Bison, also called ‘buffalo,’ are native to North America and were once wild in Saskatchewan. There used to be about 60 million bison that lived in North America and were important to Indigenous people. When the Europeans came to North America, bison were hunted nearly to extinction, leaving less than 1,000 bison in the late 1800s. Today, bison numbers have recovered through help from the government and ranchers. In the 1980s, bison farming started to become popular again. Bison meat is healthy, nutritious, and tasty, making it a great choice for meat.
There were 60 million bison that once roamed North America.
The bison were very important to the way of life for Indigenous people who used all of the parts of the buffalo after hunting it.
Buffalo can jump 6 feet high and will try to jump fences if they aren’t high enough.
The Canadian Bison Association and the National Farm Animal Care Council developed a guideline to make sure animals are being treated properly. Animal health and well-being is important to bison farmers. The farmer makes sure they have enough food, water, and a clean environment. Vaccinations are given to bison to protect them from diseases.
This buffalo is eating hay.
This buffalo and her two calves are in the pasture.