Our Herd

The majority of our Red Gate Bison Ranch herd hailed from a buffalo preserve in Indiana with their genetic roots from the herd in Custer State Park, South Dakota.

Currently we have two bison breeding bulls, a predominantly Woods Bison and a predominantly Golden Plains Bison.  Our Wood Bison bull is a big boy weighing in at about 2,000 pounds.  Our Plains Bison bull is somewhat smaller weighing only about 1,700 pounds.

Our bison cows, our “girls” as we call them, weigh in the range of 800 to 1,200 pounds.
Our bison are raised from conception to processing free of steroids, growth hormones, and sub-therapeutic antibiotics.  We treat our bison with care in humane and low-stress environments to keep their lives as natural as possible.  

Our bison enjoy rotational grazing which means they are not penned in small feed-lot style corrals but instead they enjoy grazing together as family units in pastures.  The bison graze in each pasture up to two weeks and then we open gates to allow them to enter the next pasture where they graze for another two weeks.  Employing this rotational grazing strategy, the bison never “over eat” a pasture and each pasture is allowed time to rest and regrow its grasses before the bison enter it again. Currently we use six pastures for this rotational grazing schedule and we are working to complete fencing on several more pastures.