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2018 Bison Calves for Sale

A few weeks and they’re yearlings and a wonderful bargain at last fall calf prices of

$1500 each. Grass-fed with their moms on open range native pastures. Robust and

smart they have thrived in a Montana milieu of mixed -40.9 temperatures and blizzard

snow drifts. They satisfy the preference and compassion of folks in the modern American

natural food market: humane and open range conditions and healthy, pure, and wild

taste. The herd is about to be moved onto summer pastures and can be detoured to

our handling facilities for shipment within the month. Ca. 40 plus with nature’s fifty-fifty

gender split. Photos available. A pending balloon mortgage payment requires any offer

to be seriously considered. Contact dstange@midrivers.com or (406) 775-8808.

 

 


Bison Wall Pedestal Taxidermy Mount

Up for sale is a new Bison Wall Pedestal Mount. The backing material for the exposed portion of the pedestal form is dark brown Bison Leather. The pedestal form allows greater visibility of the beautifully colored “hump” on this animal. This specimen was harvested in the winter and has a very thick fur coat. Lots of caramels and browns with some red tones present. He was harvested, tanned and mounted in 2018. More pictures available upon request. The price of the mount is $4,000. I will crate/pack for free and the shipping is estimated to be around $350-400 through Taxidermy Freight. If interested, please contact Scott at srusselldvm@charter.net or 205-936-1457. Thank you for looking.

Brisket to top of Hump- 43″

Wall to Nose-36″

Wide-36″

Horn tip to Horn tip- 21″


Starter herd of big top-quality bison cows located in Pennsylvania

Six bred bison cows with the largest one weighing 1515 pounds and all but two of them over 1200 pounds on March 27. They are all under 10 years of age.  Wormed and vaccinated. They would make an excellent group for someone to start a show quality herd. Located in Pennsylvania.  Delivery is possible.  $25,000 for the group.  Call or text, David Sverduk @ 570-470-0128.


BISON FOR SALE:

4 Yearling Heifers; Born early summer of 2017; Great bloodlines, nice condition, grass fed, $1,850.00

N.W. Wisconsin

262-581-6295

715-317-0266


2016-2017-2018 Heifers For Sale in Bishop, California

SIX 2016 heifers – exposed for the last 10 months to beautiful bull  $3000

SEVEN 2017 heifers – not exposed  $2200

FOURTEEN 2018 heifers  $1800

Easy load facility & Vet checked March 2019

Available immediately.

Call : Robert Guacheno  760-468-9091

Email : whitemountainranchca@gmail.com


Bison Calves and One Breeding Bull for Sale

G&G Bison Ranch, located in south central Texas, just east of San Antonio, is offering 2018 male and female calves for sale. They also have a 2 year old breeding bull for sale. Please contact Danny at 361-229-7832 to inquire.


2018 Woods (Cross) Bison Bulls For Sale

Three excellent Woods (Cross) Bison bulls. Grass fed only. Wormed and weaned February 2019. Free delivery within 100 miles of Middle Tennessee, will deliver for fuel cost on greater distances.( $1800.00 each or 3.10/lb) Weights are 615lbs, 582lbs, 566lbs. Call Tim Ham for pictures or to schedule a viewing, 615-804-7954.

 


2018 Bison Calves need to move-Make offer!

We have 9 bull calves and 9 heifer calves we would like to move asap.

$1500 each or Best Offer.

Also have 20 custom made steel bison gates of various sizes.

Contact Mark at 260-415-9760

Location:  NE Indiana

 


Let’s Not Follow Chicken Across the Road

A typical comment made when first trying some type of exotic meat: “Tastes like chicken.”

But most foods don’t really taste like chicken. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, there’s something else that doesn’t taste like chicken these days: chicken.

The Journal reported last week“Chicken companies spent decades breeding birds to grow rapidly and develop large breast muscles.  Now the industry is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to deal with the consequences ranging from squishy fillets known as ‘spaghetti meat,’ because they pull apart easily, to leathery ones known as ‘woody breast’.”

I don’t generally recommend that bison ranchers learn from the poultry industry, but I think there’s a major lesson for us in this story.

Commodity livestock industries have fixated for years on growing the heaviest animals possible in the shortest time from birth to harvest. No sector has mastered this goal better than the broiler chicken industry. Fifty years ago, the average broiler chicken took about nine weeks to grow to a market weight of 3.5 lbs. Continuous tinkering with genetics, feed and other factors have shaved that time by a fourth, while nearly doubling the weight of a market-ready chicken.

On top of that, the chicken has been continuously modified to meet changing consumer demand. Breast meat in high demand? Let’s create chickens that would put Dolly Parton to shame. Customers discovered the great taste of chicken wings? Let’s create flightless birds with bigger, meatier wings.

Bison ranchers, too, are  concerned about the growth rate of the slaughter animals in our herds. It’s a natural component of economic sustainability. After all, every additional day an animal spends on grass or grain is a cost of production. But there’s a strong difference in optimizing growth potential and pushing that growth potential beyond natural limits. At some point, Mother Nature is going to say: Enough.

I thought about that this week, as I looked over the latest monthly USDA wholesale bison price report. The average reported carcass weight on young bulls last month was 695 lbs. Two years ago, the average bull carcass weighed in at 600 lbs. That’s a 14 percent increase in carcass weights over a two-year period. Unlike the chicken industry, bison producers haven’t likely shortened the time required to reach that heavier carcass. But it’s fair to ask if the meat coming off of a 695 lb. carcass is going to have the same eating quality as the meat from a lighter animal.

There’s another factor to consider as well.

According to USDA, 19,959 young bison bulls were processed under federal inspection in 2018. Let’s assume those carcasses averaged 695 lbs. If so, those 19,959 bulls supplied a total of 13.87 million lbs. of carcass weight for our customers.

If those carcasses had averaged 600 lbs., 3,160 additional young bulls would have been required to produce the same amount of carcass weight. In other words, our marketers could supply a stable market by purchasing 3,160 fewer heavy young bull carcasses from ranchers. Oh, and the meat would not likely be as high quality as that coming from the lighter animals.

Years ago, the prevailing voices in the bison business made a declaration that we should never turn our animals into a mass commodity. That was sage advice. Our customers have demonstrated that they are willing to pay a premium price for great tasting meat produced in harmony with nature, and with a concern for the integrity of the animal.

While the chicken industry spends millions of dollars to figure out how to once again engineer super-sized birds to create something that tastes like chicken, let’s just use a little common sense and listen to Mother Nature…and our customers.

It’s time to lighten up.


Excellent Breeding or Trophy Bull

Location: Hardin, MT

9 year old buffalo in great shape.  He weighs 1 ton and would make an excellent breeding or trophy bull. Asking Price: $5,000. Please call (406) 620-7158 to inquire.