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May 25, 2017

Wild Horses and the American Spirit

The “wild” horses of the American Great Plains are not truly wild. In reality they are feral horses – domestic horses that were released or escaped from captivity and are surviving on their own. It is true that the distant ancestors of the horse probably evolved on this continent, but they were closer to the size of a big cat and unrecognizable as horses.

Wild Horses

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May 16, 2017

Education By Bull Boat

At Wild Idea we do everything in our power to see that all the parts of the buffalo are put to good use. That’s why I was so interested in the telephone call I got from Doctor Craig Spencer, biology professor at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. For several years, Craig has been bringing his biology classes out to our buffalo ranch to talk about grasslands and the history of the Great Plains and last year, one of the students asked if I’d come to their campus to do a public reading and talk to some of the classes.
Dan O'Brien and Augustana Students View article

May 12, 2017

A Mother's Day Parade

There wouldn't be a Mother's Day without babies and there are a lot of new babies at the ranch. Here are some snapshots of the latest regenerators of the prairie. Adorable, golden balls of fur, with faces that not only a mother could love, but anyone. Happy Mother's Day to all the nurturing mother's of the world!
New Buffalo Calf and Mother

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April 28, 2017

The Subtlety of Spring on the Prairie

Spring is not as showy on the prairie. You have to look to find its subtle beauty. This is when my hikes turn into scavenger hunts, with each flower often preferring a different soil condition.


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April 26, 2017

Introducing Pasture Raised Heritage Chicken

A couple of years ago after one of Dan’s talks at a Patagonia store in California, a young gentleman walked up and introduced himself. His name was Jesse Solomon and much like us, he was trying to change the environment through our food system. He was just getting the final pieces in place for his sustainably raised chicken business, Emmer & Co. Jesse mentioned that he used our philosophy and business model in his approach. Intrigued, we exchanged business cards and said we would keep in touch.

Roast Chicken

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April 20, 2017

How Buffalo Taught Me to be a Responsible Capitalist

I belong to the Baby Boomer Generation and if you are a Millennial, Gen-X, or Gen-Z person, I owe you an apology. My cohorts and I are the ones that didn’t adequately stand up to the forces of ignorance and greed that are killing everything that is wild. But we were the first generation that understood that what humans were doing to wild things was suicidal. We are culpable for knuckling under in the face of the power behind that insanity and I’m sorry for the part I played in that tragedy.
Dan O'Brien on his Bison Ranch

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April 07, 2017

The Art of Bison Persuasion

This past week I had the chance to ride along to bring in a bunch of buffalo from their winter grazing grounds on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. Dan and Colton had been bringing bunches in all week and we hoped this was the last group.
Buffalo on Prairie

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March 24, 2017

Wild Means Wild

In about a week we will start gathering the buffalo off the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands (their winter pasture) and bring them back across the Cheyenne River to their summer pasture. It will also be the first time that I have been among them since my accident, almost two months ago.

Last month shortly before Valentine’s Day, I had an accident involving one of our bison. Bison, as we all know, are and always will be a wild animal.

Buffalo

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March 20, 2017

Off The Buns & On To Buff

Its spring; time to get off the buns and get buff. Being healthy takes both eating right and exercise. We know life gets busy but to keep up you have to take care of you. Meet a few of our Wild Idea Buffalo Company ambassadors and get inspired! View article

March 10, 2017

Predator-Friendly Prairie Landlords

Many people say they love nature, but as Dan often says, “people like nature when it doesn’t smell, poop, or bite”. For consumers who love nature and vote for nature with their mouths, and who look for companies like Wild Idea Buffalo Co. that offer a great meat by-product, through sustainable conservation, we have your back on all the elements of nature.

coyote

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