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  • 1. The Blanbrook Bison Farm
  • 2. Nature’s Best is Back! Bison..........
  • 3. Who
    • Bruce and Shirley Mills
    • Originally milk farmers
    • Grew up in the area, 3rd generation farmers
  • 4. Where
    • Blanbrook Bison Farm RR6 St. Mary’s, Ontario
    • Small, family run business
  • 5. What
    • American Bison
    • Once inhabited North America in massive herds, but were hunted to near extinction by American settlers and native americans
    • Now as many as 500,000 in captive commercial populations
    • Over 250,000 being raised for human consumption
  • 6.  
  • 7.  
  • 8. Some Confusion...
    • Bison are NOT buffalo
    American Bison Water Buffalo
  • 9. The Product
    • Steaks, roasts, charcuterie
    • Offal
    • By-products
    • Nearly 75% yield
  • 10. When
    • In 1992 they sold the cows and bought bison
    • As the market expands they face problems with supply and demand, but...
    • Bison are not that popular
    • Not a lot of bison farmers around so there are not a lot of buyers
    • Has to reapply for government subsidies
    • Wants to expand, sell more products
  • 11. Why
    • Likes the ease of raising buffalo
    • Likes the small market
    • No commercial farming
    • Sells to local restaurants
    • Used to be difficult to sell in Stratford
  • 12. Comparison
    • Only bison farm within 100 miles
    • Leaner than beef, pork, and salmon
    • Nutritional Value
    • Can buy fresh
    • Better than elk