Though the current population is approximately only 1-2% of its historic numbers, they are not considered endangered or at risk for extinction. Careful breeding practices have preserved the herds’ genetic diversity, and a plentiful number of bison (over 60,000) are safely and sustainably harvested every year.
While the popularity of bison as a food source increases every year, it is still considered a small niche in the marketplace, especially compared to beef. Whereas over 60,000 bison are harvested every year, the US beef industry vastly overshadows that amount, at about 125,000 per day.
According to the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, there are 1,775 private U.S. ranches and farms raising bison. At J bar S Ranch, we are proud to be a part of continuing this historic tradition!