Is Beefalo the Next Big Thing in Meat? 


Kelly Beaton, The Food Institute

June 15, 2022


In an era in where veganism is increasing and protein alternatives are making inroads, some in the agriculture realm believe they’ve found the future of traditional meat production.


Proponents of a crossbreed of bison and cattle, called beefalo, say its meat is every bit as lean as bison and can be easily raised on a farm.


“We might start seeing campaigns for beefalo to drive awareness and interest – the USDA’s checkoff programs like ‘Pork; the other white meat’ come to mind,” Leah Wolfe, director of regenerative education and content at HowGood, told The Food Institute.


“These campaigns could help maximize beefalo’s exposure among consumers and help it become more popular,” added Wolfe, who helps oversee a large ingredient and product sustainability database at HowGood.


Beefalo is bred to include more cattle traits than bison, reported NPR (June 8). The American Beefalo Association says beefalo with 37.5% bison genes are considered full-blood beefalo and present the ideal mix for the breed.


Cross-breeding to produce beefalo has occurred since the 1970s, but the practice is gaining favor in some circles lately due to the lean meat beefalo provides...