"Desperate to rediscover purpose" in his life and disillusioned with working like a serf for the bank while supporting cows--those lumbering, small-brained icons of the plains that O'Brien describes as "a sort of reverse beast of burden. I was carrying them!"--he made a snap decision one day in January 1998 to take in 13 orphaned buffalo calves from a fellow rancher. Later, after much soul searching and contemplation of both practical and emotional matters, he decided to jump headlong into buffalo ranching. He expected differences between the two animals, of course, but was pleasantly surprised by the buffalo's self-sufficiency. Since buffalo are native to the plains, they are much gentler on the land and are able to find most of their own food and water. Plus, their meat is healthier than beef (and delicious to boot), and buffalo do not need the heavy doses of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones that cattle require--a process O'Brien likens to "locking children in a room with ice cream and potato chips and treating the health problems that result with expensive medicine."
O'Brien is a splendid storyteller, and his narrative is a skillful weave of the history of the buffalo on the Great Plains, colorful portraits of fellow ranchers, descriptions of the plains' rugged beauty, and a clear-eyed account of the harsh realities of ranching in this unforgiving landscape. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Very informative regarding the behaviors of buffalo. Enjoyed reading how a disillusioned cattle rancher took a chance on raising buffalo and made it a successful operation.Published 3 months ago by SALLIE PAGE
In a book that combines honest details about the bitter realities facing environmentalist ranchers with informative facts about wildlife, grass, and the struggles and rewards of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lydia
This book is a great story and very well written. This non-fiction story reads as enjoyably as a novel while still coming across as informative about the topic at hand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Piasecki
Excellent writing. It will make you think twice about buying beef at the grocery store and inspire you to support the movement to raise buffalo instead.Published 5 months ago by Emilie Braunel
Excellent read! Presented in a warm and humble manner and dealing with restorative ranching thatis in co-operation with nature. The book presents real people in a kind way. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sally Lacquiee
I expected Dan O'Brien to have a deep love and respect for buffalo. What was a delight to discover was his passion for honesty, for all of humanity, and for life.Published 8 months ago by larry Peterson
On its surface, this book tells the story of how a South Dakota rancher got out of cattle ranching and moved into bison ranching, eventually helping establish a boutique company... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Arthur Digbee