Beefalo are the offspring of domestic cattle and American bison. Although, accidental crosses between buffalo and domestic cattle were noticed in North America as far back as the 18th century, it wasn’t until the 1800s that deliberate attempts were made to breed the two.
The hope was that the offspring would be hardier and better able to survive harsh winters. An unexpected side benefit is that beefalo meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef.
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