Weekly Update for Bison Producers November 18, 2016
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Ritchie Bros Buys Kramer Auctions
Ritchie Bros. has bought Kramer Auctions.

The four key leaders of Kramer Auctions – Neil Kramer, Kim Kramer, Brendan Kramer and Michael Higgs, have all joined Ritchie Bros. and will continue overseeing auctions in the Prairie provinces under the Kramer Auctions brand, a company release said.

All full-time employees of Kramer Auctions have also been offered continued employment with Kramer Auctions, through Ritchie Bros.

Kramer Auctions has one permanent auction site, which Ritchie Bros. intends to lease from the Kramer family for the foreseeable future, located in North Battleford, Sask.

The acquisition is expected to significantly strengthen Ritchie Bros.’ penetration of Canada’s agricultural sector and add key talent to the Canadian Ag sales and operations team, the release said. Read More HERE
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MD Councillors Have Beef With Parks' Bison Project
Municipal District of Bighorn councillors urged utmost caution in regard to Parks Canada’s proposal to reintroduce plains bison to Banff National Park.

 Two councillors voiced concerns about potential disease and agricultural borders the bison would share along MD land at a Nov. 8 council meeting to Karsten Heuer, Parks Canada’s bison reintroduction project manager.

The area of concern is specific to grassy areas domestic cattle and other pets and livestock graze on near the Panther Valley on Banff’s eastern slopes, where the bison will be reintroduced into an enclosed pasture area early 2017.

Parks Canada has documented the chances of the wild bison introducing or being exposed to diseases are estimated to be “negligible-to-low,” but councillors Erik Butters and Paul Ryan agreed there is never “zero risk” in these situations. Read More HERE

Inside The South Dakota Roundup Of The Country's Largest Bison Herd
CUSTER, S. D. -- The earth rumbles as 1,100 buffalo stampede across the South Dakota prairie. About 60 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls ride herd, including 81-year-old Bob Lantis.

The spur-jingling, pistol-toting, chaps-wearing buckaroo has participated in the nation’s biggest buffalo round-up of its kind for the past 45 years.
Lantis says the best part of the roundup is the run.

“When we’re actually pushing the buffalo and they’re running just as hard as they can run, we’re running just as hard as we can run. It’s an adrenaline-kicking son of a gun, I’ll tell you that for a fact,” he said. Read More and See Pictures HERE

Ranchers Speak Out About Butchered, Missing Bison
BISMARCK, ND - We have heard complaints about missing and butchered livestock throughout the Dakota Access protest, but now, one rancher is speaking out.

Ernie Fischer and his wife own hundreds of bison and say several have gone missing or turned up dead, and Fischer says he thinks the protesters are the ones behind it.

Ernie and Beverly Fischer are worried about their bison. Read More HERE

Fort Peck Tribe Transfers Genetically Pure Bison To Bronx Zoo
BILLINGS - The Fort Peck Tribe on Thursday completed a historic transfer of bison from its land to the Bronx Zoo, according to zoo officials.

The zoo accepted eight bison from the tribe as part of the long-standing partnership between the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of Fort Peck.
The transfer marks the first time in American history that bison 
have been transferred by a Native American tribe to a zoo.

“We are very excited and happy to continue this partnership with the zoo,” said Robbie Magnan, an official of the Fort Peck Tribe Fish and Games Department. “It’s very important that we create a pure herd so we can preserve our bison.” Read More HERE

Raising Bison On The 'Back Forty'
There were days when bison were commonplace, roaming the prairies and providing meat to Native Americans. Today, however, they cause traffic on a busy highway near Stockton Lake to come to a halt as people whip out their smartphones to take a picture for their Facebook and Instagram pages.

“We were following someone and were like ‘Why are they slowing down? Oh, they’re looking at our bison!’” recounted Becky Roller, who owns and operates Back Forty Bison with her husband, John, and their business partners Keith and Tammy Ashton.

Back Forty Bison has three separate herds near Dadeville, Bona and Greenfield, Missouri. The enterprise was born through an interest in health and after extensive research.

“We were interested because we were trying to eat healthier,” John said, adding bison meat reminded them of beef and was an appealing alternative to chicken and turkey.

He said they owned land so they thought maybe they should try their hand at raising their own bison. Read More HERE

Bovine TB Strain Of Mexican Origin In Alberta Probe
Quarantines now cover 36 farms.

While new to Canada, the strain of tuberculosis bacteria which infected the Alberta cow at the centre of a bovine TB probe has been seen before in Mexico.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Wednesday reported the strain of Mycobacterium bovis found in a southeastern Alberta cow is “closely related” to a strain originating from cattle in central Mexico in 1997.

The M. bovis pathogen from the infected cow is not the same as any strains previously detected in Canadian domestic animals, wildlife or people to date, CFIA said. Read More HERE

White Cloud, North Dakota’s Famed Albino Buffalo, Dies Of Old Age
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — White Cloud, an iconic albino bison that drew visitors to Jamestown over her 20-year life span, died of old age at her owner’s ranch Monday.

“It was expected it would happen some time,” Ilana Xinos, director of the National Buffalo Museum, said Monday. “It was not expected today.”

White Cloud was the most notable member of her species residing in Jamestown, which has billed itself as “the Buffalo City” since the 1950s.

“She will be missed by the museum, our city and by all the travelers that could look to the north and view her as they drove along (Interstate 94),” said Don Williams, National Buffalo Museum president.

White Cloud was born in 1996 at the Shirek Buffalo Ranch near Michigan, N.D. She was released into the herd at the National Buffalo Museum in 1997 and had lived there until last spring when she was returned to the Shirek Buffalo Ranch due to ill health. Read More HERE

Did You Know
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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
November 18, 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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2015 Photo Contest
Upcoming Events
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

Vold Jones & Vold Bison Auction
When: November 26, 2016
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: Contact Office or Mike Dejonge for more info/CL: 403-783-0758

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

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

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.
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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?
For information on preparing for an emergency & what to do in specific situations go to Get Prepared website: English | Français

Sales Arena

Bison For Sale

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is offering 60 bison calves and three yearlings for sale by tender.

The calves were all born in 2016 at the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area located approximately 40 km southwest of Eastend, SK.

All animals are free-range and grass-fed. Herd was genetically tested in 2008 and shown to be genetically pure Plains Bison. All calves will be RFID tagged prior to sale.

Please submit all inquiries and bids by November 25, 2016 to or by phone at 306-551-3425. 

Successful bidder will be contacted to arrange early December transport and payment.

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