Weekly Update for Bison Producers October 14, 2016
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Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship

Two $500 Scholarships To Be
Awarded in 2016
Liliane Kot devoted her life to her family, her faith and her great passion for the bison industry. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. In memory of her wonderful life, husband Bernie Kot and her children and grandchildren have developed the Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship in remembrance of their beloved Liliane.
Each year a scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a selected individual. In addition, each year a perpetual award is presented to the recipient who is able to keep the award for a year. An engraved gift is also given to the recipient.
Note: For 2016 only there will be two scholarships awarded as a result of an anonymous donation in honour of Liliane Kot and in recognition of the significance of the scholarship provided by the Kot family.
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Applicants or their families must be active members of the Canadian Bison Association and their respective Regional Association
  • Applicants must be actively involved in some sector of the bison industry
  • Applicants must be attending or be accepted into post-secondary education or training. This may include but is not limited to college, university, or a trades program. Applicants must provide supporting documentation. 
Once an applicant has determined that they meet the scholarship criteria they should download the application or contact the CBA office and they can email the application to you.  Forward completed applications to the Canadian Bison Association office by October 28, 2016.  The recipient of the scholarship will be chosen by a selection committee.
Areas Given The Highest Priority in The Selection Process:
  • Involvement in the Canadian Bison Association/Bison Industry
  • Attendance and/or involvement in a church or church ministry
  • Involvement and commitment to community & volunteering
  • Involvement and dedication to school
  • Involvement in sports
  • Employment experience
  • Career goals 
The 2015 recipient of the Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship was Jessica Boos.
2016 Scholarship Application HERE
2016 Canadian
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CAFA’s Farm Succession Update series for farm advisors and farm families starting or going through the process. A one-day event with high-quality information and insights on farm transition from some of Canada’s top farm advisors.

In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on November 3, 2016 join CAFA for our Farm Succession Update. Details:

In Niverville, Manitoba on November 10, 2016 join CAFA for our farm Succession Update. Details:

In Red Deer, Alberta on February 9, 2017 join CAFA for our Farm Succession Update. Details to Follow at

Peace Country Regional Meeting

One Week Away!

Circle October 22nd, Saturday, on your calendar and plan to attend. Informative Presentations - Lunch - and a Draw for a Free Wildrose 2017 Registration for anyone who has not attended the Wildrose Convention before.

To be held at the Pomeroy Hotel (formerly the Grande Prairie Inn) 11633-100th Street, Grande Prairie AB.

A block of rooms has been booked under 'Bison Producers of Alberta' - Call 780.532.5221 to reserve your room now and receive the special rate of $129 for single Queen or double Queen, $130 for King.


$1.1-million For Drone-Ranching Research Project
Thompson Rivers University has partnered with Calgary’s Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Golden’s Kingsclere Ranch on a $1.1-million research project involving the use of drones in the ranching industry.

TRU’s John Church, the B.C. Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability, is the lead researcher in the project. He has used drones in wildlife conservation and management, referring to them as “flying border collies.”

The three-year grant from the national Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s College-University Idea to Innovation program includes the actual grant of $663,940, along with other cash and in-kind contribution from partners that brings the package to almost $1.1 million.

“B.C. ranchers collectively manage vast tracts of both private and public land, so having access to tools that enhance our ability to manage this land is what really attracted me to the project,” he said.

On Tuesday at TRU, Church showed the group — which included a classroom’s worth of students — video he took at his family’s ranch using a drone to watch someone on a quad vehicle trying to get a herd of bison to move where he wanted them to go. Read More HERE

Bison Tartare Featured on CTV Regina MorningLive Show
Video Featuring Chef Garrett Thienes from the Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market in Shaunavon SK making Bison Tartare.  Chef Thienes will be competing in Gold Medal Plates in Regina on October 28th. Video HERE

A Big Buffalo Thank You!
Dear American Bison Society Members,

Two weeks ago, we convened at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for three days of presentations, discussions, 
learning and collaboration. Since that time we have been thinking about everything we learned, making plans for upcoming year.

There are some clear highlights from September’s ABS Meeting: that amazing sunrise over Mount Rundle that greeted us during our first breakfast; the 200 of us in the auditorium during the ten sessions on the social and cultural dimension of the bison with a total of 33 presentations and three panel discussions; the launch of the ABS 10-year report card; and the incredible Buffalo Treaty meeting where Tribal and First Nations Chiefs and Councillors passed five resolutions about bison conservation and restoration and celebration for new signatories on Thursday afternoon. Read More HERE
High-quality Forages Tougher To Find This Year
CNS Canada — There seems to be no shortage of forages in Western Canada this year, as wet weather has allowed grasses to keep progressing at a steady rate.

Finding high-quality hay could be the challenge, however, according to crop watchers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

 “It’s been tough for guys to put four to five days together to get hay up. So a lot of hay was silage or guys just let the grass grow until it got really mature,” said John McGregor of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. Read More HERE

Home on the Range
The Bison Range celebrated another successful round up this year with about 400 animals getting their annual check up.

The National Bison Range can only support so many animals, so when the numbers go over what the habitat can support, the surplus animals are sold or donated with first consideration going to supplement public herds, often on National Wildlife Refuges. Private individuals are also allowed to bid on the animals in a silent auction. Folks participating in the auction are allowed to know the age and gender of each animal before submitting a sealed bid.

This year, 25 bison were donated to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. Thirty-five bison were sold during the private auction. “That is about average,” volunteer Pat Jamieson said of the numbers. She worked at the range for 20 years before retiring and comes back every year to help during the round up. She said the range has been doing a round up for at least 50 years. Read More HERE

Bison: The American Prairie’s First Farmers
"Mother earth never attempts to farm without livestock," said the British agriculturalist Sir Albert Howard, often considered the father of the modern organic farming movement. For millennia, bison were effectively the farmers of North America’s vast interior grasslands, maintaining a delicate ecological balance that supported a rich diversity of plant and animal species.

Most importantly, bison made sure the prairie stayed a prairie, rather than reverting to forest, which offers little to eat for such large herbivores. Grazing—along with fires (both naturally occurring and intentionally set by native peoples)—are the two forces of nature that conspire to manage grasslands the world over.

While cattle and other domesticated livestock are often used to manage grasslands in other parts of the world, bison appear to be the species best suited to controlling the North American prairie that they’ve coevolved with. In fact, a 1976 experiment in South Dakota demonstrated that bison are the prairie’s go-to: Cattle were grazed on one side of a fence and bison on the other side. Read More HERE
Yellowstone Purebred Bison Genetics Transferred To Minnesota Zoo
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- Jennifer Barfield has salvaged life from the slaughterhouse floor.

That’s where the Colorado State University professor has collected ovaries from some of Yellowstone National Park’s bison after they met their controversial demise.
“It’s definitely not a fun part of the process,” said the professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. “None of us enjoy that.”

But by retrieving some of the bison’s ovaries and the eggs they contain, Barfield and CSU have managed to preserve and spread the coveted genetics of the species to conservation herds around the United States. Read More HERE

2017 National Bison Association Winter Conference

Save the Date: January 18 - 21, 2017
Join  us in celebrating another great year in the bison business!

This year's speakers include three researchers from Turner Enterprises, Inc. who will share some of their findings on bison production in regards GMO feed, animal 
stress and soils.

We'll also feature speakers who will address water and property rights and a marketer's panel that will feature panelists from both the US and Canada, large and small marketers, and more. We'll also have our annual Buffalo Mentor session that is definitely not just for beginners, which will feature an array of specialists that will cover everything from herd health to handling facilities. We also offer ample time to network with all sorts of producers in a fun atmosphere that ranges from our opening reception to our buffalo-themed meals to our hospitality room.

Don't miss out on this unbeatable opportunity! Join us for the 2017 NBA Winter Conference and the Gold Trophy Show and Sale! 

Conference Tentative Agenda HERE
Conference Registration HERE

Did You Know
  • Revealed: 50 'striking' animal images (including bison) are found engraved in a Spanish cave after being hidden for 14,000 years. More HERE
  • Antelope Island bison roundup set for Oct. 22. More HERE
  • NBA receives $200,000 Farmers Market grant. More HERE
  • Discovery of bison bones near Calgary offers glimpse into how people lived centuries ago. 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
The CBA has partnered with ATI Insurance Inc. to provide members with another benefit -- Comprehensive Travel Insurance at a discounted price.  Please go HERE and make this insurance program part of your annual travel plans. Service is offered in English and French.
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
October 14, 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. - $6.25/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 $4.40/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

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

Deadline for Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship
October 28, 2016
Application Form HERE
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: HERE

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

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 18, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE

2017 NBA Winter Convention and Gold Trophy Show & Sale
When: January 18-21, 2017
Where: Denver CO
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: HERE

2016 CBA Memberships 

You can access the CBA membership form HERE
The CBA has partnered with ATI Insurance Inc. to provide members with another benefit -- Comprehensive Travel Insurance at a discounted price.

Please go HERE and make this insurance program part of your annual travel plans.

Service is offered in English and French.
Need 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.
Buffalo Girl Cooks Bison
More than 100 delicious recipes that use North America''s original red meat, from bison rancher and award-winning food writer Jennifer Bain.
Order From The CBA
CBA has Logo Giftware
To View the Items click HERE
To download order form, click Here
Click  Here to go to the Canadian Bison Identification & Traceability Page.  (Recently Updated)
Download Tag Order Form: 
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Marketing Materials 
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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
Wes Olson Books
can be ordered through the CBA
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Bison Producers' Handbook
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Order Form HERE

Are You & Your Family Ready for an Emergency?
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