CLARE, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan farmers are getting in on a growing trend: raising bison.

The Bay City Times reports Thursday consumer demand is rising for meat from the bison, also known as buffalo. And Michigan bison farmers say they are selling more of the meat they describe as leaner, sweeter and richer than beef.

Krista Pohl of Pohl's Bison in Clare attributes monthly sales increases to "word of mouth" marketing and a push to eat healthier and buy locally. Jim Zyrowski, owner of Elk Creek Farms in Sanilac County's Brown City, says people have called from all over the country wanting to buy animals.

Bison are raised in every state, with about 4,500 private ranches and farms nationwide. Michigan had about 150 bison farms in 2007, the last year figures were available.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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