Growing Demand For Bison Meat Strains Ranchers

MINNEAPOLIS — The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn’t bother the bison on Ed Eichten’s ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive – even thrive – year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, …

MINNEAPOLIS — The deep snow blanketing the Midwest prairie didn’t bother the bison on Ed Eichten’s ranch one bit. The hardy animals evolved to survive – even thrive – year-round on the open range, and with their big heads, they can plow right through drifts 5-feet tall or more.

The majestic beasts are a hot commodity these days, as consumer demand for healthy meat has sent prices soaring. But although bison are what one rancher calls “a self-care animal,” most farmers are struggling to increase their herds and keep up with demand.

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