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Sustainable bison ranching and how private ranchers helped save the bison from extinction is the topic for this week's Backyard Bounty Podcast with Nicole and her guest Pierre of Bison du Nord.
What You'll Learn
- How sustainable bison ranching is done.
- How Pierre and his family began their journey as bison ranchers.
- The difference between sustainable bison ranching and traditional cattle ranching styles
Established in 1972, Bison du Nord is proud to be among the oldest sustainable bison ranching operation in Canada and the largest in Eastern Canada. Pierre and his son Charles work on the ranch side by side sharing a love of nature, hard work, and adventure. Their commitment to the well-being of bison and sustainable farming practices, including rotational grazing and soil health optimization, is integral to their ranching philosophy.
Bison du Nord has a strong and healthy herd of 300 animals that graze freely in large open pastures year-round and have never treated with hormones and are antibiotic-free. Their simple feed protocol: plentiful pasture in summer months and quality hay or hay silage in wintertime produces healthy grass-fed animals, raised the way nature intended.
The ranch recently became Certified Grassfed and Animal Welfare Approved by AGW. A Greener World’s (AGW) certification highlights their commitment to high animal welfare, respect for the environment, and sustainable farming practices, including rotational grazing and soil health optimization. Pierre and his family take great pride in these certifications and in being good stewards of the land. All Bison du Nord bison meat, is exclusively grass-fed and grass-finished on the farm, offering a naturally, extra-lean meat with fewer calories, more protein and iron than other red meats. Making it one of the most nutritious (and tasty!) meats available on the market.
Resources & Links Mentioned
- Bison Du Nord Webpage
- Bison Du Nord Facebook Page
- Bison Du Nord Instagram
- Book a Bison du Nord educational tour
- The difference between Bison and Buffalo
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