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Buffalo Rancher Creates Own Market
Wink Nyhart, Twin Bridges, Mont. decided to raise buffalo to diversify his ranching operation. He also decided to create a new market for his homegrown buffalo. With the help of his wife, he's selling gourmet buffalo meat.
The idea has "taken off" and Nyhart-produced buffalo meat is showing up in specialty food stores, airport gift shops and mail order catalogs throughout the country as the latest in specialty foods.
Labeled Western Pride Buffalo Meat, it's packaged by the Great Western Buffalo Trading Co., Twin Bridges. It's available in three forms buffalo stew, buffalo barbecue, and cubed chunks.
So far, the Nyharts have been able to keep up with the demand using buffalo raised on their ranch.
Paul Pratt, a partner in the company, explains that buffalo meat's popularity comes from its novelty as well as its unique flavor, and low fat, high protein content.
Since buffalo meat is unusual you won't find it on your supermarket shelf and you'll pay a bit more than you do for ground beef. If you can't find it in your area you can order directly from the company. A gift box consisting of a 10 oz. can of stew, barbecue, and cubed chunks sells for $13.50, plus shipping.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Great Western Buffalo Trading Co., Twin Bridges, Mont. 59754 (ph 406 684-5498).

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