Weekly Update for Bison Producers April 22, 2016
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2016 Census of Agriculture Is On The Horizon
At the beginning of May 2016, Canadian farm operators will have the chance to take part in a national dialogue by completing the Census of Agriculture questionnaire.
The Census of Agriculture is the definitive source of community-level data. By drawing on these data, decision makers will know that they are acting in the interests of farmers, farm communities and agricultural operations across Canada. More Information On The Census, What's New, etc. HERE
2016 Census of Agriculture Benefits Farmers
Farm organizations are heavy users of census data and draw on this information to formulate policy recommendations, produce communications and outreach work, and conduct market development. More Information On How The Census Information Benefits Farmers HERE

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Anthrax Found In Northern Alta.

A single case of anthrax in a beef cow has been confirmed in the Fort Vermilion area of northern Alberta.

This is early in the season for the soil borne disease to appear but hot, dry weather is suspected for releasing infectious spores, said a spokesperson for the provincial veterinarian’s office.

A spore-forming bacteria, anthrax affects cattle, bison, sheep, goats and horses. Death occurs within hours and there could be some bloody discharge.

Anthrax cases are reported in western Canada nearly every year during the summer months, usually following hot weather. 

Producers are advised to report suspicious deaths to their veterinarians because a prompt diagnosis can help prevent the spread of disease. The veterinarian can determine whether vaccination is necessary.
 Read More HERE
2016 NBA Summer Conference
When: June 20 to 22, 2016
Where: Elk River, Minnesota
An educational experience focused on sustainable agriculture and bison to foster their viability now and for generations to come.
For itinerary and registration options HERE; Agenda HERE

The host hotel Elk River Holiday Inn is taking reservations, which can be made by calling the hotel directly at 763-656-4400.  Individuals must identify themselves as being with the NBA in order to receive the special group rate of $119/night, which includes access to the hotel's Wild Wood Water Park, fun for both the young and old.

Conference Highlights: Please take a look at the conference agenda as well, which lives up to the theme of "Bison - America's Soil Builders" and can be viewed here.  You'll see the conference is packed with top-notch speakers and activities that everyone can take something away from, and is sure to be a great conference draw. Further, the Minnesota Buffalo Association is known for its  quality educational events and this is no exception, as such we're expecting a big crowd. With nearly three full days of great programming, unbeatable networking and culinary adventures, the 2016 Summer Conference should not be missed. Please join us for this family-friendly event and trade show.

Exhibitors: Reserve your space now to exhibit your buffalo/bison wares and services to the most targeted audience you're going to find in the bison business. Over 200 bison enthusiasts attend our summer conference trade show, providing an unbeatable opportunity to get your product in front of a lot of potential clients for just $150. Note, this is half off the booth fee at our annual Winter Conference in Denver.
Register at

Exhibit hours for the 2016 Summer Conference at the Rockwood Grill and Event Center include Monday, June 20, from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.,  and Wednesday from 8 a.m. - noon. Spaces are approximately 8' x 8' and will include one 6' skirted table with two chairs.Setup is Monday morning from 7 am - 9:30 am. Tear down is Wednesday afternoon. Space is limited and provided on a first come, first served basis. Electricity available upon request. Please send questions/comments to, or call 303-292-2833. Please register by June 1, 2016.

Marketer's Pen
It’s been a while since the team here at Canadian Rangeland has shared – yet we are excited to be back and part of the industry conversation through our now monthly Marketers Pen articles.

Today, The Rangeland Salesforce is taking the next steps by empowering our customers to use a real-time platform for customer service. Last year we launched a new website, and now we are introducing a new On-Line Customer Resource Hub! The Customer Resource Hub can be found on our webpage, and from there customers can download items like; company brochures, claim forms, company policies, spec sheets, animal welfare audit, halal certification, and more. Read More HERE

Location, Location, Location: Some Bison Are On The Move
Spring is not the usual time to be thinking about hunting bison. However, a recent report of a half dozen buffalo on the Richardson Highway near Sourdough caught my attention. Where did these animals come from and why would they travel to that area?

First — there is no real telling why animals decide to pick up and change locations. There have been reports of red fox and lynx — animals normally associated with relatively small home ranges — traveling for many hundreds of miles. Bison in Alaska tend to make seasonal movements based on their food supply, but these movements are fairly predictable.

The largest herd of bison in the state, in the Delta Junction area, routinely travels from its winter range east of town to the summering area on the Delta River. The lack of snow this past winter allowed some of the bison to remain on the river flat and along the windblown ridges near Donnelly. The Copper River herd, which numbers about 150 animals, calls the Dadina River its home range. This herd normally stays put. I thought it unusual to hear of bison up by Sourdough.

That seems like a long way to travel — and it is, by highway — but it's only 50-60 miles if one goes straight across country; not much for a critter. Snow levels all over Alaska were light. That meant feed for grazing animals was easy to come by. Normal winter ranges were not nearly as restricted as in some years. There is no reason an adventuresome group of animals would not strike out on its own.

The wood bison, recently moved from the Portage holding facility, to the Yukon area near Shageluk, have stayed near the area of their release — except for two cows. These cows have moved a considerable distance. One has taken up residence near Galena and another has traveled to the Bethel area. According to McGrath biologist Josh Pierce, recently transplanted animals have had their world shaken up and it is not uncommon to see considerable movement. Read More HERE

Spotted: Alaska's First Wild-born Wood Bison in Over a Century
Alaska’s first wild-born wood bison calves were spotted by wildlife biologists Monday, representing a major success for the experimental reintroduction of a species, which has long been extinct in the Last Frontier.

“It was a wonderful sight. What it meant to me is the beginning of those animals being truly wild,” said wildlife biologist Tom Seaton, head of the program with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which first posted the news on its Facebook page. 

Wood bison have been extinct in Alaska for more than a century. Last spring, Fish and Game released a herd raised in captivity into the wild. In the year that followed, some bison died, while calves bred in captivity joined the herd. Read More HERE

Bison Rescued From Floodwaters Of Bear Creek
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It was another image of an animal struggling to escape flood waters Thursday afternoon and it was hard to watch.

A dark spot in the water that covered Bear Creek Park was a bison. SkyEye 13 hovered for several minutes and moved on.

What wasn't captured from the air was a group of workers for Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack, staging a rescue mission to rescue Buffy the bison. Read More and Watch Video HERE

Woman In Bison Video Under Investigation By Law Enforcement
I’m sure you’ve heard this by now: late last week, a visitor in Yellowstone National Park had a brush with danger trying to pet a bison.

In a video that’s been making the rounds (here courtesy of the Billings Gazette), a woman was seen attempting to pet a bison lounging near the boardwalk.

The woman was rather fortunate that bison didn’t decide to rear up and toss/gore her.

But according to KPAX, she may not be so fortunate if law enforcement catches up to her. Yellowstone spokesperson Amy Bartlett said officers are investigating the incident, although she did not say whether the woman has been identified. Read More HERE

Bison Tours A Prairie Good Time For Visitors
MANKATO — Minneopa State Park’s bison tours have been a resounding hit this spring, with next to no spots to spare on the full busloads to view the bison herds that arrived last fall.

The tours started earlier this month, with interest charging in to the tune of some 600 people on the waiting list. The last tours are Sunday, and yes, they’re full.

The draw for all of this interest is, of course, the majestic herd of bison on site.

Scott Kudelka, Naturalist at Minneopa State Park, said the size and rarity of the animals just seems to pique people’s curiosity.

“We could’ve probably done 40 tours and still had people interested,” he said. “It’s been that popular.”

This despite the fact visitors can drive through the range on their own starting May 1. Many may not have wanted to wait that long, but those attending Saturday said they came also for the information and history that comes along with viewing the bison as part of the tours. Kudelka, as tour leader, provides the tidbits, from the park’s goals of expanding the herd to 30 to 40 bison, to the difference between bison and buffalo. Read More HERE

Pokin Around: Where the Deer and the American Bison Play
Jake Diemer stands on the safe side of a fortified fence separating him from his herd of 38 American bison, commonly called buffalo.

He wears a blue Western-style shirt and cowboy hat. His cowboy boots have more than a few miles on them.

Diemer, 61, is bushy haired with mutton-chops from a bygone century.

He perches on a rung and studies the bull of the herd, a 2,200-pound beast with a head the size of a filing cabinet.

"It always gets me as to how curious they are," he says. "They just stare at you.”

In fact, after an afternoon meal, the buffalo form a semicircle and observe us with their big, dark eyes.

Diemer tells the bull: "I know what you're thinking, 'Why don't you get down from that fence and step in here?''

It's been five years since Diemer bought his first 18 buffalo off of Craigslist from a guy in Marshfield. Read More HERE

Behind The Shot: “Yellowstone Bison” By Jeff West – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park commands a powerful presence. The awe-inspiring grandeur of our first national park is a wildlife photographer’s gold mine. For me, it was a place to capture not only the beauty of these animals, but animals in their natural habitat—what I term ”wildlife landscapes.”

On a weeklong trip through the Tetons and Yellowstone, I spent some time at the Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faithful. I arose early to get outside before sunrise in anticipation of what photographic opportunities might await. I walked out toward the Old Faithful Geyser and was able to catch a well-timed eruption at sunrise. But what really got my attention was the bison that suddenly appeared next to me on the boardwalk that surrounds the geyser.

I always try to envision the perfect shot, whether it’s a foreground element that leads the eye into the photo, a water reflection, or a particular animal behavior. Sometimes I get lucky, but great shots come to fruition more often with an anticipatory thought process. Anticipate everything. All elements of the shot, from camera settings, ISO, pre-focus, composition elements, and even buffer capacity, should be considered. The more that’s anticipated the greater the success rate. With practice it becomes second nature.

For my shot of this bison, I followed from a safe distance for about an hour prior to this photograph. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • Want your pastures to handle a drought year? Do things the ‘redneck’ way. More HERE
  • Minnesota ranch may be home to rare 'white bison'. 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
April 22, 2016

Finished Bison Prices Holding

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 prices that equate to $6.00 per pound Canadian. 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 are pricing animals in US dollars that equates to $5.75 Canadian.

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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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

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?
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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

April 16, 2016
Bison Auction by Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report Unavailable at this time.

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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Bison Producers' Handbook
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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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