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Wild Idea Buffalo Blog

February 09, 2018

A Buffalo Love Story

A few years back, when we moved our buffalo to their winter pasture on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, we left seven behind. They consisted of: a crippled-up older cow with her calf, (who had been keeping to the outskirts of the herd to stay out of harms way), a young bull (about 2½ years old) which we guessed as the cow's older offspring, three older bulls who had separated themselves from the main herd as they often do after the breeding season, and a motherless cow, which at the time seemed a bit odd.

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January 24, 2018

A Man's Mission

In a recent blog post I characterized “the hot air emanating from Washington DC” as more dangerous than the smoke from California’s devastating forest fires. (I was talking about some of the tragic proclamations coming from the White House, not the comedy of the even more recent government shutdown.) Because Wild Idea Buffalo Company is first and foremost a conservation minded company, I was, of course, referring to the United States’ abandonment of the Pairs Climate Accords, the opening of our public lands to the extraction industries, and the reduction in size of protected lands across the west.

Dan O'Brien

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January 17, 2018

Service With A Smile

In today’s world of automation, quality customer service is hard to find and getting a “real human” to help you is even harder. As customer service goes, our Wild Idea Buffalo Company administrative, sales associates and shipping staff are a cut above. Not only do they care about our greater mission of environmental sustainability, but they also care about the quality of our product and the quality of your service. Getting our product to you successfully is a layered process with many details. Read more about our crew here and help us thank them!
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January 12, 2018

The Weight of Winter

After less than nine hours of daylight, the sky reaches down, touches the earth and the two seal up like a clam—leaving us in the heavy murkiness of night. For those who need the light, the weight of darkness can be crushing. To maintain wellness we look for light elsewhere during these hours—in the glow of a fire, the flicker of a candle, the smile of a child, and we hunker down and wait for morning to return.

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January 05, 2018

My Journey to Health & Wellness

Since I started teaching the Primal Health lifestyle, I often come across moments where I can deeply relate to my client. I was not always knowledgeable about the right foods to eat or even how I should go about exercise to reach my peak performance. As a kid, I ate tons of processed foods, was mostly sedentary, and didn’t get outside as much as I should have. Luckily for me, I found an outlet for two of the three issues and started to play football my freshman year of high school. I got plenty of sun and exercise but I still ate what I now call the Standard American Diet (SAD). I managed to earn a full ride scholarship to Northern Arizona University and at the time tipped the scales at over 300 pounds.

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January 02, 2018

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Buff!

In today’s fast paced world eating healthy can be a challenge. It’s times like this where convenient, healthy, fast food can literally be a lifesaver! Get deliciously Buff with our Buff Burgers! Pre-seasoned to perfection, handcrafted into 6 oz. portions, individually wrapped and sold in (you guessed it) a six pack! Getting fit is as easy as 1) Thaw. 2) Cook. 3) Eat!

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December 27, 2017


My seventieth birthday fell on Thanksgiving, 2017. It had been a tough year, with destructive wildfires destroying the canyon lands above my California friend’s homes and even more dangerous hot air emanating from Washington, DC, and some of my own health issues that reminded me constantly that I was now seventy years old.

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December 13, 2017

Meet Our Native American Sourcing Partners

This essay is our second profile on our sourcing partners.

Our sourcing relationship with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe started over 15 years ago. At the time our field harvest method was putting the animal down in the pasture and then hauling it to town to be processed. This was done under state inspection, allowing us two hours from bullet to refrigerator. When our Native American friends and neighbors came to us and asked if we would harvest for them, we couldn’t offer help, as there wasn’t a processing facility close enough to their location to meet the regulated guidelines.

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November 30, 2017

Home For The Holidays

A few weeks ago, we moved the buffalo into the pasture that boarders the Cheyenne River in preparation for moving them onto their winter pasture on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands over the Thanksgiving weekend. Each time we do this, I am reminded of the first epic event that took place 14 years ago. 

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November 29, 2017

Giving Tuesday

'Tis the season for giving! This year with your help, we were able to deliver a check for $622.86 and a $311.43 box of nutritious buffalo meat to “The Club For Boys” on Giving Tuesday. These gifts may not seem like a lot, but for a small specialty food company (food companies are typically among the lowest gross margin businesses), it’s a big deal. But, not as big as the smiles and thanks that we received from the recipients!

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