CANTON, Kan. (AP) -- It's a good time to be raising buffalo in Kansas.

The Kansas Buffalo Association says prices for buffalo meat are among the highest seen in decades.

At the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' annual sale Wednesday in Canton, prices averaged $2 to $2.25 a pound for bigger animals. The Hutchinson News reports that young calves sold for between $2.50 and $3 pound. In 2005, prices were around $1.20 a pound for calves and $1.10 to $1.20 a pound for 2-year-old.

Dick Gehring, who raises buffalo near Moundridge, says producers are trying to feed a growing demand for buffalo meat. He credits improved marketing, which emphasizes the buffalo meat's high protein content to health-conscious consumers.

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Information from: The Hutchinson News, http://www.hutchnews.com

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