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Wild Idea Buffalo Blog

August 14, 2017

Prairie Grassland Birds

Bird watching is a favorite pastime on the ranch, not just for those that live here, but also for those that visit. The old cottonwoods that canopy the house are perfect for nest builders and cavity dwellers.
Black Headed Grossbeak

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July 28, 2017

The Dream Continues

When the Great Plains were young there were no humans to manage them. No humans to plow the soil, string barbed wire along the river banks, choose the crops to plant on the flats, or decide on the number of animals to graze the grass. It was like one enormous ranch, managed on the single principal of natural selection. In those days the Great Plains changed so slowly that, for all practical purposes, they were in stasis - perpetually beautiful and wild.

Dan & Jill O'Brien Family

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July 21, 2017

Introducing Savory Grains

To offer our customers convenience in their selective grocery shopping (what we call, modern day hunting and gathering), we have been looking into other products to offer you.

Researching food products that truly maintain the same high standards in production and that share in our overall mission is a process. But, we are very particular and we know that you are too. This month we are very happy to add Patagonia Provisions Savory Grains to our menu.

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July 19, 2017

Two Announcements!

Wild Idea Buffalo Co. was this years recipient of their communities Sustainability award! Dan and Jill accepted the award on behalf of their family (son Lucas, daughter Jilian, son-in-law Colton), their working crew at Wild Idea and the ranchers they work with that maintain equal standards and the consumer for having high standards & caring about how food is raised.

Sustainability Award to Wild Idea Buffalo Co.

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July 14, 2017

A Visit To The Cheyenne River Buffalo Ranch

Wild Idea Buffalo Ranch

Some people say we live in the middle of nowhere. We say, like nowhere on earth.

From mid May to September, we give tours to interested customers who want to see for themselves where their food comes from and to groups interested in the science of environmental sustainability.

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June 27, 2017

How Four Ross Students Found Community on the Prairie

Open Road — Week Three by Team RAZA

After spending our first two weeks in the urban centers of Detroit and Chicago, we knew week three in Rapid City, South Dakota would definitely be a different experience. But the reality of just how different didn’t begin to sink in until we passed through Badlands National Park.

Rainbow over prairie

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June 14, 2017

Baby Barrett's Arrival - A Father's Story

At 5:01 p.m. on June 8th 2017, another prairie boy was added to the mix on the Cheyenne River Bison Ranch. Barrett Elton Jones came into this world a hearty child weighing 9 lbs. 15 oz. and measuring 20.5”. His mother was flawless throughout her second time of the delivery process. Jilian proved to be poised and in control, which is a little different then the ambiance of the ranch in the days preceding Barrett’s arrival.

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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.
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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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