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M

ike Fogel took a unique path to his place in the meat industry.
Buffalo Gal, www.buffalogal.com, operates from the grounds of
the Money Creek Ranch in Houston, Minn. Mainly a marketer of
buffalo (bison), wild boar, Meishan, Scottish Highlander beef and other
niche meats, Buffalo Gal owner, Fogel, navigated a few twists and turns in
his business strategy to evolve into a thriving online meat retailer.
"I started in bison almost 50 years ago, and I raised them in Wisconsin,"
Fogel said. "Then, I went to Montana and I leased 60,000 acres out there
and had 650 head of buffalo. I wanted to get real big. I found out that being
real big isn't always necessarily the way to go."

THE LAYOUT
The Money Creek Ranch covers a little more than 100 acres and is home to
about 60 head of buffalo and a varying number of Russian wild boar, also
called Eurasian wild boar. Spring water on the property means watering
the herd in the winter is not necessary. Fogel also leases a 5,000-acre
pasture in South Dakota where he raises another 150 head. His Scottish
Highlanders reside on a leased farm in Wisconsin where they are bred and
raised for meat.
Fogel has intentionally made the numbers smaller over the years to
get away from the business of raising and producing and focus on the
marketing side of the business.
"We're heading that way with all our animals," he said. "We want to be
able to buy them from people who raise them like we do."
Fogel said the company buys more than 50% of the animals it
slaughters and sells rather than raising them, which is a change. Because
of specialization, the cost of land and the available land being bought by
large corporate farming, it didn't make financial sense to breed, raise,
finish, slaughter, market and sell animals all within the same company.
Fogel will still sell animals when the opportunity arises, and Buffalo
Gal always offers to buy animals back from a producer it sells to once
they're ready.
"What we're kind of counting on now is other people that have small
acreages that are interested in raising the buffalo," Fogel said. "This week
we shipped some buffalo to North Carolina and they're going to raise them
down there."

About 60 head of
buffalo roam The
Money Creek Ranch
in Houston, Minn.

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