FAQs

Where can I buy Sunset Ridge Buffalo meat locally?
If you are in the North Carolina area, here are five options:
Carrboro Farmers’ Market
7am to noon, Saturdays from April – October
9am to noon, Saturdays from November – March
3pm – 6pm, Wednesdays from mid-April – Thanksgiving

Durham Farmers’ Market
8am – noon, Saturdays from April – November
10am to noon, Saturdays from December – March

Hurdle Mills Market and Butcher Shop
Open 7 days, check website for details.

Harmony Farms, Raleigh
Open 7 days, check website for details

Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm
Purchase directly from our Farm Store, by appointment only. Call (336) 599-1297 or (336) 583-6666, or e-mail us.
You can also place an online order
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How many bison are there in North America?
There are approximately 400,000-head in North America with less than 1,000 of that total being in North Carolina.

How long does it take a bison calf to become an adult?
Bison calves are normally weaned when they are around six months old. Females generally weigh around 300 lbs. and males weigh around 350 lbs at the time they are weaned. Prime grass-fed slaughter animals weigh 900-1100 lbs and are approximately 30 months old.

Can you keep buffalo as pets?
Most people who try to treat buffalo as pets end up getting hurt. – it’s too dangerous as you never know when they might get spooked or become aggressive.

What is the difference between buffalo and bison?
Bison is the technical name and the term used by the USDA on the meat label.  Buffalo is the term used by Lewis and Clark and most historical references.

What do you feed your bison?
Forages we raise – grass, hay and haylage.

How often are tours conducted at your farm?
Groups of 12 or more can schedule a tour of the farm and it lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes.  You will be taken into a pasture with an up close view of the buffalo.  Twice a year we participate in farm tours sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (spring) and Person County (fall).  These tours are usually 30 minutes in length and go as close to the buffalo as we can get without going into the pasture.
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How far in advance do you book weddings and events at your gazebo?
Most weddings are booked at least 6 months to a year in advance.  Most other events are scheduled at least 30 days in advance based on availability.
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Do local restaurants use your bison meat?
Due to our limited supply of bison meat, there are a few local restaurants that occasionally use our meat for specials:  Only Burger routinely serves bison sliders and Little Dipper routinely serves bison meatballs.

Do you ship bison meat?  If so, how much does it cost to ship?
Yes.  Shipping costs include a special box and liner, which will add $15 to the shipping price.  UPS and Fed Ex charges are usually an additional $25 or more.  Meat shipped within NC, to SC or Virginia ships next day ground and usually arrives by end of the next business day.  Credit card charges include a 2.75% fee.  Therefore, orders of 15 or more pounds of bison are more cost effective than smaller shipments.
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