Sunday, March 11, 2012
I've spoken before about the herd of buffalo north of Scott City, KS that I've so far been unable to capture on camera. Turns out one of the local papers has a pretty good article about the herd and the owners, plus another herd near Syracuse, KS and the family's hunting business and "lodge" as well.
The herd north of Scott City is owned by the Duff family. They sell the meat on their website: Duff Meats. They ship with dry ice and FedEx, and offer grass fed and grain fed meat. The grain feeding is done at a local feedlot. I can assure you the normal feedlot construction of pens is not enough for buffalo - instead of welded steel pipe, drill stem is usually required for it's strength. Buffalo can go right through a pipe fence. They also offer for charge tours for groups during their season, also offered through their website.
They sell meat to a hamburger joint in Garden that I need to visit - Herb's Carryout, and a butcher in Scott City carries some of their stuff, too. Online, the cheapest meat is their grass fed hamburger at about eight bucks a pound, and it's gonna be pretty lean. They sell patties at 85% lean as well.
I've had buffalo meat before, but the last time I was probably a teenager. I remember it had a richer flavor than beef, and it was quite tender.
At any rate, one thing that video proves is that buffalo will chase after tasty treats just like cattle!