Weekly Update for Bison Producers December 16, 2016
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Already Expensive Bison Burgers Are Getting Pricier
That pricey bison burger just got more expensive.

Ground-bison prices have climbed to record highs as ranchers in Canada are holding back more animals to expand their herds and take advantage of a growing appetite for the grass-fed meat.

The cost stayed at an all-time high of $23.93 per kilogram in November, after reaching the peak a month earlier. Prices were up 41 per cent from a year earlier and almost double the price of a kilogram of ground beef, according to Canada’s agriculture ministry.

“With current prices, retention will continue and that will certainly aggravate the supply problem,” said Terry Kremeniuk, executive director of the Regina-based Canadian Bison Association.

Bison prices have been rallying as demand for the niche product is rising among U.S. consumers amid a favourable exchange rate and as more people seek out organic foods and healthy alternative proteins. The meat has fewer calories, less cholesterol and fat than beef, and the animals are raised without hormones or antibiotics.

As demand gains, Canada’s ranchers are becoming more reluctant to send animals to slaughter, and instead are holding them back in favour of herd expansion. As a result, fewer bison are being exported for processing in the U.S., Canada’s biggest market, and domestic production probably fell 25 percent in 2016 from a year earlier to 10,500 animals, Kremeniuk said. Read More HERE

TB Quarantine Lifted On Six Ranches; Testing Continues
A bovine tuberculosis imposed quarantine was lifted on six premises in southern Alberta yesterday.

Testing continues on about 45 herds, where 26,000 animals remain under quarantine, said Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, chief veterinary officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

No further positive cases have been detected, and the last round of animals that reacted to the tests showed no clinical signs of disease at post mortem inspection, he told reporters. Read More HERE

How Bison Withstand Winter
Bison are well-designed for life in the cold and snowy temperatures of winter. Their historic range is from Mexico, continuing north through the U.S., reaching into Canada and extending all the way into Alaska.

Bison have an amazing ability to withstand the cold. In the winter, they grow a thick, woolly undercoat of fur. They have eight times as many hair follicles as cattle. The fur is thickest on the bison's head, front of their body and their forelegs. If you have ever had the chance to touch a bison pelt, you lose sight of your fingers when you press them into the thick wool-covered hide. Read More HERE

Bison Getting More Space In Badlands
More home for the buffalo to roam is coming to Badlands National Park.

The park is expanding the area where bison range in the north unit by more than 35 square miles after a yearlong stewardship and environmental impact plan was finalized.

Park officials say one of the reasons for the bison range expansion is that it will give visitors more opportunities to view the animals and provide for a better park experience.

"I would estimate more than 90 percent of our visitors to the park never see a bison," Badlands Superintendent Mike Pflaum said. "It's a shame because they are such an iconic and important animal." Read More HERE

Oregon Couple Plead Guilty To Poaching Bison In Grand Teton National Park
MOOSE, Wyoming (KIFI/KIDK) - An Oregon couple has pleaded guilty to poaching a bison in Grand Teton National Park in December of 2015.

According to the National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park rangers recently finished their investigation and the couple has pleaded guilty to crime.

Gary and Laurie Washington pleaded guilty to the poaching crime. Gary pled guilty to a violation of the Lacey Act, a Class A Misdemeanor, as he knowingly and intentionally transported an illegally taken bison after killing the animal within the park in December 2015. Additionally, Laurie Washington pled guilty to the charge of illegally taking wildlife for her role in the incident.

The crime was originally reported after a pair of bison hunters found a suspicious scene at the end Elk Ranch Road. Read More HERE
Hazen's Sebastian Helps Save European Bison
RURAL HAZEN — Dave Sebastian has had a passion for bison going on 30 years, and the genetic traits he’s bred into some of his animals have created beautiful results. But for all that, it’s the special bison species — familiar, yet distinctly unique — in an outer pasture that are most noteworthy to him.

Beyond the black-and-white counterpoints of specialty breeding, off in a pasture of their own, are what have become Sebastian’s pride and joy in the relatively few years since he brought them here from a ranch in New Mexico. They are wisents, the European genetic ancestor to both the plains bison here in America and the woods bison still found in Canada. Read More HERE

Breeding Bull From N.D. Arrives At Growing New Bison Herd Near Mankato
MANKATO, Minn. -- The first breeding bull has arrived at Minneopa State Park near Mankato, bringing to 15 the number of bison at the park, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The yearling bull comes from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and spent a month quarantined at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.

Eleven bison were reintroduced to Minneopa in the fall of 2015. The herd expanded to 14 with the birth of three calves in 2016. It’s hoped the newly-acquired bull will successfully breed bison cows within the existing herd, strengthening the herd’s genetic similarities with its free-ranging ancestors from two centuries ago.  

That point is important, said Tony Fisher with the Minnesota Zoo.  “We need to occasionally bring animals from outside the herd to ensure the herd’s genetics maintain a healthy amount of diversity.” Read More HERE

Bison At Lords Park Zoo Connect, Educate Elgin Community
The unnamed new bison at Lords Park Zoo in Elgin was joined Tuesday with her herd mates after a month of living on the grounds in a separate enclosure.

"The newest bison has been with the zoo since Nov. 7, and at the recommendation of our vet was kept separate from our two other bison, Becky and Drew, for 30 days so that everyone could acclimate to one another," Elgin Senior Management Analyst Laura Valdez-Wilson said.

Friends of Lords Park Zoo President Terry Gabel witnessed the move that allowed the bison to roam the grounds together.

"The enclosures were opened together at 7:10 am, and the process went very well," Gabel said. "Drew especially has adopted the newest bison. They interact more like mother and daughter than pen mates." Read More HERE

Options Sought To Reduce Bison Management Operations At Stephens Creek
"We want to find a way to reduce the need for operations here at Stephens Creek. That is going to take a change in the bison management plan that we currently have,” said YNP Public Affairs Specialist Jody Lyle.

This year the plan calls for reducing the herd estimated at about 5,500 animals, meaning that upwards of 1,200 bison would be removed either slaughtered or hunted.

Even though operations at Stephens Creek have not yet begun there are still bison on the property; 40 that were held over from last season that have so far tested brucellosis free. Read More HERE

Did You Know
  • CFIA may have its best people working on the current case of bovine tuberculosis, but... More HERE
  • Bison use car as a salt lick. More HERE
  • After A Lifetime Of Hard Work, Father And Son Return Wild Bison To Reservation. 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
December 16, 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.

Mature bulls and cows are trading in the marketplace at up to $5.25/lb. Canadian. 

**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

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

BPA Wildrose Convention and Bison Show & Sale
When: March 17-18, 2017
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: TBA
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

2017 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.
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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.
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Past Auctions/Sales

December 7, 2016
Season Opener Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

November 26, 2016
Bison Auction by Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

November 22, 2016
2016 Canadian National Show & Sale Market Summary Report HERE

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

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

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Bison For Sale

Pregnancy Tested Cows 5 and under: 45-50 head 

Pregnancy Tested Cows 6-10 years old: 45-50 head 

2015 bison 500 head mix bulls and heifers

2016 bison calves 600 head bulls and heifers

For delivery in early January

Duane Lammers

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