Address: 802 Alkire Lake Dr., Sugarland TX 77478 / (832) 473-9768
About Us / Buck N Buffalo History: Buck N Buffalo ranch raise AWA-certified bison on more than 1,500 acres in Burnet County, Texas. The ranch is owned by Robert, Bridget and Ryan McGowen, and is managed by Jack Henderson and Larry Wilson. After buying the property from eight different landowners to create a contiguous ranch, Robert, Ryan and Jack added bison in 2010 to manage the grassland in harmony with the deer that inhabit the ranch. \nMuch of the inspiration for the high-welfare animal husbandry practices used at Buck N Buffalo comes from Jack’s family, which raised beef cattle on 22,000 acres of grassland in Oklahoma. “Before it was cool, we were raising animals the right way,” says Jack. After studying agriculture at Oklahoma State University, Jack left his farming roots when he met Robert in 1978 and began working for his family business. The ranch’s owners and managers chose bison in part because of Jack’s familiarity with the species, which comes both from his quarter Osage Native American identity and from when he worked with 2,500 bison as a youth at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in northern Oklahoma.\nPreserving the genetic of the American bison and allowing the animals to express their natural behaviors and instincts are important aspects of Buck N Buffalo’s livestock management practices. “It breaks my heart to think of such a spiritual animal contained on a feedlot,” says Jack. Buck N Buffalo’s managers are working with Texas A & M University to test the herd’s genetics and to develop a breeding program that will save for pure bison genetics as they grow the herd to as many as 500 head. \nJack explains that Animal Welfare Approved standards, which require that bison are allowed to perform their natural behaviors, outdoors on pasture, are perfectly in line with the ranch’s practices. So while becoming AWA-certified didn’t required any significant changes to their basic operation, the team at Buck N Buffalo believe the support of the AWA technical team and the logo of a well-known and respected certification on their bison meat will be beneficial as the operation grows.\nAWA-certified Buck N Buffalo bison meat is available direct from the ranch. Visit www.BuckNBuffalo.com or contact Jack at (832) 473-9768 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.