of 40 acres of our land for grass we enjoy all the meat we can handle. Watching these big boys grow without grains or supplements is a joy to behold. Yumm.

Ed

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on September 08, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I know this is a very old post and you will probably never see this comment, but I felt the need to express my powerful envy for your situation! Wow. What a great exchange.

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on May 10, 2010
at 02:59 AM

Yeah. Most commercial bison is corn-finished. Unless expressly stated otherwise, it's safe to assume that you're eating grain-fed bison.

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on May 10, 2010
at 12:18 PM

Drat! I didn't know this. Thanks for the info.

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on February 25, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Check out Grass-fed Bison is the Answer on facebook.

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on May 10, 2010
at 05:45 PM

Most have become grain fed ($$) and that will make the meat is lean because grass not corn is what makes REAL beef and Lean. There would be no discussion about Lean beef if it was all gras fed. Buffalo doesn't have some genetic disposition toward being lean- just the correct diet. Check the produce and farm. And an "all vegetarian diet" is not grass Fed- thats Corn.

And if you haven't seen Food , Inc- please do- you can google it and catch a stream of it somewhere but if you can buy a copy and support the talent that produced it. TY

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on May 10, 2010
at 03:09 AM

Ugh! I understand from a cost point for business why farmers resort to corn/grain-fed livestock, but it is so frustrating to see the buffalo livestocks become tainted w/corn diets too.

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