Bison 101: Raising and Selling Bison

Thursday, Aug. 6  | 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Dan martha mcfarland2 e1587153093956Martha, of Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch in Fredericksburg, will share the benefits of and considerations for raising and selling bison. She’ll discuss bison behavior (they are not cattle!), her fencing infrastructure and handling facilities, markets selling bison products and state regulations related to bison. Martha will also walk us through on-farm videos as part of a live Q&A session.

Host: Martha McFarland | Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch | Facebook

The Farm: Martha McFarland farms with her father Dan near Fredericksburg, Iowa. They operate Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch on 250 acres of pasture and timber where bison and cattle graze. Martha gives educational tours to provide historical information about bison, the prairie and the history of their homesteading family who settled in Iowa over 150 years ago.


  • Bison behavior and bison handling
  • Fence infrastructure
  • Markets and regulations for selling bison

Format: Virtual Field Day

Platform: Facebook Live

This material is based on work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number NR196114XXXXG003.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, any reference to specific brands or types of products or services do not constitute or imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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