Golden Prairie Bison
Carl and Vicki Simmons
Located in: Valentine
Market(s) served: Nebraska Gift Box Project
All Natural, Free-Range, Heirloom Breeds, Pasture Raised
Located just outside of Valentine, Nebraska, Golden Prairie Bison is run by Carl and Vicki Simmons, with help from their four kids. Our family has lived and worked on this land since Carl’s grandmother homesteaded in the area in 1914.
We introduced bison to our ranch in the mid-1990s because Carl wanted to try his hand at something new. Since then, we’ve been in awe of these majestic animals and how efficiently and sustainably they live on the land. We love working on the Great Plains and hope we can share a little bit of this unique and incredibly important place with you.
Our mission at Golden Prairie Bison is to steward the land and conserve it for the benefit of generations to come. We hope to share a small piece of that journey with you.
Why Grasslands Matter
At Golden Prairie Bison, soil health and grassland conservation are important to us. Not just because we need healthy soil to raise our herd on, but also because grasslands are valuable for everyone and are at risk of disappearing. We hope to share information with you.
Raising bison is a productive use of grasslands that keeps the prairie intact. In fact, In this way, bison contribute to grassland conservation, but conservation of bison is important in its own right. Bison are native to the Great Plains, but US western expansion nearly eradicated the species in the 1800s. Bison have come back from the brink of extinction due to conservation efforts, but their long-term security is tied to the survival of grasslands.