Shenandoah Hills Store – Bison Health
Bison are a unique species; they are not cattle. They are still wild animals even when raised domestically. They are genetically hard wired to defend themselves.
The few that survived extinction had a genetic resistance to disease and infections that have been passed down from generation to generation. Bison are exposed to a wide variety of pathogens that are part of the landscape and environment, but only a small percentage have any effect on them.
Bison bulls are generally harvested between 900-1200lbs, and heifers may be only 800lbs.
New customers who have never cooked or even tried bison usually start with a burger or steak. The tried and true rule for cooking is: low, slow and olive oil. A good experience will usually bring you back for more. You begin to build a trust relationship between you and the seller; that quality will always be the same.
Bison meat contains no added growth hormones or antibiotics as it is illegal to use them. It can be certified organic if it contains 95% organic ingredients which means the bison must have grazed exclusively in certified organic pasture and must have eaten certified organic feed. The meat must also be processed at a certified organic facility.
Although bison producers are not required to use a USDA inspected processing facility, most do so that the meat can be shipped anywhere. Bison meat, in the past few decades has continued to increase in popularity because it’s highly nutritious, healthy and delicious!