What did the father buffalo say to his son when he went off to college?

Bison!

We keep a herd of approximately 65 bison year-round. They are fed strictly grass in the summer and hay in the winter, to give their meat the taste nature originally intended. We do not give our bison any antibiotics or growth hormones.

Bison are shy, so we mostly leave them to themselves. When it is time to move them to another section of pasture for grass and health management, we simply open a gate and let them find it on their own – which they do very quickly given their sharp vision!

Once per year we give them a topical anti-parasitic treatment and occasionally we give them a treat of grain with minerals mixed in to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need.

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About Bison in The Pas and Area


We don’t know if there were bison ranging near The Pas a long, long time ago, but it’s a pretty good guess that there was. Our climate and geography are a match to their natural habitat. There are two subspecies of bison in Canada: Wood and Plains Bison. The Plains Bison roamed the great grasslands of the North American prairies to the south and west of us. Wood Bison kept to the more wooded Northern areas and these are the subspecies that we raise ( Bison Bison Athabascae in Latin). They are larger than their southern cousins and are perfectly suited to the sometimes harsh weather conditions in our region. Being an extremely hardy animal they don’t require much help from us. Wood Bison grow thick long coats in the winter that keep them so well-insulated it is not uncommon to see several inches of snow on their backs as there is not enough heat escaping their bodies to melt it away. In the Spring and early summer they shed their winter coats and we often find great patches of soft fleece out in the pasture. This woolly fleece is highly prized for yarn because of its softness and amazing warmth.




What does "naturally grass-finished" mean?


Most commercial bison are grain-finished to “fatten them up” -- that is, they are fed a lot of grain as they grow to slaughter weight. This has the effect of altering the natural taste of the meat. At Round The Bend Farm we ensure our bison are exclusively grass-finished; this gives their meat the taste Nature intended – full-flavoured, lean and healthy.




What does bison taste like?


Bison is a rich red meat that is slightly sweet and deliciously tender when not overcooked. It’s been compared to “beef, but better”. In fact, after eating bison you may no longer be satisfied with beef!




Bison vs. Beef?


Besides having more flavour than beef, bison is healthier! It has fewer calories per serving than a serving of beef the same size. It is high in vitamins B12, B6 and niacin, selenium, zinc, phosphorus and iron. It also contains essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.




How do you cook bison?


Bison can easily replace beef in all your favourite recipes. You can cook it the same way; just remember that because it is very lean it will cook faster than beef, so don't overdo it. Whole cuts that are cooked via a dry heat method (like steaks) are best enjoyed medium to medium-rare. At Round The Bend farm we enjoy bison meat in all its forms! But for a quick and easy meal we often fry ground bison in a pan with some onion and pepper -- nothing fancy, just delicious.




I don't think I have the time to cook bison properly.


Yes, you do! Ground bison is delicious when fried loose in a pan with chopped onions and/or garlic, and it doesn't take long at all -- you can get a pot of rice started and have the meat cooked before the rice is done.

Cook any cut of bison meat to tender perfection in a crockpot while you are at work! If you don’t have a crockpot, get one -- 15 minutes of prep time in the morning is all you need to have a great meal ready when you get home.

Or, take 5 minutes to put a frozen roast in a roaster in the morning and set your oven to go on at 11:00 and turn off at 5:00 pm. When you walk through the door after work you will be greeted by the warm aroma of roast bison. Yum! Boil up some potatoes and carrots and you are all set.

It does not have to take hours to prepare a great-tasting and nutritious bison meal!




I'm not sure I have room in my freezer!


That depends on your freezer! We have a variety of meat packs available ranging from a few select cuts all the way up to an entire bison. Our Trail Pack will easily fit in the freezer section of a standard household refrigerator. An entire bison (cut and wrapped of course!) will require a 13 cubic foot chest freezer.

If you don’t have a large chest freezer already, here are two good reasons to invest in one:

1. You will be able to reap great cost savings by buying meat in bulk.

2. You will appreciate the food freedom of having a large quantity and great selection of meat right in your home without having to plan a trip to the store.

New freezers are highly energy efficient and do not use much power over the course of a year. Consider an upright freezer that takes up even less floor space.




Is there really an advantage to buying a quarter, half or whole bison?


Absolutely! Here are 3 very good reasons:

1. Cost savings. By buying an entire bison you will save approximately $1,200! A half bison will save you about $600 and a quarter will save you about $300.

2. Health benefits. If you have a freezer full of bison you will be encouraged to just eat better! When you take a piece of bison out of the freezer to thaw the night before or in the morning, it forms the foundation of your family dinner and it is easy to then cook up some potatoes and vegetables or other side dishes to go with it. Just like that, you and your family are eating better. In addition, you have some leftovers you can pack for lunch! You don’t have to be a master chef to achieve great healthy meals with bison a couple of times a week.

3. It brings people together. When you put the effort into a good wholesome meal it simply demands attention and reduces the number of empty chairs around a table. Tell people you are cooking bison and it will naturally get them to the table!





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