FAQ - Crooked River Bison Ranch

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about us and our bison. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us.

What does grass fed mean? Aren’t all bison grass fed?

As defined by the USDA, grass fed requires that ruminant animals be fed only grass and forage, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season.

Surprisingly, not all bison are 100% grass fed. While the majority of their diet may come from grasses, some producers chose to grain finish their bison.

Our bison are only fed native grasses and vegetation found on our ranch. During the winter months, their diet is supplemented with locally sourced grass hay. They are never fed any grain-based feed. This means that our bison meat has the full nutrient portfolio that you would expect from grass-fed animals. Trust us – our bison meat is good for you. We’ve explained why here.

Do you finish your bison on grain or corn?

No, our bison are never finished on grain or corn. Their diet consists of 100% grass.

Are the bison given any antibiotics or growth hormones?

We would never sacrifice the safety of our herd or the quality of our meat by giving our bison antibiotics or growth hormones. We have and will never use any form of antibiotics or growth hormones on our herd.

Do you raise the bison?

Yes, we raise the bison ourselves on our ranch just outside of Prineville, Oregon. Our bison are raised exclusively at our ranch and are humanely raised and field harvested directly on our property. We do not buy from other ranchers and then resell their products to you.

How do you sell your bison?

When you purchase from us, you have the choice of purchasing a quarter, half or whole bison. We currently do not sell retail cuts.

How is my purchase price calculated?

Your total purchase price is calculated using the hanging weight of the bison multiplied by your price-per-pound, plus the processing fee. The hanging weight is the weight of the carcass once the skin, head, non-usable organs and hooves have been removed.

How much meat will I get?

You can expect to receive the following amounts of meat based on the size of your order. Please keep in mind that these are estimates only and several factors can affect your final “take home” weight.

Quarter Bison: 70lbs
Half Bison: 140lbs
Whole Bison: 280lbs

How much freezer space do I need to store my bison meat?

It depends on the size of the animal purchased. Based on a 2 year old bison bull with an average hanging weight of 400 lbs., a quarter bison will take approximately 4 cubic feet of freezer space, a half bison will take about 7 cubic feet of space and a full bison will take about 14 cubic feet. The typical kitchen refrigerator freezer compartment has about 5 cubic feet of space. A quarter bison can be stored in a kitchen refrigerator freezer if it is packed efficiently.

Is grass fed bison “gamey” tasting?

Our bison meat is very lean and has a unique flavor profile because of our ranching practices; we have not had any complaints about the taste of our bison meat. We are proud of the quality and taste of the meat we sell.

Are there any special cooking requirements needed for grass fed bison?

Our bison meat is much leaner than you may expect and some care is needed to bring out the best flavor. Overcooking may result in the meat becoming tough, and browning burger may require you to add a tiny amount of oil because there is little fat to actually brown the burger. You won’t need any special tools and you can still cook our meat the same way you would any other meat.

What if I have other questions?

If you have other questions about our ranch or our bison meat, please feel free to call or email us.