The Skinny on What You Eat

Weekly we receive calls inquiring on whether or not our bison meat products are 100% grass-fed, as well as the nutritional values of our products, and the differences between grass and grain finished meats. We are always happy to share our information and tell our greater story of environmental sustainability. And, if someone is really interested, we love to prattle on about species diversity and carbon sequestration! 

Nutritional Value of Bison

Interested consumers are always surprised to learn that 90% of the bison that are raised for our food supply, are grain finished in a feed-lot. Much of this confusion is caused by a lack of transparency, with many meat companies promoting grass-fed on their web-sites or signage, without informing the consumer that the animals have been grain finished. Calling companies for assurance is always a good idea, especially for those that have heightened food sensitivities.  

We also occasionally get the cost question. At a glance the costs of a sustainably raised, grass-fed/finished products may appear to be higher, but once you peel back the short term price tag and you take a look at the long term price tag, the costs become more clear. 

Steak Price Comparison

The differences between grass-fed/finished proteins vs confined grain-finished proteins are significant. Our food choices not only impact our health, but the health of our environment too.  

Thanks to all of you who make sustainable food choices. We know it takes extra time and we truly appreciate your efforts. 






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  • Thank You for your stewardship.
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    Water is Life

    Midge Jolly | Earth & Sea Farm
  • By far the very best choice of meats! I now have my dachshund on the raw bison-needless to say, she loves it!!! I fed her a raw buffalo bone; which I will cont. to offer her on a regular basis. Wild Idea Buffalo-YOU ROCK!!!

    Janis Griffin
  • I see that the first thing listed on every group is WATER.Then sunshine and grass. All natural ingredients. All others are fossil fuel bases. If there is no fresh clean water there is nothing. Please keep that in mind.

    Peggy Tegeler
  • I am very particular about what I put into my body and your Wild Idea Buffalo meat is the only red meat I buy anymore, I love the way you field harvest your meat, not stressing out the bison, you can definitely taste the difference, the meat tastes delicious! It’s as close as you can get to wild game, without all the work! Keep up the good work, hopefully more farmers and ranchers will adopt your methods!

    Mike Walker
  • Your Wild Idea bison meat is incredibly good. People have told me 100% grass-fed meat is too tough but I beg to differ. Yes, the price is more but I eat less meat these days and almost all of it is your bison meat. I find my meals become more worthwhile and totally enjoyed. And I serve it to guests, who are always amazed. Thank you so much.

    Susan Will
  • Long time customer and the Buffalo just keeps getting better! I’ve yet to have a bad cut of any of the many cuts I’ve tried. Keep up the outstanding work!

    Mark Holloway
  • From our experience, it ends up costing about the same even in the short term. (Especially now that shipping bundles is free. Thanks guys!) Eliminating costs to the environment is a bonus. How’s that? Even from the graph above, the improved nutrition is obvious. We saw another graph on the website in the past that also compared other nutrient levels. So? Not only does it taste great and is good for you, but It’s so nutrient rich that we find ourselves eating less than we did of other meats. Our bodies get the nutrients they need and just inform us that they’re full. So portion size drops. The other meats may be cheaper per pound, but we eat more of them to feel full making the price per serving about the same…(;-) .

    Ron Ruck & Jane Nachazel-Ruck
  • Your right about extensive Landmanagement grassfed lifestock. s best quality. ..
    I myself would like to get Land in your country for extensive User. ..

    felix stirnimann

    We’re admonished to think in terms of our grandchildren until it’s time to eat. Then it’s a short-term affair. Do something actually good for you and purchase products that aren’t doing damage to mother earth. Buying on the cheap most times means it’s an environmental disaster.

    The TRUE cost of the western lifestyle is being deferred to be paid by a future generation. Outfits like Wild Idea are moving in a better direction. We will enjoy benefits both short-term AND long-term, by supporting their efforts.

    Donna Vorce
  • I’ve eaten wild boar, rabbit, elk, venison, moose, and of course beef, chicken, and pork. Wild idea buffalo by far has outstripped the other meats in terms of flavor and sustainability. Unless you hunt your own meat, which I don’t, the choices for long term sustainability are slim. Yes, the cost per pound is higher, HOWEVER, there are hidden costs as illustrated here which we can no longer ignore. You have a customer for life – my 8 yr old gobbles up the meat every time!


    Chris Santos

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