Bison are a species that existed in North America long before we humans did. They are natural to our environment. Bison in North America were almost eradicated during a short recorded history of humans on the planet, only to be resurrected and conserved by forward thinking ranchers and indigenous peoples. Bison still retain their mystery and heritage while being a part of our planet’s future as their populations continue to grow.
We find that our bison thrive on less human interaction. This means no hormones or antibiotics are used on our ranch alongwith a low-energy grain ration only when needed. This also helps in getting the bright red meat along with the white fat that isdemanded and prized.
We know that controlling our supply by working directly with the bison on the land inwhich they roam, all the way through our butcher facility, to the retail and foodservice market, that we know where our food comes from. By hand-cutting meat to strict standards, we ensure that every cut is consistent and fresh.
Our bison are fully graded through a government controlled system and the meat cut to rigid specifications
Conservation and Sustainability
It’s no wonder why bison are natural to the Canadian environment. They are happy in cold climates and flourish in large expanses of Prairie pastureland. History, and human interactions, have not been kind to bison, until recently. From over 10 million strong before European settlement to near extinction at the close of the 19th Century, the bison populations struggled due to unrestricted hunting and weak government conservation methods.
That all turned around with the Canadian government’s purchase of a large herd from Montana starting a growth period for the animal and the establishment of National parks devoted to their conservation. As herds grew, bison were sold to interested ranchers. Bison are now partially responsible for the return of Prairie grasslands from cultivated land. In turn, soil erosion is prevented and many grassland species from birds to deer, insects to fungi have habitat to call home. Bison are not only a good conservation story, but their very existence advocates for a more sustainable future.
Sustainability and social license are important to a global public. Springbank Bison is proud to be a big part of the bison conservation story and the sustainability of both land and bison.
.With over 4000 head of bison on our ranch land, all of our bison are raised on open grass and later finished with a special grain ratio at our very own feed yards.
Bison are not like cattle for beef. They don't require much from us. but they do need a good diet and a deep understanding of what kind of environment they like to roam.
We use no hormones and only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary for the animal's health and welfare. Their feed rations are mixed by our own team of experts often using what is produced on our own lands in Southern Alberta.
This is historic land split by the Old Man River, a sacred river to First Nations peoples, named for the Creator of the Earth and life on it, as the belief goes. Our land includes the legendary Pioneer Ranch that sits at the heels of the Rocky Mountains as it transitions to flat grasslands for as far as the eye can see.
This is big sky country.
MacLeod's Leap Beef
PO Box 2024
Fort Macleod, AB
Canada T0L 0Z0
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