Weekly Update for Bison Producers May 6, 2016
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2016 Census of Agriculture Is On The Horizon
Canadian farm operators should have received the Ag Census this week.
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Message from the BCBA President

Dear Members and Friends,

I wish to extend an invitation to join me at our first Field Day to be held at the Turtle Valley Bison Ranch near Chase, BC this coming June.

It should prove to an educational, entertaining and relaxing time as we mingle with old friends and make new ones. It is also an opportunity to share ideas, engage potential new ranchers and promote our industry.  Event details including nearby accommodations can be found by visiting

You will find an on-line registration there or you can fill out the registration form from one of the links below.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Best Regards, Bernard Vere

BCBA Summer Field Day Registration Form: Word Doc. or PDF Doc.

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Bison Market and Supply Update for March is Now Available

English Version HERE
French Version HERE
Past Report HERE

Market Report from the April 16, 2016 Vold, Jones and Vold Bison Auction HERE

Brad And Carmen Ramstead Are Safe And The Beaver Creek Wood Bison Herd Is Safe As Well
Wildfires continue to ravage the city of Fort McMurray with 88,000 people being evacuated.  In Fort McMurray, officials have so far confirmed the loss of about 1,600 buildings and homes.

As most bison producers know, Fort McMurray is the home to the Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch which is well-known for its prized wood bison herd. The ranch is managed by Brad Ramstead who is known to many. 

Although information is not readily available, Brad and Carmen Ramstead are safe and the bison are reported to be OK.

Brad has indicated that he plans to be back up to Fort McMurray on Monday. The bison herd is about 30 miles north of the city and is clear of trees.

It is a difficult situation for all those 88,000 plus people who were evacuated. Prayers of support for their well-being of all would be appreciated.

Make Room, Eagle: The Bison Will Be Our New National Mammal
Trader Joe’s might want to jack up the price of its frozen Buffalo Burgers. Congress just came to a rare quiet consensus to pass the National Bison Legacy Act, which makes the bison (a.k.a. buffalo) the first national mammal of the U.S. This does not mean the Bald Eagle—who declined to comment for this piece—has had its throne usurped. They will be peacefully co-serving as national emblem and national mammal.

Still, it’s an important symbolic gesture on behalf of the nation responsible for nearly wiping bison out in the first place. The bison was essential to the livelihood of Native Americans, who were able to kill only the bison they needed for meat, then use the hair and bone for other purposes. As PBS noted in promotion of theirAmerican Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation documentary, “For thousands of years the huge bison herds were able to accommodate the loss of the relatively few animals taken by Native Americans.” Then settlers came in, creating a bison meat trade as well as allowing tourists to shoot them from trains. By 1880, there were only thousands of bison left from the millions that once freely roamed.

This act doesn’t bestow any new protections upon the mammal, but the goal is to draw attention to how important they are to the ecology and history of our vast United States. As The Guardian notes, they “once performed a key role in ecosystems by tearing up vegetation to allow new plants to grow.” Read More HERE 

Stress A Bison And Someone Will Pay
Bison producer Ivan Smith doesn’t go anywhere without a butcher knife and a rifle in his truck.

“Anything can go wrong when you’re dealing with an animal that’s this athletic,” said Smith, who operates Big Bend Bison Ranch near Innisfail.

“It’s just the nature of the bison. They’re not meant to be captive, so when they are confined, it’s extremely stressful for them. Being such a powerful and athletic animal, they can damage themselves fairly easily.”

In a bison mortality study that began in 2012, trauma was the second-highest cause of death in the bison studied. That’s “obviously significant,” said researcher Pat Burrage.

“We know that injuries and deaths associated with traumas or accidents are a problem,” said Burrage, a veterinarian from Bluffton.

“Bison, to me, are suicidal. Any time I go out to do work on bison, I’m happy at the end of the day if nothing’s broken — on bison, human, or equipment.” Read More HERE

Bison Market Bright Spot In Low Ag Market
The first bison born in McPherson County are about four weeks old now, but they have a bright future ahead of them.

The bison industry is one of the most well-performing and sustainable industries in the agricultural sector.

Dick Gehring, owner of Black Kettle Buffalo near Moundridge, explained that though herds grow slowly, the industry is stable.

“Demand is outstripping supply so I see it staying strong long term. Consumers are becoming more health conscious and are in-tune to where their food comes from.

That’s a great indicator for where our industry is going,” Gehring said. “For me, the bison market is one of the bright spots in agriculture because there’s a lot of longevity and we feel very secure in what we’re doing.”

Currently, bison is selling at $4.45 per pound, while beef brings about $2.42.

Agricultural producers across the Midwest met challenges brought on by a major drought a few years ago, so livestock producers are starting to build back herds this year. For Gehring, the bison industry saw a boost not from weather, but in conscious customers looking for healthier red meat. Read More HERE

Bryan Bison Ranch Owner Honored By National Organization
Lifelong Bryan resident Beverly Brown, the chair of the National Bison Association’s Winter Conference Planning committee for the past four years, recently was named the association’s Member of the Year.

Brown is co-owner of Lucky B Bison in Bryan. A retired Southwest Airlines flight attendant, she has nurtured a lifelong passion for bison, which she refers to as “the ultimate underdog.”

Her father, the late Texas Agriculture Commissioner Reagan Brown, presented her first bison calf to her as a gift in 1991. She has worked ever since to grow her herd, promote awareness of bison and help others get started in bison ranching. Read More HERE

Nebraska Rancher Seeks Markets for Bison
It’s been said that good fences make good neighbors.  But for one Nebraskan, these fortifications are a gateway – to his vision of restoring magnificence to the Great Plains.

Dave Klingelhoefer/Watertown Bison Ranch – Amherst, Nebraska: “The bulls – especially the bulls.  They’re so majestic.  They just…the way they walk, you know they’re the boss…And they’re just kind of the king of the prairie like the lion is the king of the jungle.”

Watertown Bison Ranch in Amherst, Nebraska is where Dave Klingelhoefer and his family house over 150 head of bovine behemoths – which can stand six feet tall and weigh up to a ton.

Dave Klingelhoefer/Watertown Bison Ranch – Amherst, Nebraska: “We were going to buy two calves, one for each grandson, and we came home with 11.  So I guess we got into it that way.” Read More and Watch Video HERE

Sorry, Environmentalists: Buffalo Were Saved From Extinction by Capitalism
Ranchers like Charles Goodnight, who provided the herd reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1902, found ways to raise and profit from the bison. This led to a thriving national industry and ensures the bison will survive into the 21st century. Today there are around 500,000 buffalo in the United States, and about 90 percent are in private hands. And for that miracle resurrection, the world has capitalism, not Congress, to thank. Read More HERE

Europe Reintroduces Its Own Brand of Bison, Also Driven to Near Extinction
Amid all the bison buzz on Turtle Island, what with the National Bison Legacy Act having passed both houses of Congress and currently sitting on President Barack Obama’s desk, a lesser-known but parallel phenomenon is happening across the Pond.

European bison, known as wisent, were nearly wiped out in the early 20th century as they were mercilessly hunted and their habitat destroyed, according to the True Nature Foundation, a conservation group based in the Netherlands. Merely 3,000 or so survive today, most of them in captivity. But a new movement called Rewilding Europe is aiming to restore bison populations to their original range. Read More HERE

Archeologists Discover Ancient, Extinct Species Of Bison Buried At Old Vero Site
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Nestled in between the county administration buildings in Vero Beach, the Old Vero site has long provided a glimpse into our past.

Now - another piece to that puzzle.

Field excavator Richie Rosencrance is at the center of it all.

He's exploring the site with a team of researchers from Florida Atlantic University.

“It was getting towards the end of the season, it's long, we were tired, and we hadn't really found much,” he says.

But on May 1st, persistence paid off - in the form of an extinct species of bison.

look, it's bone!’” Richie recalls telling his research partner. “She said ‘uhhh...I'm not sure'. I'm like ‘Guys...this is definitely bone!"

The bison was estimated to be 8 feet tall, 4,000 pounds, 13,000 years old.
Dozens of bone fragments have been carefully unearthed so far. Read More HERE

Tiny Bison Becomes Friends With Every Animal She Meets
There's always a little awkwardness when it comes to interspecies meet-ups.

Plenty of mutual sniffings and stare-downs, as animals from two very different walks of life try to figure each other out.

In this case, a baby bison newly arrived at Jaysen McCleary's sanctuary got her first scent of dog last week.

The weirdness was mutual.

At first, Jake the dog didn't know quite what to make of this little tuft of fur — a baby bison named Tahnee. Read More HERE

Vista Wood: Home Is Where The Buffalo Roam
HILLSBOROUGH - The small herd grazes contentedly on hay just inside a fence at Vista Wood Buffalo Ranch north of Hillsborough. Some of the hay clings to the bushy tops of their massive heads, especially the bull that stands out for its larger mop of curly, brown hair.

Jeff Peloquin, a homebuilder by trade, is just outside the fence, gazing at the scene which evokes the American West more than central North Carolina. He has just spread the hay, and he won’t have to do that again for almost a week. Buffalo are very low maintenance, which suits his busy lifestyle just fine.

Vista Wood is Orange County’s only buffalo ranch and has been since 2004 when Jeff and his wife, Linda, bought 82 acres of rolling hills for their new home about two miles north of Hillsborough.

At the time, they weren’t certain what to do with the abundant pasture land behind their house. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • Bone Broth Recipe HERE
  • Mexican Bison Bake With Cilantro-Lime Cream Recipe HERE
  • Finished bison sculptures unveiled. More HERE
  • Factors to consider for income splitting on family farm. 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
May 6, 2016

Finished Bison Prices Continue To Hold

 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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K-1 Bison Ranch
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Upcoming Events

Kramer Auctions Ltd.
Back to the Grass
Bison Auction
When: May 11, 2016
Where: North Battleford

Details: HERE

Summer Field Event
When: June 3-4 2016
Where: Chase, BC
Poster: HERE

2016 NBA Summer Conference
When: June 20-22 2016
Where: Elk River, MN
Info: HERE

3rd Annual Bison Festival
When: August 13, 2016
Where: Elk Island National
             Park AB

Info: HERE

American Bison Society Meeting & Workshop
When: September 26-29
Where: Banff Centre Banff
             National Park, AB

Info: HERE

2016 CBA 33rd Annual Convention
When: November 20-22, 2016
Where: Regina SK
Info: TBA

2016 24th Annual Canadian National Show & Sale
When: November 20-22, 2016
Where: Regina SK
Info: TBA

2017 International Bison Conference (IBC)
When: July 4 -7, 2017
Where: Big Sky, MT
Details: TBD

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%.

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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

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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Auction Arena


Back to the Grass Bison Sale

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Location:  Kramer's Big Bid Barn
               North Battleford, SK
Three miles East of North Battleford on Hwy#16

Kramer Auctions Ltd. - Brendan Kramer 306-445-500
Visit Webpage: HERE

+/- 400 head already consigned
Last Chance to sell/buy at auction until Fall!
We welcome USA buyers.
We are very experienced with Export Processing/Shipping details and have a Veterinarian available to process necessary documentation for export.


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