Weekly Update for Bison Producers April 29, 2016
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2016 Census of Agriculture Is On The Horizon
At the beginning of May 2016, Canadian farm operators will have the chance to take part in a national dialogue by completing the Census of Agriculture questionnaire.
The Census of Agriculture is the definitive source of community-level data. By drawing on these data, decision makers will know that they are acting in the interests of farmers, farm communities and agricultural operations across Canada. More Information On The Census, What's New, etc. HERE


The Bison Industry Is On The Move
Article in Grainews, April 26, 2016 Issue featuring Les & Kathy Kroeger
While North American bison populations are nowhere near where they were 200 years ago, conservation measures and private breeding programs have helped to bring numbers back to support a successful, albeit specialized, agriculture sector. An estimated three to four million
bison once roamed freely on the North American continent, providing the aboriginal peoples with many of their basic necessities including food, clothing, shelter and tools.

By the 1880s the bison had been slaughtered to where less than 1,000 animals remained. In 1905, because extinction seemed imminent, the American Bison Society was formed to protect the animals. About 50 years later parks and game preserves began selling surplus bison to private farmers.

“Today there are probably only between 7,000 and 8,000 bison free ranging on public land in North America; 3,000 to 4,000 in Canada,” says Les Kroeger, president of the Saskatchewan Bison Association and owner of Rosedale Bison.

“However, we now have over 200,000 bison on privately owned farms. Altogether in North America, we’re getting close to half a million bison back again. It’s been a very successful conservation effort by many people. Without getting bison back into agriculture, that wouldn’t have happened,”

Kroeger has been raising bison since 1989 and today he and his wife Kathy run a herd of 150 animals on their 650-acre farm near Hanley, Sask. His enthusiasm hasn’t diminished since he and his father purchased their first four cows. Read More HERE (Go to Page 22)

2016 Census of Agriculture
Farmers will receive an invitation letter in the mail next week to complete their Census of Agriculture!

The 2016 Census of Agriculture Benefits Farmers
The Census of Agriculture is now on the horizon. In early May, you will receive a letter with easy to follow instructions on how to complete your questionnaire.

Census of Agriculture data are the definitive source of community-level data. By drawing on these data, decision-makers will be assured that they are acting in the interest of farmers, farm communities and agricultural operations.

Farm organizations are heavy users of census data and draw on this information to formulate policy recommendations, produce communications and outreach work, and conduct market development.

Regional, provincial and federal government policy advisors use Census of Agriculture data to help develop programs related to farm support and to evaluate the impact of natural disasters (such as floods, droughts and storms) on agriculture. This allows for a quick reaction when a natural disaster does occur.

The Census of Agriculture has other benefits:
  • It identifies trends and provides factual information on emerging issues, opportunities and challenges within the agricultural community.
  • Its questions cover a wide range of topics, such as land use, crops, livestock, agricultural labour, machinery and equipment, land management practices, and farm finances.
Support your community and complete your Census of Agriculture questionnaire in May 2016!It can be completed by anyone who is responsible for, or knowledgeable about, the day-to-day management decisions of your farming operation. Read More HERE

Wood Bison Now a 'Threatened' N.W.T. Species
Better drive with extra care when you see a wood bison on the side of a highway in the Northwest Territories: the burly beasts have joined Western toads, boreal caribou and polar bears on the territory's list of species at risk.

An independent committee announced Friday that the remaining 2,500 wood bison in the territory should now be considered a threatened species.

"The numbers are not that high," said Dr. Suzanne Carrière, an alternate chairperson for the N.W.T. Species at Risk Committee, an independent body of experts that reassess the biological statuses of various species.

"We do have wood bison in the thousands, but they do have quite the possibility to disappear in our children's lifetime [and] should be accounted for." Read More HERE

1 Man's Vision To Educate All On Bison, An Icon Of The American West
When Don ‘Doc’ Woerner gets excited about something, his whole body talks. His arms wave, and his head wags, and he uses his hands a lot. But mostly it’s in his eyes, which are bright blue and already pretty twinkly behind his wire-rimmed glasses.

What Woerner is most excited about lately is a bison museum.

Not one that exists now. But the one he is planning to build.

Woerner, who retired a few years ago from his veterinary practice in Laurel, bought a building just south of ZooMontana. Next to that sits an unused pasture that’s fairly good-sized, owned by the zoo. Woerner’s dream is to convert this building and the property next to it into a place where people can come and learn about an animal for which he has immense admiration. Read More HERE

Congress Votes To Designate Bison As National Mammal
WASHINGTON — The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States.

Legislation approved by Congress would elevate the bison to a stature approaching that of the bald eagle, long the national emblem. There has not been an official mammal of the United States.

The Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday, two days after the House approved it. It now goes to the president’s desk.

Lawmakers called the bison — North America’s largest land animal — the embodiment of American strength and resilience and said it reflects the nation’s pioneer spirit.

“The bison has been an important part of our culture for many generations, especially in New Mexico, across the West and in Indian Country,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. “Recognition of our new national mammal will bring a new source of pride for Americans — just like the bald eagle” and bring greater attention to ongoing species recovery efforts, he said.

Supporters said the bison legacy bill would afford overdue recognition to a species that has sweeping cultural and ecological significance. Read More HERE

National Bison Association's Executive Director Dave Carter on Bison as National Mammal of the USA
Video HERE

Bison In New Home Near Hugh Butler Lake
McCOOK, Neb. -- The newest "permanent residents" near Hugh Butler Lake north of McCook were released this morning from their corral of the last six weeks into a pasture north and east of the lake roads.

When the corral gate swung open shortly after 8 a.m. today, seven American bison sniffed the ground for just a second or two and then bolted for the hills, kicking up their heels and snorting through the prairie grass and plum thickets.

Darrell Meister of Honolulu, Hawaii, formerly of McCook, and his local partner, Randy Woitaszewski of McCook purchased the one heifer and five cows, each between 6 and 7 years old, from Jerry Kautz of rural Culbertson, and the young bull from Sandhill Crane Trust.

Meister said that this herd will be "the permanent residents" in the pastures sectioned off near the lake. Read More HERE

First Bison Born This Year at Fermilab
The bison herd at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory just got a little bigger. On Tuesday, the first bison calf of 2016 was born at the particle physics laboratory located in suburban Batavia, roughly 35 miles from Chicago.

The baby bison brings Fermilab’s current herd to 18. The laboratory said up to 14 additional bison calves could be on their way, as the herd is composed of 15 female and two male bison. Fermilab’s roads and grounds crew, which looks after the bison, has yet to determine the calf’s gender.

A national laboratory dedicated to high-energy particle physics may not seem a likely setting for a wild bison population, but Fermilab’s first director, Robert Wilson, had a metaphorical mission in mind when he established the first herd of five bison in 1969. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • The Sturgeon River bison herd is the only remaining wild Plains bison herd in Canada still free ranging in their historic range. More HERE
  • Bison Fajitas Recipe HERE
  • Spicy Saucy Bison Meatballs Recipe HERE
  • 5 baby bison born at Illinois grassland preserve. More HERE
  • A car struck and killed a bison near West Yellowstone. More HERE
  • Food ‘Knowledge Gap’ Creates Danger For Farmers. 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
April 29, 2016

Finished Bison Prices Continue To Hold

With the Canadian dollar fluctuations, please confirm prices offered by buyers as they may change daily.

Canadian buyers have been offering up to $6.00/lb HHW for Grade “A” bison bulls with prices being driven by $US prices and exchange rates. Carcasses that do not fall within buyers’ specifications are discounted. U.S. buyers are offering up to $4.45 per pound US for Grade “A” bison bulls. 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/lb HHW to Canadian buyers. US buyers offering $4.35/lb HHW in US dollars.

Live Bison Prices

Live bison prices continue to be strong. For further detail go to the past auction section on the Kramer Auction website at and to the bison market section of Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Company website at

**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

Kramer Auctions Ltd.
Back to the Grass
Bison Auction
When: May 11, 2016
Where: North Battleford

Details: HERE

Summer Field Event
When: June 3-4 2016
Where: Chase, BC
Poster: HERE

2016 NBA Summer Conference
When: June 20-22 2016
Where: Elk River, MN
Info: HERE

3rd Annual Bison Festival
When: August 13, 2016
Where: Elk Island National
             Park AB

Info: HERE

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

Info: HERE

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

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

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

2016 CBA Memberships 

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Past Auctions/Sales

April 16, 2016
Bison Auction by Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report Unavailable at this time.

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

May 13, 2015 Kramer's Back to the Grass Auction Results HERE

April 4, 2015 MBA Great Spirit Show and Sale by Heartland Livestock Services in Brandon MB Market Summary Report  HERE

March 11, 2015 Kramer's Cloverleaf Bison Auction Results HERE

February 27, 2015 SBA First Annual Canadian Bison Bull Draft Sale held at Kramer Auction Sales Ltd. Market Report HERE

February 21, 2015 1st Annual Tiger Lily Bison Auction held at Heartland Livestock Services (P.A. SK) Market Summary Report HERE

February 13, 2015 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

February 11, 2015 Kramer's Sweetheart Bison Auction Results HERE

January 28, 2015 New Year's Kramer Bison Auction Results  HERE

January 24, 2015 NBA Gold Trophy Show and Sale Results HERE

December 19th, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

December 12th, 2014 GMG Genetics Sale Results HERE

December 3rd, 2014 Season Opener Kramer Bison Auction Results  HERE

November 21, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

October 17, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

September 19, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

May 14th, 2014 Back to the Grass  Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

April 14, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

April 5th 2014 Great Spirit Show & Sale Results HERE

March 15, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report 

March 15th, 2014 Wildrose Bison Show & Sale Champions & Reserve Champions Results HERE

March 12th, 2014 Cloverleaf Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

February 24th, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report  HERE

February 12th, 2014 Sweetheart Kramer Bison Auction Results  HERE

February 12th, 2014 Living Legends Conservations Genetics Sale Results HERE

 January 29th, 2014 New Year Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

Bison Auction Summary Results for the 34th Gold Trophy Show & Sale that took place on January 25, 2014 in Denver CO USA HERE

January 20th, 2014 Bison Auction by  Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

For  2013 Auction Results/Summaries please go HERE
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Auction Arena


Back to the Grass Bison Sale

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Location:  Kramer's Big Bid Barn
               North Battleford, SK
Three miles East of North Battleford on Hwy#16

Kramer Auctions Ltd. - Brendan Kramer 306-445-500
Visit Webpage: HERE

+/- 400 head already consigned
Last Chance to sell/buy at auction until Fall!
We welcome USA buyers.
We are very experienced with Export Processing/Shipping details and have a Veterinarian available to process necessary documentation for export.


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