By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — The buffalo herd at Bolduc Farm now has 20 of the magnificent creatures roaming its fields on Morrill Street, Armand Bolduc, including seven young calves who were born last year.
"We've had a herd for 28 years now," he said.
The first to arrive came after wildfires in the summer of 1988 displaced many of the buffalo from Yellowstone National Park.
The buffalo were brought to the farm by his late brother Hector, who was the priest at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, across the street from the farm. Hector had purchased the former dairy farm from his parents in the early 1970s.
Bolduc recalls the day he first buffalo arrived.
"One day we were told to expect a delivery. Well, about 9 o'clock at night, an Indian turns up with a cattle trailer saying he was making a delivery. When I asked him what he had in there, he said 'I'm not supposed to tell you what's in there.' So I went to have a look," Bolduc continued, "and he shouts 'Don't open that door!' It was a pair of buffalo. That was a surprise."
Bolduc has had a few adventures with the herd over the years.
"They got loose in snow storm and were walking down Morrill Street, over the bypass to Gilford Village," he said. "I got a bucket of grain and when they saw that they turned around and started galloping after me. You just have to stay far enough ahead of them."
Another time, Big Jack, the breeding bull, wound up on a neighbor's deck.
Bolduc said buffalo meat is very healthy and provides low-fat, low-cholesterol steaks, roasts, stew meat and hamburger. Last year, two of the herd members were harvested. The young bulls are usually the first to be harvested.
During the summer months, the buffalo move from one pasture to another but require lots of hay and grain during the winter months.
"I feed them about 3 every afternoon, and when they see me open the barn door they know they're going to get some hay so they all start trotting over to the feed area," said Bolduc.
The Bolduc Farm in Gilford has been home to a herd of buffalo for 28 years and currently has 20 buffalo in its fields. They are fed hay daily by Armand Bolduc. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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