Bison Industry

The Bison industry today includes the production of bison, these are marketed as live animals for breeding stock or for processing as meat animals. Fresh, frozen or prepared meat as well as by products which include skulls, mounted heads and robes.

Bison calves and yearlings are sought after by Cutting Horse Trainers to help educate their horses in the art of cutting stock. Bison are fast and very agile. They can change direction very quick, which is an ability the trainers want to keep the horses thinking and moving well.

The infant bison industry in Australia can be classified as any of these, agriculture, alternative agriculture, livestock production alternative livestock or even organic health food production.

Bison is similar to beef in taste and texture but has several health advantages,

  • Bison meat is significantly lower in fat.
  • Bison meat is tender without having the fat marbled into it because the muscle fibre's are shorter than those of beef.
  • The fat content is also less than that of pork, lamb, chicken, turkey and some fish.
  • Bison provides about 45 % more iron than equivalent portions of beef.

Nutritional Chart

They are hardy animals, resistant to many of the infections that plague cattle, and therefore do not require drugs to keep them healthy.

Therefore, it should be encouraged to the health conscious consumer and to those who must lower the fat in their diet but don't want to give up red meats.

Restaurants purchase a significant portion of the meat produced Bison meat is usually prepared like beef, but bison has a quicker cooking time and can easily be overcooked.

Bison are wild animals. There is not a tame or domesticated hair on their head. You can gain their trust and friendship, but you have not really changed their basic nature—they will always be wild.

This free and independent nature is a strong part of the appeal bison have to us. There is only one way to make a bison do anything, and that is to make him want to do it.

Forget everything you know about cattle.

These animals have a nature of their own, and that is what you will have to know and understand. It is that independent nature that will affect the ways in which you manage your herd. Being in the middle of a bison herd is no place for a person. You may think they like and accept you.

Look close at how they interact with each other. They like each other, but they still act very violently with their buddies. They butt and gouge at each other, and you will notice that the receiver of that action takes the threat/danger very seriously.

They avoid being trapped by any animal more dominant than they, and stay out of their space.

If they make a mistake, they are promptly and harshly reminded of their place. If you want to be part of the herd, you will also be in their pecking order—and they will find out that you should be on the bottom rung.

The bull will test you first, and there may not be enough left for any others to play with.

But if you don’t want affectionate bison jumping on your butt, then stay on your side of the fence. Otherwise, you will learn about tough love. Your reaction times are not good enough to avoid the actions of a bison.