Bison are known for their strength and determination and in our opinion are one of the most majestic animals on earth.
“At one point over 30-60 million plains bison roamed across North America. Moving hundreds of miles each year, they helped shape the land and contribute to the overall health of the ecosystem”-worldwildlife.org
We are striving to conserve Bison of the Pure Plains origin through consistently growing our herd and raising our animals humanely with organically minded practices. Our animals are raised in a small herd where they live in a low-stress, natural environment with very little human interference. We respect + value our Backwoods Bison by providing them with a life filled with dignity from birth to their “one bad day” when their life is sacrificed for human sustenance. Our Bison are fed and finished on Alberta prairie grasses, are never subjected to growth hormones + are guaranteed antibiotic free at the time of slaughter. We are working hard to build consumer confidence in our animals and are proud to be regenerating the prairie while doing so.
Today individuals are consuming bison meats more than ever with increased focus on the health and wellness industry. Bison meat is a flavourful, tender and extremely lean red meat alternative. Bison meat has what most nutrition conscious individuals want with its high levels of bio-available iron, essential omega 3 fatty acids, rich sources of protein, low cholesterol and low fat content.
Buying a quarter, side or full animal is an economical way of filling your freezer while supporting us, your local bison rancher. We understand that the process of purchasing meat in bulk can be confusing for first time customers and we want to make the process an easy + painless one for you by explaining some of our FAQ.
- Our sides of bison typically weigh 200-250 lbs (on the rail), that is before cut and wrap. The amount of meat you receive will depend on how you want it cut, so we charge on a rail weight basis, the same way our butcher charges us to process the animal. You can expect a yield of approximately 65% of the hanging weight to go into your freezer.
- Mixed Quarter Bison is one-fourth of a full bison, including cuts from both the front and hind quarters of the animal. Mixed quarters are made from a side of bison split into two identical orders containing a variety of steaks, roasts, ground bison, stew meat and minute steaks.
- Rail Weight or Hanging Weight refers to the weight of the bison as it hangs in the butcher’s cooler once the head, hide, feet, organs and blood are removed. If you think of any movie with a butcher shop scene and there are sides of an animal typically beef, hanging from hooks on the ceiling, that is what “on the rail” means. Since almost every butcher bases the processing fees on the hanging weight, it is the most widely used measurement by direct to market farmers. Price quotes will frequently say something like “$6.50/lb. rail weight, cut and wrapped (which refers to the butcher fees)”.
- Dress Percentage refers to the percent of the live animal that ends up as carcass. Generally, the carcass weight is taken immediately after skinning and evisceration and is commonly known as the hot hanging weight.
- Carcass Yield or Cut and Wrap Yield refers to the actual weight of all the packages of individual cuts of meat that you will put in your freezer. When the carcass is broken down into recognizable cuts, there is some loss when cuts are deboned and fat is trimmed away.
- During each step of processing, some weight is lost. It is very important to keep this fact in mind when trying to calculate exactly how much meat your share will contain.