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Amazing…But Not Exotic

I’ve pounded the drum continuously over the past few months to call out the need for  truth in labeling when it comes to companies using the term “buffalo” to deceive customers into believing that water buffalo meat and pet food ingredients are actually bison.

But that’s only one example of how our business must deal with misused and convoluted terminology.

Take, for example, the term exotic species. defines exotic species as “alien species, invasive species, non-indigenous species, and bioinvaders, are species of plants or animals that are growing in a nonnative environment. Alien species have been moved by humans to areas outside of their native ranges. Once transported, they become removed from the predators, parasites, and diseases that kept them in balance in their native environments. As a result of the loss of these controls, they often become pests in the areas into which they are introduced.”

Based on this definition, it should be easy to make a list of exotic species of livestock in North America. Hmm…let’s see; cattle, pigs, chickens…that would make a good start.

That’s not the way it works. Regulations within USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) classify bison as an exotic species. Non-exotic: cattle, pigs and chickens. At least the FDA has the courtesy of defining bison as a “minor species” when it comes to regulations regarding veterinary materials.

The exotic species classification generally arises as a point of discussion when it comes to the issue of having to pay for USDA inspection. But it also creates barriers on how USDA  approaches product label approval, use of meat curing products and other issues.

I’m not suggesting that we petition USDA to re-classify bison as a non-exotic (amenable) species. It’s not in our best interest to fall under all of the regulations that govern beef, pork and the other commodity livestock sectors.

But perhaps we ought to visit with our friends in the elk and deer associations about steps needed within the regulatory system to support—rather than stymie—the producers and marketers who raise these indigenous animals.

Herd Reduction Bison Sale

I’m selling 2018 yearling heifer and bull calves as well as bred cows.  My herd will be over 50 head after spring calves arrive and I need to get down closer to 35.  All animals were born and raised on my farm and 100% grass fed.  These animals are 100% sound and ready to go.  I recently de-wormed the herd with Dectomax injectable April 6th, 2019 and ear tagged all of 2018 calves.  Herd Breeding bull is in the second pic.  More pics available upon request.  Reasonable offers will be considered.  Located in Central Illinois, 20 sw of Champaign.

Call or text 217-714 – 4433.

Tag Store

Tag Store

Purchases from the Tag Store below help support the NBA though a revenue sharing program and give producers the opportunity to participate in the NBA’s BlockChain transparency and traceability program. There are no additional fees to participate and doing so will help maintain the value of bison products as consumers seek more transparency in where their food comes from.

Minnesota Buffalo Association’s 23rd Annual Legends of the Fall Auction

23rd Annual Legends of the Fall Auction – Saturday, November 30, 2019 in Albany, MN.

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Minnesota Buffalo Association’s Bison Fundamentals Class

The MnBA will host its annual Bison Fundamentals Class on Friday, November 29, 2019 in Albany, MN.

Please visit for details.

Dakota Territory Buffalo Association Winter Conference and Sale

January 31 – February 2, 2020 in Rapid City, SD.

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CALL TERRY 541-408-3521

5 Breeding/Trophy Bulls For Sale

We will have fourteen 2017 bulls ready for sale mid May. Couple nice Breeding Bulls in this Group. Contact John Greenroyd at 405-831-4021. Located in Oklahoma.




Too Much Grass in Colorado – We need some more Bison

My partner and I have recently acquired long term pasture leases on 10,000 acres of grassland in two ranches on the Eastern Plains of Colorado.  This is in addition to the grasslands we run our bison on in Eastern Kansas.  We don’t own enough of our own bison to fill up and use this grass up.  We are looking to run someone else’s animals for several years.  Opportunity #1 – We can take in 250 yearlings every year for 3 to 5 years.  Payment can be a monthly cash payment for pasture and care or we will trade for yearling bulls at an agreed upon value.  Opportunity #2 – We can take in 200 head of breed cows.  Ownership supplies their own bull power.  This could be a 3 to 5 year deal. Again, payment for care can be a monthly cash payment or we will take in weaned bull calves of equal value.  Historically, under our management we see a 90% plus calving rate.  Ownership must supply the correct number of bulls (14 to 15 bulls for a cow herd of 200).  Herd Bulls are to be semen tested annually and the cow herd is to be preg checked annually.  All open cows are to be culled.  All bison are to be ear tagged and have permanent metal ID tags.

Rex Moore of Rock River Ranches is part of the management team.  Rock River Ranches is looking to increase it’s annual meat production.  Rock River Ranches could be interested in acquiring some of these yearling bulls in future as our requirements increase.

Please contact Rex Moore at 303-901-1864 (or email) to discuss further opportunities to run your bison on our grass.

PS – We are also looking to hire a bison ranch manager for our expanding operations.

2019 NBA Summer Conference Exhibitor Booth