Have You Made Your Plans Yet?
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 www.turtlevalleyranch.com
You will find an on-line registration there or you can fill out the registration form from one of the links below.
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THE WEEK IN REVIEWâ€¦
Forage Chef Chris Whittaker Set To Serve Up Big BBQ Bison Cookout In Chase, BC
Vancouver, BC | The BC bison industry is managed in a unique way here in BC and is undergoing some interesting changes. Turtle Valley Bison Ranch, Urban Digs Farm and the BC and Canadian Bison Associations are working together to put on an event that inspires producers and engages consumers in this sustainable industry.
The producer event takes place at Turtle Valley Ranch from June 3-5th in Chase, BC. Consumer workshops and a ranch tour take place on Saturday.
Did You Know
Everyone is invited to attend and can look forward to:
â€“ workshops for producers and farmers with guest speakers from the Canadian Bison Association and the BC Ministry of Agriculture with a focus on adopting new technologies & philosophies in pasture management and raising animals in an environmentally sustainable manner.
â€“ mouth-watering meals including a Friday BBQ and Saturday dinner- a big cookout with Forageâ€™s own Chef Chris Whittaker.
â€“ ranch tour and info session on the sustainable ranching practices being employed at Turtle Valley Ranch.
â€“ update on the national Slow Meat movement with Slow Food Canada.
â€“ discussion of the nutritional differences and benefits of bison meat.
â€“ tips to ensure the very best results when cooking with bison from Chef Chris Whittaker. Read More HERE
Syncrude Says Bison Herd Holding Up Well As Fort McMurray Wildfires Rage Nearby
A vicious wildfire nicknamed "the beast" hasn't caused too much trouble for nearly 200 beasts that roam a reclaimed oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray.
Greg Fuhr, vice president of mining and extraction with Syncrude Canada, said Friday that the bison herd on the company's Mildred Lake property is doing well, even with fires raging nearby.
Syncrude was one of the oilsands sites evacuated early this week as the flames encroached, but critical staff who remain have checked in on the animals daily.
"We ensure before we leave that the water troughs are full and that they've got a lot of feed there," Fuhr said in an interview.
New Calves Born Recently
The full-time manager of the Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch has also flown in periodically, most recently on Friday.
He reported that the ruminants are "acting very normal" and that a few calves have even been born over the past day or so, said Fuhr.
When the wildfire began to cause serious problems for the city of Fort McMurray, about 50 kilometres south, on May 3, the animals were corralled into one area.
The pasture they're in is far to the north and has a big buffer zone separating it from the boreal forest. Read More HERE
Birth Of Rare White Bison Calf Draws Visitors To Western Manitoba First Nation
From afar, you see what looks like an average herd of about two dozen bison in a pasture just outside of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Man.
But get closer to the herd, and you'll see one of the most recent additions has far more meaning.
The community welcomed a rare white male bison calf on May 7. The calf's mother, also a white bison (commonly called buffalo), was born at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2009 and given to the community's herd because of the cultural significance of the animal. Read More HERE
Bison Farmer: Workshop To Help Women Learn What It Takes To Build A Success Business
Thornville resident Carrie Starr has been showing what women farmers in Ohio can do with a little determination and a lot of hard work after she started her own bison ranch in 2008. She has since grown Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch to contain multiple types of animals and its own stop for selling her products throughout the year.
Starr got the idea to raise her own bison heard after she tried buffalo prime rib at Tedâ€™s Montana Grill in Columbus. â€œIt was one of the best things I had ever eaten,â€ Starr commented, â€œI couldnâ€™t stop thinking that I had the land to do it.â€
At the time, the idea of starting her own bison ranch did not seem possible due to the cost of everything needed to have her own herd. â€œI was a single mother and being able to afford it was not something I thought would actually be able to happen.â€ With 25 acres of land, Starr did not have a barn or a fence needed for the bison. Starr and her daughter, Abby, have lived on the property for 15 years. Read More HERE
This Marketer's Pen, Edition 18
The month of May awakened the strength of Albertans and the kinship we all share as Canadians.
The natural disaster that plagued Fort McMurray has been unbearable to imagine.
On May 13 & 14, 2016 with the support of Rangeland Meat Shop and dozens of other business within the community of Lacombe, we spearheaded and supplied all the burgers for a BBQ & Silent Auction Fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds collected, donated to #ymm fire victims.
Here is a story shared by one of the event organizers. Read More HERE
Bisonâ€™s New Designation Ideal Marketing Opportunity
Itâ€™s official: the bison is the U.S. national mammal.
That not only has North American bison ranchers celebrating the recognition of the native majesty of their favoured type of livestock but has also given them a permanent marketing opportunity.â€©
As well, they hope the new-found fame of the ancient bison can draw in new producers.â€©
â€œWhen Costco and Kroger and Safeway all want bison in their meat cases, we need to have more commercial operations,â€ said Dave Carter, executive director of the U.S. National Bison Association.â€©
â€œWe really need to get more.â€â€© Read More HERE
Preparing For An Emergency
A crisis on the farm may mean days without water, electricity or phone service.
A major natural disaster occurs every year, so an emergency plan to save people and animals should be done in advance.
â€œWe have had generally one natural disaster a year where livestock or large animals have been affected,â€ said Bob Andes, director of emergency management services at Alberta Agriculture.
This year is a high fire risk because of dry conditions throughout the West.
â€œIt happens every year, but you donâ€™t know where and you donâ€™t know when,â€ said Clayton Bradley, a range manager with British Columbiaâ€™s forestry ministry.
Here is a checklist to help keep family and livestock safe. Read More HERE
Herd Of 160 Bison Represent Iconic Symbol At Watertown
AMHERST â€” On a cool, calm, sunlit morning in a spring green pasture northwest of Amherst, meadowlarks sang and yellow-orange bison babies skipped, hopped and ran circles around the Watertown Bison Ranch herd.
Warmed by the sun, the cinnamons, as baby bison are known, did what all kids do on a nice spring day. They played.
Itâ€™s no wonder bison owner David Klingelhoefer says heâ€™s mesmerized by the scene he has created that features the iconic symbol of the Great Plains.
When he went to a bison sale near Crawford in 2010, he intended to buy two. â€œIt was just going to be something for the grandkids to look at,â€ Klingelhoefer said with a smile. â€œThen it evolved.â€
Quickly. Read More HERE
New Bison Bulls To Kraansvlak Herd
On May the 11th 2016, two bison bulls originating from a nature reserve in the south of France have arrived at Kraansvlak, part of National Park Zuid-Kennemerland. The animals of two and three years old will enlarge the herd (14 animals) in this dune area. Project partners PWN and ARK Nature have high hopes that in the near future the bulls will be responsible for fathering many calves.
With the new arrivals, the herd will again include (young) adult bulls. In August 2015, two bulls were translocated from Kraansvlak to Spain. They both were born in Kraansvlak and therefore closely related to most of the other herd members. In order to ensure a socially as well as genetically healthy herd, they were moved to other bison areas. After the succesfull relocation, now was the time to welcome new bulls at Kraansvlak. Read More HERE
Bison Calfâ€™s Death Shows Dangers of People in Yellowstone
Yellowstone rangers have contended with their share of notorious human misbehavior over the years, whether itâ€™s guests vandalizing the fragile geothermal wonders, poachers killing trophy elk, illegal inner tubers being swept away in the raging Yellowstone River, or overzealous animal lovers harassing wildlife, sometimes with deadly consequences.
As Rick Wallen says, few things tourists do are surprising, yet within the last week, Yellowstoneâ€™s senior bison scientist learned of an incident that left even him speechless.
A pair of international travelers making their way through the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley in early May was arrested and ticketed after they allegedly caught a wild newborn bison calf from the roadside, loaded the animal into their vehicle and drove it to a ranger station. The motivation for their brazen action: They believed they were being Good Samaritans, rescuing the bison because it appeared to be abandoned and shivering in the cold. Read More HERE
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Talks Safety
Signs throughout the park remind visitors to not touch or feed the animals.
â€œA good rule of thumb, when watching animals is, if the animal is reacting to you, you are too close,â€ said Eileen Andes, chief of interpretation and public information officer for TRNP.
But for some, the enticement of these wild animals puts them in a dangerous situation when wonder overcomes caution and they put themselves too close to wild animals.
On May 9, the bison became the first national mammal. But just because the animal is now symbolic to the nation does not take away the fact that they are known as one of the most ferocious animals in North America. Read More HERE
Spread Of Brucellosis Blamed On Elk, Not Bison Or Feed Grounds
MISSOULA â€” Efforts to control brucellosis in cattle around Yellowstone National Park may be focusing on the wrong wildlife suspects, according to new DNA research on the disease.
The study suggests elk are the most likely source of brucellosis outbreaks in domestic cattle. That complicates the work of officials around Yellowstone charged with controlling the spread of brucellosis. Suspicion that bison were the main spreaders of the disease to cattle prompted extensive restrictions on bison trying to migrate out of the park into grazing lands of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Those restrictions have included hazing the herds back into the park, and hunting, butchering or quarantining thousands of bison that could not be driven back into Yellowstone. Read More HERE
Palmer, Where The Bison Roam
A small herd of these inspirational creatures briefly crashed a picnic of Alaska legislators and their staffers last summer, on pastureland owned by livestock producer Todd Pettit.
Many of the staffers scrambled to get into their cars, although the big beasts were merely curious, not threatening, or perhaps drawn to the scent of potato salad.
Pettit, whoâ€™s privately-owned herd supplies his commercial meat business, thinks nothing of walking among the hulking beasts at feeding time. He gives one a slap on its rear end that sends the animal scampering off like a chastened puppy .. all thousand pounds of it.
â€œNo, no.. get outta hereâ€ Pettit commanded, and the shaggy bison trotted back to its fellows.
While Pettitâ€™s bison herd has been pretty much bred on his Little Pitchfork ranch near Palmer, four state-owned herds are living in the wild in Alaska. But why?
Perhaps Darren Bruning, a Fish and Game regional supervisor, can answer that question best. Read More HERE
- Grazers hit hard by last yearâ€™s drought could be in for another difficult year. â€˜Babyâ€™ those pastures in a drought year. Read More HERE
- Bison Meat Loaf Recipe. Recipe HERE
- Bison Born At Irvine Park Zoo. More HERE
- Housebroken Bison Sold in Craigslist, Bought By A Couple. More HERE
- Buffalo Flank Steak Salad. Recipe HERE
CBA News and Events...
The Winners Have Been Announcedâ€¦â€¨
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 HERE
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. http://manitobalivestock.com/
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. (ENGLISH: http://bit.ly/XqeLPZ or FRENCH: http://bit.ly/1oKxhPK)
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 http://manitobalivestock.com/ or call 1-866-869-4008
Le Programme de paiement anticipÃ© est maintenant offert aux producteurs qui commercialisent leurs produits sur le marchÃ© de dÃ©tail
Le Programme de paiement anticipÃ© (PPA) est un programme fÃ©dÃ©ral de garantie dâ€™emprunt qui aide les producteurs de bÃ©tail Ã respecter leurs obligations financiÃ¨res et Ã bÃ©nÃ©ficier des meilleures conditions du marchÃ© en amÃ©liorant leurs liquiditÃ©s tout au long de la pÃ©riode de production. Le programme Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance fournit une avance en espÃ¨ces sur la valeur prÃ©vue du bÃ©tail quâ€™ils produisent. Les producteurs peuvent recevoir une avance en espÃ¨ces pouvant atteindre 50 % du prix moyen prÃ©vu du marchÃ© du bÃ©tail.
Lâ€™Association canadienne du bison collabore avec les producteurs et les gestionnaires du Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance afin de mettre le PPA Ã la disposition des producteurs qui commercialisent leur bison sur le marchÃ© de dÃ©tail Ã partir de leur ferme. Les producteurs dont les animaux sont abattus disposent dâ€™un dÃ©lai de 30 jours civils pour rembourser leur avance, et ce, Ã compter de la date indiquÃ©e sur le rÃ©cÃ©pissÃ© dÃ©livrÃ© par lâ€™abattoir. Le nombre de bisons abattus doit figurer sur le rÃ©cÃ©pissÃ© remis par lâ€™abattoir. Pour de plus amples renseignements et pour obtenir les formulaires de demande, visitez http://manitobalivestock.com/ ou tÃ©lÃ©phonez 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 20, 2016
Finished Bison Prices Stronger
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 with some prices higher for Grade â€œAâ€ bison bulls. Prices are being driven by strong US demand and exchange rates favoring the US. Carcasses that do not fall within buyersâ€™ specifications are discounted. U.S. buyers are offering up to $4.45 per pound US for Grade â€œAâ€ bison bulls with some prices higher. Returns to the producers are dependent on exchange rates, quality, export costs, and freight adjustments.
Grade â€œAâ€ 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 www.kramerauction.com and to the bison market section of Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Company website at www.vjvauction.com.
**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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