Weekly Update for Bison Producers October 28, 2016
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Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship
Deadline is Today!!
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 Friday, 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
Bison Junior Judging Program

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2016 CBJJP Registration Form HERE

Entry Deadline is next Friday,
November 4, 2016!
2016 CBA Photo Contest
 Once again, we’re looking for photos featuring your animals throughout the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).

The Deadline to Submit Pictures is Friday, January 16, 2017.


Belgium Breaks Deadlock Over CETA
BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Belgium agreed to a deal with its regional parliaments on Thursday to approve a landmark EU-Canada free trade agreement, breaking a deadlock that has blocked the pact for weeks.

Prime Minister Charles Michel said the heads of the regions had drawn up an addendum to the agreement that answered their concerns over the rights of farmers and governments – an addendum that still needs the approval of Canada and other EU states.

Canada called the announcement a “positive development,” a cautious welcome echoed by European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs EU leaders’ summits. Read More HERE
Plains Bison Reintroduction In Banff National Park
Parks Canada proposes to reintroduce a small herd of plains bison into Banff’s eastern slopes, a remote wilderness area that provides the wide, grassy valleys that bison need to thrive. Bison reintroduction would return a native species to Banff National Park and create new opportunities to reconnect Canadians and visitors with this iconic animal.
The five-year reintroduction project is a small-scale and reversible initiative to inform future decisions regarding bison restoration in Banff National Park over the long-term.
As part of project planning, you are invited to provide your comments on the Detailed Environmental Impact Analysis (DEIA) for the proposal from October 27 – November 30, 2016. This process ensures that we have a clear understanding of the project’s potential impacts and are adequately prepared to address any risks or adverse effects. How to get involved: More HERE

30 Ranches Quarantined After Bovine Tuberculosis Found In Southeast Alberta
Thirty ranches in southeast Alberta are under quarantine after a case of bovine tuberculosis was detected in a cow headed to slaughter in the United States, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Thirty ranches in southeast Alberta are under quarantine after a case of bovine tuberculosis was detected in a cow headed to slaughter in the United States, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The cow was from a ranch near Jenner, Alta., about 100 kilometres north of Medicine Hat. 

A CFIA investigation with veterinarians and investigators is underway, and the quarantined ranches are all located in the Buffalo Atlee and Suffield Block community pastures.
The disease is contagious and is caused by the mycobacterium bovis bacteria, which animals contract by inhalation or ingesting the organism. It usually affects cattle, bison, elk, deer, goats and sheep, but may affect all mammals —including humans. Read More HERE

Hundreds Gather For Annual Bison Roundup — The 'Super Bowl' For Parks Workers
ANTELOPE ISLAND — Park manager Jeremy Shaw spends months planning for it and then loves every minute of driving more than 700 head of bison into corrals for processing each year.

"This is my favorite part of this job," he said of the annual bison roundup. "It's our Super Bowl."

Not only is it fun for the more than 200 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls who come from all over the state and country to participate, but the roundup is the primary tool to control the size of the bison herd on Antelope Island. Biologists have determined that about 550
bison can live on the island and still maintain the vibrant ecosystem, which includes other wildlife. Read More and Watch Video HERE

White Bison Farm Calves
See Video HERE

Eye On Agriculture: Home On The Range With The Bison Brothers
ULYSSES — Evan and Alex Reynolds are fifth generation farmers at Glenwood Farms in the Town of Ulysses. The animals they raise aren’t what one usually expects to see when driving through upstate New York. The Reynolds brothers aren’t exactly your run-of-the mill farmers either. In their early 20s, and relatively new to the profession, the young men are quickly absorbing all they need to know to successfully run the family bison business.

Though most of their education has been hands-on, their grandfather had compiled extensive research on raising bison which he willingly shared. The brothers also joined the National and Eastern Bison associations. The EBA has an active website, along with seminars, farm tours, a regional show and sale, and annual conferences. One of the organization’s greatest assets is the other members. Read More HERE

Durham Ranch Helps Elevate Niche Market For Bison Meat
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A bison's physical makeup is a symbol.

With its large head and stout horns, it takes on challenges head-on. It does not cower in the presence of danger. It is a brooding force on four solid legs, strong and steady, radiating power and grace.

A bison is a product of a generational herd. It knows the meaning of survival and that its strength is in numbers. They are mighty, yet guarded, hidden among the great plains of North America, thundering through grasslands hundreds of years after a near extinction.

On a clear and crisp day, John Flocchini stood on a hill overlooking his 2,800 bison as they grazed on the Durham Ranch. He swiveled his head slowly as the sun reflected off his black-tinted sunglasses, looking west over the rolling hills. He's a long way from his hometown of San Francisco.

California might be where he was born, but he was made in Wyoming, right here on the ranch. Read More HERE

The President Who Saved the American Bison
As we celebrate Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday, we pay homage to his legacy as a protector of wild places and a founder of the modern conservation movement. One thing we know for sure. Given his youthful love of nature, commitment to ethical hunting, and legacy of conservation action, it is fair to credit Theodore Roosevelt as the President who saved the American bison. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • Park director accused of cutting off bison heads to cover up neglect. More HERE
  • Ample Hay Supplies Increase The Benefits Of Storing Bales Properly. 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 28, 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 $4.60/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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Craig Cunningham
Alder Ridge bison Ranch
2015 Photo Contest
Upcoming Events
2016 CCIA Traceability Symposium
When: November 2-3
Where: Calgary AB
Info: HERE

Deadline for 2016 Canadian Bison Junior Judging Program
November 4, 2016
Application Form 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

Deadline for 2016 CBA Photo Contest
January 16, 2017
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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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Order Form HERE
Bison Producers' Handbook
Click HERE for details
Order Form HERE

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

20 - 25 Bison Cows for Sale
Age Range - Second Calvers to Under 13 Years Of Age
Will Pregnancy Check
Availability - Middle of November
Taking Offers - call Marvin 1-306-929-2775

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