‘Most People Have Never Seen A Bison’ Watchable Wildlife’s Wayne L. Millar offers a unique service for animal lovers and photographers.
As a recognized tour guide in Elk Island National Park for 17 years, Millar assists animal lovers, amateur photographers, international tourists and outdoors enthusiasts in observing nature and wildlife in the park.
“Most people have never seen a bison,” Millar says. “Let alone one six yards away. Some people get excited, other people get really nervous.” Read More HERE
TB Testing In Alta., Sask., Should Be Done Next Month
About 26,000 animals are now quarantined in southeastern Alberta as testing for bovine tuberculosis continues.
Testing should be finished by early January, said Dr. Harpeet Kochhar, chief veterinary officer at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Dec. 7.
About 50 premises are quarantined, including five in Saskatchewan.
Animals that react to skin tests are to be humanely slaughtered, and further examination will be undertaken to see if they are diseased. No reactors have shown any signs of tuberculosis, so the CFIA is cautiously optimistic that the disease has not spread. Read More HERE
Alberta Ranchers Get Help With TB costs
The tuberculosis quarantine has prevented fall calf sales, racking up feed and water bills
About $16.7 million in assistance has been committed to Alberta ranchers to help them deal with added costs due a bovine tuberculosis quarantine.
Help is coming through the AgriRecovery program to cover added costs for feed and disinfection as well as water and feeding facilities.
It can also cover the costs of calves that might be sent to a designated feedlot, where they would stay until they are ready for market. Read More HERE
Midewin Offers Live Bison Viewing Via Webcam If you can't get out to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to see the bison herd, the beasts now can come to you and your computer screen via a 24-hour live stream.
A high-definition camera, installed 25 feet above the ground, covers areas where the bison have been known to graze. It is connected to the internet via wireless signal, and the entire system is solar-powered.
The webcam, which started streaming Friday, operates 24 hours a day. But the grazing pattern of the herd is unpredictable and there are no specific times identified as better than others for when the herd will be visible, Midewin's public affairs officer Veronica Hinke said in a news release.The bison cam can be accessed at HERE
The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) will send 1,500 bales of hay to Fort McMurray, Alberta to help equine owners stock up on feed over the winter and replace some of the hay lost in wildfires earlier this year.
Because of the wildfires the price of hay increased and generally residents of Fort McMurray pay additional charges per bale for landed transportation. Read More HERE
CFIA Proposes Changes to Animal Transport Rules The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has proposed changes to the rules for the transportation of animals.Discussions about changes to the transport regulations, most of which have been in place since 1977, have been ongoing for a number of years. The draft amendments were finally published in Canada Gazette on December 3 (read the entire proposal here.)
The proposed changes would reduce the maximum amount of time animals can be in transport without access to food, water and rest (see chart), as well as clarify definitions for terms such as “unfit” and “compromised” to help regulated parties better understand what’s expected of them and to make the requirements more easily enforceable.
The proposal is open to public comment until February 15, 2017 (more on how to submit a commenthere.) Read More HERE
Department of Livestock Keeps Watchful Eye on Canadian Tuberculosis Cases (HELENA) The Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) is actively monitoring the bovine tuberculosis (TB) investigation in Canada. In late September, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) initiated an epidemiological investigation after bovine TB was detected in a Canadian cow at a United States (US) slaughter facility.
As of December 2, 2016, there are six confirmed cases of bovine TB in Canada, including the index animal detected at slaughter in the US. Of the roughly 40 premises currently under quarantine, most are located in Southeast Alberta with about five premises in Saskatchewan. DOL has long-standing requirements that cattle coming from Canada need to be tested for TB prior to import.
“Despite what feels like close proximity of this incident, Montana cattle producers remain safe,” said Montana State Veterinarian, Marty Zaluski. “Canada’s vigorous response, combined with our requirement that Canadian cattle be TB tested before entering Montana, keeps the risk low for ranchers in the state.”
Zaluski is not planning to place additional requirements on Canadian cattle coming to Montana at this time. Read More HERE
Did You Know
Patagonia wants to save the world through beer and buffalo jerky. More HERE
With a single arrow, West Yellowstone teenage hunter bags bull bison. More HERE
Anthrax found at Indiana livestock farm. More HERE
A new way to pass on the farm that may let you sleep easier. More HERE
Brucellosis Found In 2 Bulls On Beaverhead County Ranch. Read More HERE
Ag Minister Announces Changes to FCC’s Young Farmer Loan Program. More HERE
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 HEREfor 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
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 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, visitezhttp://manitobalivestock.com/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. HEREthen 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 HEREand 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)
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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