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
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.
News Release HERE
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