The American Bison was once the single most important food source for the indigenous American Indians of the Great Plaines. Millions of wild bison roamed and prospered in the grasslands for centuries. In the journals of Lewis & Clark, they described western herds being so numerous that they “darkened the whole plaines”. Bison, the largest land animals native to North America were not only an important food source but an incredibly sacred symbol. Unfortunately in the late 19th century, with the incredibly damaging cultural assimilation of the American Indians by the US government, new pioneers wiped out between 30 and 50 million bison. Some soldiers killed bison for sport to spite their Indian enemies, while other farmers and ranchers began hunting them to make room for their horses and cattle. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were only hundreds of wild bison left and the species was on the brink of extinction. Luckily, with the tremendous assistance of president Theodore Roosevelt and the American Bison Society formation in 1905 at New York’s Bronx Zoo, conservation efforts revitalized the species and wild populations began to restore. Today, there are an estimated 500-700,000 bison in America. Their grazing patterns are regenerating the grasslands once again & restoring the biodiversity of the Plaines. Bison is an incredibly delicious protein. All of our bison is sustainably raised in South Dakota. It’s fully grass-fed and grass finished. It’s not only leaner to beef but actually has such complexity of flavor that blind taste-test studies have shown 80% of those who’ve tasted bison actually prefer it to beef. Bison has a high iron concentration which gives it a deliciously earthy mineral flavor. Newly available, the Bison Ribeye Steak.
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