American Buffalo or Bison
A buffalo has a shaggy, long, dark brown winter coat, and a lighter weight, lighter brown summer coat. As is typical in ungulates, the male buffalo are slightly larger than the female and, in some cases, can be considerably heavier. Head-and-body length ranges from 6.6 to 11.5 feet long, the tail adding12 to 36 inches. Shoulder height in the species can range from 60 to 73 inches. Typical weight can range from 700 to 2,200 lb. The heaviest wild bull ever recorded weighed 2,800 lb. The heads and forequarters are massive, and both sexes have short, curved horns that can grow up to 2 feet long, which they use in fighting for status within the herd and for defense.
Buffalo are herbivores, grazing on the grasses and sedges of the North American prairies. Buffalo mate in August and September; gestation is 285 days. A single reddish-brown calf nurses until the next calf is born. At three years of age, bison cows are mature enough to produce a calf.
Please call for more information on the availability of Buffalo. We have several sources and often have “beefalo”.