Eating Ethically to Save an Ecosystem

As private landholders, we, along with our sourcing partners, are trying to protect these prairie ecosystems for a healthy diversity of both flora & fauna. But we are not running a park; something has to pay the bills. Our humane field harvest helps keep our lands in balance, which in turn supports a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem and a healthy, by-product of buffalo meat. This natural circle of life and food, for both animals and people, is the true meaning of regenerative and is most definitely ethical.

Animal Husbandry & Humane Harvest

In the late summer and early fall the herd comes together for the breeding season. Nine months later, in the spring the prairie welcomes its newest generation of prairie regenerators. It may seem counterintuitive to harvest animals when you are trying to bring them back, but harvesting is necessary to balance the herd numbers with what the land can support. 

A Mother's Day Parade

Choosing photos of Buffalo Calves is a little like choosing photos of your grandchildren - it's hard to delete any! I hope you enjoy these photos of the prairie's newest arrivals, along with their sweet moms! jill


There are almost no artificial lights on this ranch. We don’t find them comforting. In fact, we on the Cheyenne River Buffalo Ranch love the darkness of natural night and embrace it as an element of nature as essential as grass at our feet, wind in our faces, or the sound of coyotes from four directions. It is Dark Skies week around the world...

Poetry Contest 2022

It's National Poetry Month, so it's time to bring out your inner poet for our annual Free-Style Poetry Contest! And... this year we are offering three prizes! Here's how our contest works: Submit your original poem in the comment section below by noon, Wednesday April 27th.

Buffalo, River Crossings & Grasslands

In the fall of 2003 we moved our buffalo onto the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands for the first time, after 125 years of their absence. Even though we have repeated this every year since, it never gets old or looses it's emotion. 

The BS Of Our Food Supply

Recently the New York Times released a three-part video series titled “We’re Cooked”. If you didn’t see it, the links to the series and other articles that we reviewed for reference are located at the bottom of this post.  Here are some highlights.

Honoring Gervase Hittle

In the spring of 1971, Gervase Hittle, an English & French Literature Professor at the University of South Dakota met and became good friends with one of his graduate students, Dan O’Brien. 51 years later, their friendship remains. 

A Family's Experience & Testimonial

This past summer on their family vacation to western South Dakota, they booked a tour of the ranch. The day of their tour the temperature reached 110°. It didn’t curb their enthusiasm or charm. We received the following essays and video as a thank you. As you will read and see, they were an easy group to fall in love with. What a wonderful gift!

Native American Heritage Day

Today is Native American Heritage Day. A day to pay tribute to the heritage, culture and contributions of the Native people. 

An American Thanksgiving

For sure there are many dishes that have become iconic American, and perhaps there is no meal that is more that then Thanksgiving, although not necessarily authentic from its origin.

Beauty & Buffalo In The Great Plains

Over the past month at the ranch and throughout the Great Plains areas that we have traveled, we have all stated "Oh my God - it's so beautiful!". I thought I would share some photos with you of the changing landscape over the last three weeks, taken on my walks or drives, and transport you to the prairie grasslands.
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