The Bison Market
Bison exports in Canada have been steadily growing the last few years, with 14,000 animals exported in 2013, 20,000 in 2014 and between 27,000 and 28,000 in 2015.
In this era of buying local, supporting sustainable agriculture, and eating healthy, bison meat is showing up on more and more dinner tables. Bison are native food animals which process North American grasses more efficiently than cattle. They aren’t treated with antibiotics or growth hormones and their meat contains less fat, less cholesterol, and more nutrients than beef, pork or chicken.
According to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, 100 g of raw bison (separable lean only) contains 109 calories and 1.8 g fat. The same amount of raw beef (separable lean only, choice grade) contains 291 calories, and 24 g fat.
The growing demand for these animals’ meat has created a nationwide “bison boom” which has left many bison producers scrambling to expand their herds as meat prices soar. According to the National Bison Association, the number of bison processed in North America doubled between 2005 and 2009. Last year was the most profitable year on record for the bison industry.( Source: www.pbs.org)