Protein Spotlight: Pasture-Raised Bison

MAY 2021

Tags - Bison, Dogs, Food, Pets

At Shine Pet Food: Shine Pet Food’s bison are raised by ranchers who have the highest standards in animal husbandry, and manage their rangeland for conservation and ecological biodiversity. The animals roam the prairie stress-free and are given respect, dignity, and care throughout their lives.

The Benefits: Compared to bison raised more conventionally on grain, our 100% grass-fed and grass-finished meat is lower in total fat (especially saturated), cholesterol, and calories. At the same time, it’s considerably higher in beta-carotene and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), both of which are practically nonexistent in grain-fed animals. CLA has been linked to reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Beta-carotene is used in the body to make vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that’s linked to preventing cancer and cardio-vascular disease. 

Another win for native grass-fed and grass-finished bison is its healthy ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s of 4:1 or less. For grain-fed bison, that ratio can climb to a very unhealthy 20:1, sometimes even higher. You can often see how the animals are raised by the differences in the color of their fat: high omega-6 content creates the kind of white fat you see in supermarket beef while high beta-carotene levels in pasture-raised bison can give it a slightly yellow color, which, despite what you might hear from the conventional industry, is a sign of super-nutritious meat!  

In Traditional Chinese Medicine: Bison is a neutral food. That means it’s great for any dog, and can balance the effects of hot or cold foods.