Weekly Update for Bison Producers May 13, 2016
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Market Report from the May 11, 2016 Kramer Bison Auction HERE

The Iconic Bison May Return To An Expanded Wanuskewin As Part Of Its UNESCO Project
Wanuskewin Heritage Park’s plan to paddock a herd of buffalo took another step forward recently when Saskatoon city council agreed to a long-term lease and option to buy 374 acres of field between the existing park and Wanuskewin Road.

A plan to install as many as 50
bison on the land where they were harvested by indigenous peoples for thousands of years for food, shelter and clothing is a “key piece” of its application for a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Designation (UWHD), said Ernie Walker, a University of Saskatchewan archeologist who was instrumental in the park’s creation 25 years ago.

The bison is “an icon,” Walker said.

“Wanuskewin is everything about bison, the buffalo jumps and all the archeology we do. Bison have always been involved with that particular location … The building’s built right on a buffalo drive line.” Read More HERE

Syncrude Forced To Leave Bison Herd As Wildfire Forces Shutdowns
For the first time in its history, Syncrude has shut down all three of its cokers and all remaining employees from its operations north of Fort McMurray. However, that means the company’s herd of 300 wood bison must be left behind.

“Syncrude has left as much food and water as possible for the bison and they remain on site at this time,” said spokesperson Leithan Slade on Saturday.

For more than twenty years, the herd at the Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch, which is located near the company's Mildred Lake project, have roamed 500 hectares of reclaimed land north of Fort McMurray. Read More HERE

YELLOWSTONE: Baby Bison Takes On Young Wolf and Wins
This seven-day-old calf got swept away from the herd while crossing the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park and defied the odds by fending off a young wolf’s attack before the reinforcements arrive. Video HERE

Loss Of Animals' Poop Disrupts Nutrient Cycles, New Study Shows
Believe it or not, we rely more heavily on animals' feces than you would think. Essentially, the poop from wild animals keeps the planet fertile by transporting nutrients deep from the ocean floor all the way to mountain tops, a recent study revealed. This makes the extinction of large animals even more devastating. 

From their study, researchers concluded that this animal-powered nutrient pump has decreased to six percent of its former capacity to spread nutrients away from concentrated areas on both land and sea, according to the release.

"But recovery is possible and important," Roman added, as he continued to explain that bringing back herds of North America bison is a prime example of how humans could rejuvenate nutrient cycles. Read More HERE
Yellowstone Preserves The Most Important Bison Herd In The United States
Learn more about the near extinction and recovery of these remarkable animals, how they make it through harsh winters, and what their survival says about our ability to share the landscape with another species. Video HERE

Natural Birth: Two Calves Born To Noco Conservation Herd
It’s as if they timed it: Two wooly, red-brown dots appeared on the prairie – there, between the adults – the very week the American bison became our national mammal.

Two cows in the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd calved May 6 and May 10 on sweeping public grasslands north of Fort Collins. Birth of the calves coincided with President Obama’s signing on May 9 of the National Bison Legacy Act, which makes the American bison the official national mammal of the United States.

The calves are the first American bison born in some 150 years on this public land, where the species once grazed by the millions before it was hunted nearly to extinction during western expansion. More specifically, they are the first bison calves born in the natural prairie setting since northern Colorado’s conservation herd was released atSoapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space on Nov. 1, 2015. Read More HERE

Minnesota Zoo Debuts Baby Bison, Part Of Expanding Herd
Days before the bison was anointed the new national mammal of the United States, a bison calf made its entrance into the world at the Minnesota Zoo.

The calf, born April 30, is the 43rd bison born at the zoo since it opened in 1978. The herd of nine is expecting more calves this year.

The Minnesota Zoo and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources entered into an agreement in 2012 to work together to preserve the American bison. Last year, 11 genetically-rare bison were released into Minneopa State Park near Mankato as part of an effort to expand the Minnesota conservation herd from 90 to 500 animals at several locations. Read More and See Video HERE

American Prairie Reserve Seeks Temporary Bison Grazing Permit In NE Montana
BILLINGS - As the Bureau of Land Management's staff wades through 140 letters raising protest points to American Prairie Reserve's latest request to graze bison on a new allotment in Phillips County, the conservation group is seeking a one-year temporary grazing permit.

"They're just applying for something in the interim so they can make use of the allotment," explained Adrienne Lipka, a rangeland management specialist for the BLM's Malta office.

Under the request for the one-year grazing permit, American Prairie Reserve would not remove internal fences on the federal land and would keep the same previously allocated Animal Unit Months and grazing season — May 1 to Nov. 15. The BLM is taking comments on the proposal until May 25. Read More HERE

Finneytown Couple Is Raising A Whole Herd Of Bison, Our New National Mammal
FRANKFORT, Ohio — On a two-lane country road, about 10 miles this side of Chillicothe, sits Owl Creek Bison, one of 46 bison ranches in Ohio. Greg and Jacqueline Ruter bought 375 acres of pasture and woods about five years ago, and moved from their home in Finneytown.

“I couldn’t find any pasture in Finneytown,” Greg joked.

They started with 22 bison calves trucked in from Colorado. Five years later, they have a herd of 120.

“Such a majestic animal,” Jacqueline said.

The Ruters’ passion for bison, often called the American plains buffalo, might seem out of place in Southwest Ohio, but bison are native to Ohio and Kentucky. In fact, some of our roads were built over the trails, or traces, that the buffalo created when wild herds moved from one place to another. That’s where a well known Kentucky bourbon got its name — Buffalo Trace. Read More HERE

Woman Sells House-Trained Bison On Craigslist For $5,950, Calls It 'A Gigantic Puppy'
A Texas ranch owner is selling a 1,000-pound bison on Craigslist, boasting that the animal is both housebroken and loves to interact with humans.
Shoeve and her 7-year-old bison live on what she calls her Ranch of Broken Promises.

Shoeve said she purchased an original 1880s boarding house in Texas with her then-husband, with dreams of fixing it up and turning it into a Western-themed attraction.

That's when they adopted Bullet, a 1,000-pound bison that the previous owners had house trained.

"Within the first month, I was a little nervous about whether she was really that calm and nice," the Argyle ranch owner admitted. "But she's never hurt me. She leaves this airspace of safety between you and her. She's very cognizant of you as a smaller person."

What's more is that, according to Schoeve, the bison is light on her feet. "She's like a ballerina. When she runs, she looks like Pepe le Pew," she said, assuring that each time she discovers her pet bison in her home, nothing has ever been broken or scratched. Read More and See Video HERE

Adrian Boy, 9, Finds Fossilized Bison Skull In James River

ADRIAN — On Sunday, Anders Parenteau, 9, his father, Jason, and brother, Wyatt, decided to venture outdoors to explore the terrain surrounding the James River. While Anders was playing in the waters, he discovered a large fossilized skull.

Clint Boyd, senior paleontologist for the North Dakota Geological Survey, confirmed it was a bison skull after reviewing photos of the fossil.

Boyd said the skull was from an animal that once roamed with the modern species of American bison, a geologically younger species.

The older species, scientifically known as Bison antiquus, had very large horns that typically pointed straight out to the sides rather than curving backward, Boyd said. This species went extinct about 20,000 years ago, he said.

“There’s an overall trend in bison in time where the animal gets smaller and the horns also reduce in size,” he said. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • 15 Facts About The American Bison. More HERE
  • Obama Signs Legislation Designating Bison as National Mammal. More HERE
  • Fire on the farm: minimize your risk. More HERE
  • Custer State Park officials warn visitors of bison encounters. More HERE
  • Rare white bison calf born at Pennsylvania animal park. 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

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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

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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
May 13, 2016

Finished Bison Prices Steady

 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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When: May 11, 2016
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2016 NBA Summer Conference
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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

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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