In 2017, they purchased bare family homestead land and began creating the dream that is now Iron Head Bison Ranch, sharing high quality food with the public while keeping true to utilizing the whole animal as their ancestors would have.
Iron Head Bison Ranch is located 20 minutes east of Winnipeg off the #1 Highway near Richer, Manitoba, Canada
It aims to re-establish the wildlife habitat, keep natural grasses from being over-grazed, and restore the natural flow of water through the land.
As bison graze through our pastures, they are providing the land with a natural fertilizer, nurturing the soil as they eliminate their waste, enhancing the ecosystem from the ground up. In turn, the healthy soil creates an abundance of natural grasses for the bison to graze, keeping the regenerative process going.
Over time, this method of ranching will restore soil quality, biodiversity, water quality, and the overall health of the ecosystem all while producing sufficient, high-quality, nutritious food.
Pasture raised bison improve soil carbon content, fertility, availability of nutrients, and soil life. It does all this while still producing food for human consumption.
Iron Head Bison Ranch is on Treaty 1 Territory – the traditional land of the Ininiw (Cree), Anishinábé (Ojibwé), Anishiniw (Ojibwé Cree), Dakota, and Dene people, as well as the Birthplace of the Red River Métis.
Bison have a long history with Indigenous culture, providing them with food, clothing, fuel, tools, shelter, and spiritual value. It’s hard to believe that at one point in our history, bison roamed North America in the millions.
During the early fur trade, Métis people had many land-based skills such as hunting, trapping, and gathering. Land and resources were the base of the economic system, and survival depended largely on natural resources.
Bison, frequently referred to as buffalo, was a significant resource for Indigenous Peoples of North America, providing food and raw materials until their near extinction in the late 19th century.
We at Iron Head Bison hope to carry on the traditions of our ancestors. We have created a space where traditional food from the land can be provided. It’s a vision of Iron Head Bison to maintain intergeneration continuity of our traditional land use.
In the News
The bison to protect biodiversity and its culture
Give this new article from CBC Radio Canada a read to learn more about Iron Head Bison! Click the link below, it can be translated from French to English.
Here Manitoba with Anne-Charolette Carignan
Dec. 4, 2022
“The Boily family has realized their dream. By raising bison, she wanted to reconnect with her Métis heritage and protect an endangered species.”
CBC Radio interview with Iron Head Bison Ranch
Have a listen to Iron Head Bison Ranch owners Jason and Erin Boily with CBC Radio Noon Manitoba.
Radio Noon with Marjorie Dowhos
Dec. 6, 2021 Iron Head Bison Ranch – running strong in southeast Manitoba
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