History of NorthStar Bison
The Life-Long Dream
Northstar Bison is a family owned and operated, vertically integrated enterprise, that was birthed in September 1994 with the purchase of 2 young bison from Bluemound State Park in Luverne, Minnesota, to fulfill a life-long dream. Shortly after, in January of 1995, we added six bred cows which contributed to the growth of the herd to 14. During that time, the decision to market the meat directly was made and formed the distribution division. In pursuit of learning how to raise and produce the highest quality of meat, we realized that 100% grassfed bison was the best all around; good for land, good for the animals and good for people. This became our motto. We determined to make quality product and excellent customer service our primary commitment to our customers.
The slaughter and processing was performed by a local, licensed, custom processor until 2005, when NorthStar Bison purchased our current processing plant in Conrath, WI. This has allowed for control of the processing schedule, a “field-kill” method of harvesting the bison, and creating recipes that match our commitment to bringing you the highest quality, most wholesome products possible. Our product specialties include fresh, unfrozen product weekly and processed, cooked products that are nitrite and MSG-free, 100% bison. The slaughter facility continues to service the local community with custom processing. The meat offerings have expanded to include bison, beef, lamb, pastured poultry & pork, elk, ostrich & venison. Our market includes retail customers and wholesale, ranging from restaurants to grocery outlets and ranch store.
The Grass Fed Model
Today, the NorthStar Bison ranch consists of 1200 acres of owned and rented grasslands in Northwest Wisconsin and East Central Minnesota, where approximately 600 bison are grazed under Holistic Resource Management principles. In addition, we have developed very close working relationships with the ranchers in the upper Midwest who believe in the grass-fed production model and meet our criteria for raising this wonderful icon of the prairie.
You are always welcome to stop by our ranch-store at 1936 28th Ave., Rice Lake,Wisconsin.(8 miles N of Rice Lake on Hwy 53, right on Cty V 1/2 mile.) 888-295-6332. Please call ahead just to make sure you will be greeted by a human.