The South Texas Antelope (Nilgai)
Our best selling game meat is South Texas Antelope. These animals are officially named the "nilgai" antelope and originate in India and Nepal. "Nilgai" means "blue bull" in certain East Indian dialects. They were originally introduced to the King Ranch in the 1930's by a family member who decided that South Texas was a tough environment for cattle that had evolved in a cooler climate. His search for an animal that could thrive in the South Texas climate and produce a high quality, lean meat led him to the nilgai antelope.
The meat has a mild flavor with a good texture, much like veal. It is extremely low in fat, averaging well under 1% for most cuts.
These are large animals, weighing an average of 280 pounds on the hoof. This larger size reduces our harvesting and processing cost when calculated on a per pound basis and allows us to offer this meat at very attractive prices.