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[TAKE PKG] {***PKG***} >>REPORTER: Millions of bison roamed North America for hundreds of years. But they almost became extinct. >>NATS: >>REPORTER: Willliam Woys Weaver has a PHD in food Ethnography and says European colonists wiped them out in the ??. >>WILLIAM WOYS WEAVER/FOOD HISTORIAN: 14:03:16 "Once the railroad went through people could shoot them very easy from the trains, but there was also a government policy in place to get rid of the bison because if they got rid of the bison they undercut the culture of the plains Indians and this would break them financially and culturally which is what the government wanted to do in those days." >>REPORTER: Now the creatures are flourishing and have become the first national mammal of the United States... >>ROD WIEDER/BACKYARD BISON: 10:08:16 "This amazing national treasure that we still have that we are lucky we have." >>REPORTER: Farmers like Rod Wieder let them graze in Coopersburg.. just like they did out west. >>STANDUP: 09:35:35 "Here at Backyard Bison.. about 45 bison roam more than 25 acres of land." >>REPORTER: Weider says if people buy bison meat and support farmers.. it helps with population and ensures the animals will be as wild and natural as possible in the future. >>ROD WIEDER/BACKYARD BISON: 10:08:52 "You have to eat them to save them." 10:08:40 "In the 70's there was only 30 thousand of them and now there is around a half a million and that's all because of the meat business." >>REPORTER: In recent years.. North America's first lean red meat has made a comeback. >>ROD WIEDER/BACKYARD BISON: 09:44:50 "Everything from filet mignon to delmonicos." 09:44:15 "We got the burgers." 09:44:28 "We do a all bison hot dog." 09:44:40 "We even do a bacon. We make out of the brisket. That's nice and lean. That's all natural, pure." >>NATS OF CLOSING: >>REPORTERS: From farmers... >>NATS OF FOOTBALL: >>REPORTER: To the football field.. >>REPORTER: Bison is gaining attention. The owner of Rising Sun Inn more people are ordering bison at the restaurant.. thanks to the new Philadelphia Eagles quarterback. >>FRED /RISING SUN INN: 11:55:24 "Carson Wentz has been making it more popular because he is from the Dakotas." >>REPORTER: Other reasons.. people are choosing it over beef... It's better for you because it has more iron.. and virtually no fat... which means it's higher in nutrients. >>ROD WIEDER/BACKYARD BISON: 09:48:33 "Most people say they have more energy after they eat bison." >>REPORTER: And of course.. the flavor. >>ROD WIEDER/BACKYARD BISON: 09:50:34 "A little sweeter than beef, it's not wild or gamey." >>FRED /RISING SUN INN: 11:56:25 "Bison tastes like beef wants to taste." >>REPORTER: >>FRED 11:47:16 "We are just going to cut it down into some steaks, about one inch thick." 11:47:26 "We're just going to put it in a little bit of flour." 11:47:46 "Pan fry them for two or three minutes on each side." 11:47:56 "After this we would fry a little bit of onions and mushrooms and top it with that, maybe a demi glace sauce or bernaise would be good with that." 11:48:22 "As you can see it's just a nice lean protein. There's hardly any fat." 11:48:36 "Not as much stuff comes out of the meat." doesn't shrink 11:49:48 "Bison meat is best served medium rare." 11:50:12 "It was the original American red meat." 11:53:18 "If you cook it slow and right it is tender." 11:53:26 "It has mroe protein in it so it has a little bit more bite to it, so not necessarily tough but you have to chew it a little more." 11:55:24 "Carson Wentz has been making it more popular because he is from the Dakotas." 11:56:25 "Bison tastes like beef wants to taste." less marbling, cleaner meat We were there as a mother was delivering a calf Weider had a hunch.. she was doing so because the animals stayed deep in the woods. He was right.. he took this picture a few hours later. >>NATS: motor and hay 09:13:12 driving 09:38:24 09:44:15 "We got the burgers." 09:44:28 "We do a all bison hot dog." 09:44:40 "We even do a bacon. We make out of the brisket. That's nice and lean. That's all natural, pure." 09:44:50 "Everything from filet mignon to delmonicos." 09:45:08 "That's something that you can do just in the crockpot. It's real easy, start it in the morning and forget about it, they are nice and lean." 09:46:04 "That's like a New York Strip there." darker than beef 09:46:19 "It's higher in iron." less fat so high in nutrients natural meat twice as expensive as beef, people with cholesterol issues, sensitivities to beef 09:48:33 "Most people say they have more energy after they eat bison." 09:50:34 "A little sweeter than beef, it's not wild or gamey." 09:50:39 "A lot of people said it tastes like beef used to taste." calf was born the day we were there >>ROD WIEDER/BACKYARD BISON: breeds them once a year grandmothers farm first to bring bison to the farm more common in more rural areas where the land isn't as expensive 10:02:37 "They are cattle that are native to North America and they are the only ones who are still as mother nature intended." big difference Beef have been bred for specific traits, production oriented where they will pick out 10:04:09 "Beef need antibiotics for certain things because they just aren't as hearty as the bison." 10:05:12 "They'll pick out single blades of grass in a clover patch. I don't know how they do that with that big mouth and head." In the winter the pastures aren't growing so bison are in survival mode, keeps water thawed out, 10:06:25 "Around March, they start shedding their winter coat to get ready for the summer." april grass is green and they go on pasture. start having calves in april or may, grass is at its highest nutrition.. which helps the mom make good milk and get her her back in shape... summer pasture is hot when they get too big and too rowdy like teenage boys time to slaughter, meat gets tough around 30 months they get slaughtered you only need one bull for 20 females for breeding so all the excess bulls born every year they can be harvested and you can still grow the herds. bison farmers love them and keep them here back from a trip out west like yellowstone sparks interest doesnt plan to expand the farm happy with selling to customers 10:11:46 "Customers are so appreciative and so thankful and they really lift you up and get ready for another week." hard work 10:12:57 "It was everything to native Americans. It was their food, their shelter, their clothing, and their spirituality." 10:13:05 "Their hides they would use for teepees and for blankets and the bones they would use for digging utensils, for weapons." >>FRED 11:47:16 "We are just going to cut it down into some steaks, about one inch thick." 11:47:26 "We're just going to put it in a little bit of flour." 11:47:46 "Pan fry them for two or three minutes on each side." 11:47:56 "After this we would fry a little bit of onions and mushrooms and top it with that, maybe a demi glace sauce or bernaise would be good with that." 11:48:22 "As you can see it's just a nice lean protein. There's hardly any fat." 11:48:36 "Not as much stuff comes out of the meat." doesn't shrink 11:49:48 "Bison meat is best served medium rare." 11:50:12 "It was the original American red meat." 11:53:18 "If you cook it slow and right it is tender." 11:53:26 "It has mroe protein in it so it has a little bit more bite to it, so not necessarily tough but you have to chew it a little more." 11:55:24 "Carson Wentz has been making it more popular because he is from the Dakotas." 11:56:25 "Bison tastes like beef wants to taste." less marbling, cleaner meat 14:02:08 "There were bison here in Pennsylvania you know in the early part of the 18th century. They became desimated and gradually they disappeared." 14:02:30 "I think the Shenandoah valley at one time was grass, and was open plains like the west and there were bison in there." native americans used it 14:02:47 "You can get a lot of meals out of it, you get leather." european colonists quickly figured out the buffalo was useful, but they nearly became extinct 2 sides to the story to the disappearance of bison 14:03:16 "Once the railroad went through people could shoot them very easy from the trains, but there was also a government policy in place to get rid of the bison because if they got rid of the bison they undercut the culture of the plains indians and this would break them financially and culturally which is what the government wanted to do in those days." good qualities for a modern day diet >>REPORTER: bison is healthy more iron protein


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