American Buffalo were added to the farm in 2002 and as of October 2006 our herd is close to 60 head. As you can see from the nutrient comparison, buffalo is another low-fat, low-cholesterol alternative.
Although nearly extinct at one time, there are now more than 300,000 buffalo in North America.
The average weight for buffalo at birth is 30 pounds. Adult males can weigh over 2,000 pounds. These wild animals can be skittish and unpredictable. Both the males and females have horns, it is best to keep a fence between you and the buffalo herd.
Animals raised here at Breakneck Ridge Farm eat grasses from our lush pastures and are given hay in the winter, which is grown on our highly nutritious hay fields. We will occasionally give our animals grain as a treat. We do this mainly to get the animals to come when we want them to.
In 2005, the main gate to the Buffalo pasture was left open by mistake and all 20 head were out on a picnic. I tried to chase some back with no success. The next evening they were down in one of our hay fields where I coaxed them into the road with a bucket of grain. From there we were able to herd them up the road for about a mile to the pasture. If it wasn't for their sweet tooth for grain, I don't know what I would have done. We are located back in the woods where you can go for miles, I mean hundreds of miles without seeing civilization. The relief of getting these animals back was beyond description. These are still wild animals and they do like roaming free.