In the 1870’s the Plains buffalo (Bison bison) reached near extermination from a high point population of perhaps 40 million in the mid-1800s. Since that time, the Plains Buffalo was restored and is now one of the best sources or delicious meat in the country.
From an estimated 1,500 animals around 1900, buffalo numbers have expanded to a current U.S. population of approximately 300,000, with roughly 40 percent located in the Great Plains region. In the United States, government herds, both state and federal, have remained relatively constant in number over the past thirty years. The percentage of buffalo owned and managed by private individuals has grown dramatically and now represents approximately 90 percent of the total population. This change in the percentage of buffalo that are privately owned has been accompanied by a shift toward treating the animal as domestic livestock by many producers.
From our farms to your table, Golden Valley Natural has close to half a century of experience in raising buffalo and bison as a livestock. Get a peek at our bison far and get a feel of how true we are to our promise of delivering the flavor of the west to you.