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Raising Bison

I guess in all of our lives there comes a point when we begin to follow a sense of direction that may not easily be explained.  Jeff and I have always preferred a life filled with direction and purpose.  To the best of my memory, we were watching the movie Lonesome Dove with our son who was 8 years old at the time.  As the movie unfolded, it was evident that many different messages were being delivered about the ways a person can decide to live their life.  Raising our son in a manner that taught many of the strong virtues that were portrayed in that movie, we decided to change our lives and move to a property that would support a small ranch.  Offering some space - some elbow room.  Own horses and enjoy trail riding.  Teach our son about goals and the discipline it takes to reach them.

Meanwhile, Jeff had discovered that he was challenged with a family history of high cholesterol and taking this in stride he really started to watch what he was eating. Not wanting to start the whole vicious circle of taking medication, in 2004 he started to research a way to continue to include red meat in his diet without compromising his health.  The answer was BISON.  Reading everything possible, reaching out and talking with the most knowledgeable people in the industry - he connected with a gentleman who at the time was the president of the National Bison Association (NBA) and owner of the Durham Ranch in Wright, Wyoming, John Flocchini.  The Flocchini's expertise and devotion to the bison industry inspired us and fueled us with the courage to move ahead.  With all of this new found knowledge, and after MANY discussions Jeff said...."I think we can do this, what do you think about raising bison?"  I looked like a deer in headlights.  Owning horses had made most of our 'city' friends look at us we are talking about raising bison???  I was not sure. 

"Sure, honey", I said out loud.  And in 2011 we were the proud new owners of two baby bison. Our herd has grown and lead us to our first harvest of our all natural, grass fed bison in January of 2015....and so the beat goes on.  

We are thankful for the lessons we have learned along the way, the new friends we have met who have imparted so much good information and camaraderie and of course, the Buffalo Gods. 

We hope that you will discover that bison, rich in flavor and long on health benefits, is an easy red meat to add to your lifestyle.  Give us a call to talk more about it.

Tracy and Jeff Herrick