Texas Rancher Donnis Baggit Talks About The Healthy Benefits of Eating BisonThu, 17 Dec 2020 11:12:09 CST
Looking for something traditional, yet slightly different for your Christmas dinner? Donnis Baggit suggests a bison tenderloin.
Baggit, a Texas rancher and president of the National Bison Association Board of Directors, was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.
There is nothing that says Christmas dinner like a roasted Bison tenderloin, Baggit said.
He said bison should not be confused with a cape or water buffalo.
Baggit said bison in this country have been referred to as buffalo since French explorers saw the large herds of bison on the Great Plains and their word for cows sounded like buffalo.
After nearly going extinct in the late 1800ís buffalo have made a comeback, prized for their lean meat.
Today, the majority of bison production is in Canada and throughout the Plains south to Texas, Baggit said.
The Texas rancher said bison was a popular choice for many food service customers before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Early on, like a lot of people in the food supply chain we had issues, he said.
But consumers were able to find bison for home consumption.
Food service will be awhile recovering but many individual consumers have discovered bison and are buying it for home consumption, Baggit said.
He noted the pandemic has actually helped the bison industry.
It has made consumers more conscious of where their food comes from and since we are an industry of small to medium sized producers, he said.
The bison industry has always been transparent about what we do and how we do it, he said.
We call ourselves natureís original plant-based protein, Baggit said.
Bison is a very lean, healthy product, he said.
A new ap called buysomebison allows consumers to directly connect with bison producers.
Also, for pet owners, bison makes a good choice for low fat diets.
A number of premium pet food manufacturers use bison, he said.
What we want to make sure of is that consumers know what they are buying when they purchase bison, Baggit said.
Click on the listen button below to hear more of KCís interview with Donnis Baggit.
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