Weekly Update for Bison Producers September 23, 2016
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Date: September 30, 2016
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Grass Versus Grain Finishing Debated For Bison
CHASE, B.C. — Feeding bison can be a complicated business, a recent bison field tour near Chase, B.C., was told.

John Church, B.C. Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability at Thompson Rivers University, said it can be challenging to deliver a consistent market weight animal with the nutritional attributes that consumers want.

“In my mind, the best bison meat you can get is a partially grain finished heifer coming up to 30 months,” Church said during the field day, which was part of the Canadian Bison Association’s annual general meeting. Read More HERE

What’s Behind The Increase In Bison Prices?
The Canadian bison industry has performed extremely well with bison prices continuing to reach new highs.  Canadian bison prices have remained robust over the last eight years. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Market reports prepared for the Canadian Bison Association indicate prices for bison bulls have increased 162% since 2008 to its current price of around $6.00 per pound.

Two main factors are keeping prices strong: Read More HERE

European Bison 'Sauron' Poisoned, Decapitated At Reserve In Spain
An investigation has been launched after the macabre discovery of two decapitated European bison on a nature reserve in Spain.

The headless body the bison herd’s dominant male, named Sauron,was discovered on the Valdeserrillas reserve in the eastern Valencia region last Friday.

On Thursday, less than a week later, a second decapitated bison was found on the private reserve close to where Sauron’s body was located.

Seprona, the environmental crime unit of Spain’s Civil Guard, say the animals were “crudely” decapitated after their deaths. Authorities believe the beasts’  food or water were deliberately poisoned.  Read More HERE

Sunshine, Bison Bring Visitors To Autumn On Prairie
Close to 1,000 visitors came to the Nachusa Grasslands’ Autumn on the Prairie Sept. 17 with most of them hoping to get a closer look at the preserve’s bison herd.

Some of them did and some did not, but such is the case when it comes to seeing an undomesticated herd that has 1,500 acres to choose from.

“This is a wild herd, we may not be able to see them on demand,” Grasslands’ volunteer Mike Carr told a wagon full of visitors as they used binoculars to search bison in the distance.

And there they were…walking very slowly with the just the tops of their large brown bodies framed against a hill of flowing prairie grass. Read More HERE

The Meaning Behind the Sacred White American Bison
When a white American bison is born it’s a rare event indeed. Some scientists estimate it at a one in 10 million occurrence. For the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Sioux, the birth of a white bison isn't just a random occurrence—

At the heart of the reverence of the white American bison—or American buffalo; the terms bison and buffalo have become interchangeable in reference to the animal—is the story of White Buffalo Calf Woman. There seems to be no definitive version of the story, but each one describes a beautiful maiden dressed all in white who brought seven sacred rituals to the Sioux people 19 generations ago—the equivalent of 1,330 years. Among them: the canunpa wakan (the Sacred Pipe), which still exists and is in the possession of Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; the Sun Dance, an important ceremonial event; the inipi (sweat lodge); and the hanblecia (the vision quest). Read More HERE

Bison Recovery Used As Example Of Cross-Border Conservation
EAST GLACIER - While the unique collaboration of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National parks are a symbol of international conservation, attendees at a conference this week are being told there's still work to do -- and free roaming bison could be the signpost for the next phase of cooperation.

"It's working across these boundaries with something that nobody has worked with before which is reintroducing a species to a large landscape," said Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. Read More HERE

Reporting From Yellowstone, Where The Buffalo Roam (Wherever They Darn Well Please)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone put out the welcome mat for me, in its own peculiar way. The welcoming committee: a lovelorn elk and a buffalo with attitude. Only here they call them bison, the more scientific name. Read More HERE

Open Farm Day Showcases Agriculture
Manitoba’s agriculture industry put its best foot forward
Bison producer Ken Overby (l) and Ralph Eichler, 
provincial agriculture minister, talk a bit about bison production Sept. 18 as part of Open Farm Day. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • Where the buffalo roam ... viewing can be a dangerous obsession. More HERE
  • New Minnesota Zoo leader checks out Minneopa bison. More HERE

CBA News and Events...

The Winners Have Been Announced…

The winners of the 2015 CBA Annual Photo Contest have been chosen. Thank you to all the producers who submitted photos. You make our job hard each year trying to pick just 3 winners in each category. To see the winning photos go HERE

Travelling? Looking for a Place to Stay?
The CBA has teamed with Choice Hotels to provide members with another benefit -- save up to 10%.  Please go HERE for all the details. As well, there is a bonus offer until December 31, 2016.

1st International Symposium on Bison Health Presentations
Dr. Woodbury, one of the organizers has made it possible for us to post most of the conference presentations on the CBA Website. Go HERE

Branding No Longer Required for Shipping Bison Between Canada And The US

Effective April 8, 2015, Canadian bison exported to the USA for breeding or feeding do not have to be permanently identified with a permanent "CAN" mark as long as they are identified with a secondary dangle tag.

The dangle tag must bear the same official ID number as on the approved RFID tag. Like the RFID tags, the dangle tags can only be purchased from the Canadian Bison Association. A transitional period will take place until May 8, 2015 to accommodate health certificates that were issued prior to the effective date of this requirement.

During the transitional period, only the approved RFID tag is required for bison. Read More 

Read Press Release sent out by CBA and NBA HERE

Advance Payments Program improved under the Agricultural Growth Act

Effective April 1, 2016 the Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance Program has been expanded to offer advances on a select number of crops in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which allows producers to obtain cash advances for more than one commodity. This improves service to producers.
More details can be obtained on the following links including other including other organizations that may have expanded the commodities for which they offer Cash Advances. 

Advance Payment Program Now Available To Producers Who Market Their Products To The Retail Market
The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a federal loan guarantee program that helps livestock producers meet their financial obligations and benefit from the best market conditions by improving their cash flow throughout the production period. The Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance issues producers a cash advance on the anticipated value of their livestock that is being produced. Producers can receive a cash advance on up to 50% of the expected average market price of the livestock.
The Canadian Bison Association worked with producers and the Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance managers to make the Cash Advance Program available to producers who market their bison to the retail market from their farm. Producers who have their animals slaughtered will have 30 calendar days from the date on the slaughterhouse receipt to repay their advance. The number of bison slaughtered must be included on the slaughterhouse receipt.  For additional information and application forms go to or call 1-866-869-4008 
Le Programme de paiement anticipé est maintenant offert aux producteurs qui commercialisent leurs produits sur le marché de détail 
Le Programme de paiement anticipé (PPA) est un programme fédéral de garantie d’emprunt qui aide les producteurs de bétail à respecter leurs obligations financières et à bénéficier des meilleures conditions du marché en améliorant leurs liquidités tout au long de la période de production. Le programme Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance fournit une avance en espèces sur la valeur prévue du bétail qu’ils produisent. Les producteurs peuvent recevoir une avance en espèces pouvant atteindre 50 % du prix moyen prévu du marché du bétail.
L’Association canadienne du bison collabore avec les producteurs et les gestionnaires du Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance afin de mettre le PPA à la disposition des producteurs qui commercialisent leur bison sur le marché de détail à partir de leur ferme. Les producteurs dont les animaux sont abattus disposent d’un délai de 30 jours civils pour rembourser leur avance, et ce, à compter de la date indiquée sur le récépissé délivré par l’abattoir. Le nombre de bisons abattus doit figurer sur le récépissé remis par l’abattoir. Pour de plus amples renseignements et pour obtenir les formulaires de demande, visitez ou téléphonez au 1-866-869-4008.

Through the Lens of the Producer
Over the past years the CBA has asked its members to send in pictures of their bison in the four seasons. HERE then are the Seasons of the Bison-through the lens of the Producer.

Malignant Catarrhal Fever
The SBA along with the sheep industry have created a video that will support education and awareness of Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF). To View the Video Go HERE

Do You Want Big Travel Insurance Savings
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Mycoplasma in Farmed Bison Survey 2014 - 2015
The Mycoplasma in Farmed Bison Survey intends to supply the bison industry with much needed knowledge, so that evidence-based decisions can be made to protect herds and control the spread of this emerging disease.

The Survey is a collaborative effort of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Alberta Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Canadian Bison Association, veterinarians, and bison producers. It will be launched in May 2014 and is designed to provide valuable information.

For more information go HERE (scroll down to News & Events)

Weekly Price Summary
September 23, 2016

Finished Bison Prices Firm

 With the Canadian dollar fluctuations, please confirm prices offered by buyers as they may change daily.
Canadian buyers continue to offer $6.00/lb. HHW for Grade “A” bison bulls with reports of higher prices for finished bulls meeting specific parameters. Prices are being driven by strong U.S. demand and exchange rates favouring the U.S. Carcasses that do not fall within buyers’ specifications are discounted. U.S. buyers are offering up to $4.50/lb. US for Grade “A” bison bulls with some prices higher. Returns to the producers are dependent on exchange rates, quality, export costs, and freight adjustments.

Grade “A” bison heifers in the desirable weight range are selling for up to $5.75 - $6.00/lb. HHW to Canadian buyers. U.S. buyers are offering $4.30/lb. HHW in U.S. dollars.


**Producers should research what parameters the prices are based on. Parameters such as Canadian or US delivery, weight ranges, age etc. This will assist them in comparing prices on an even basis.**

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Upcoming Events

American Bison Society Meeting & Workshop
When: September 26-29
Where: Banff Centre
             Banff National
             Park, AB

Info: HERE

BPA Peace County Regional Meeting
When: October 22
Where: Grande Prairie AB
Info: To Follow

Deadline for Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship
October 28, 2016
2016 CCIA Traceability Symposium
When: November 2-3
Where: Calgary AB
Info: HERE

Vold Jones & Vold Bison Auction
When: November 19, 2016
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: Contact Office or Mike Dejonge for more info/CL: 403-783-0758

2016 CBA 33rd Annual Convention
When: November 20-22
Where: Regina SK
Info: TBA

2016 24th Annual Canadian National Show & Sale
When: November 20-22
Where: Regina SK
Info: TBA

Season Opener Bison Auction
When: December 7, 2016
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE

New Year's Bison Auction
When: January 17, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Vold Jones & Vold Bison Auction
When: January 21, 2017
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: Contact Office or Mike Dejonge for more info/CL: 403-783-0758

MGM Grand Genetics Bison Auction & Regular Production Auction
When: February 1, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Sweetheart Bison Auction
When: February 15, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
SBA Canadian Bison Bull Draft Auction 
When: March 3, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Cloverleaf Bison Auction
When: March 8, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Vold Jones & Vold Bison Auction
When: March 18, 2017
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: Contact Office or Mike Dejonge for more info/CL: 403-783-0758
Back to the Grass Bison Auction
When: May 10, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE

2017 International Bison Conference (IBC)
When: July 4 -7, 2017
Where: Big Sky, MT
Details: TBD

2016 CBA Memberships 

You can access the CBA membership form HERE
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Past Auctions/Sales

May 11, 2016
Back to the Grass Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

April 16, 2016
Bison Auction by Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

April 2, 2016
MBA Great Spirit Show & Sale Results HERE

March 19, 2016
BPA Wildrose Show & Sale Results HERE

March 9, 2016
Cloverleaf Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

March 4, 2016
2nd Annual SBA Canadian Bison Bull Draft Sale Results HERE

February 9, 2016
Sweetheart Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

January 27, 2016  New Year's Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

January 23, 2016, 2016 Gold Trophy Show & Sale Results HERE

January 16, 2016 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

December 11, 2015 GMG Grand Genetics Sale Results HERE

December 2, 2015 Season Opener Kramer Bison Auction Results  HERE

November 24, 2015 23rd Annual Canadian National Show & Sale Market Summary Report HERE

November 21, 2015 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

For Previous Auction Results/Summaries please go HERE
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Bison Producers' Handbook
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Are You & Your Family Ready for an Emergency?
For information on preparing for an emergency & what to do in specific situations go to Get Prepared website: English | Français

Sales Arena

Bison for Sale
We have raised bison for twenty-six years and now plan to sell some.

Our farm is in Québec Canada near Québec City at St-Lazare de Bellechasse, G0R 3J0

Please contact us by email as I am better able to read English than speak it.

Have a good day!
Contact: Raymonde Garant

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