Weekly Update for Bison Producers October 7, 2016
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Province Asked To Recognize Bison As Wildlife
History was made in Banff last week when the Buffalo Treaty returned to the national park to mark two years since it was first signed.

Taking action to bring bison back to Banff has been at the core of Bison Belong since it was founded several years ago. But Marchand said to actually restore plains bison to the landscape there needs to be a shift in our thinking of these animals as wildlife rather than domesticated livestock.

She said plains bison in Alberta are not considered wildlife under legislation currently enacted in the province. British Columbia and Saskatchewan both recognize the animal as wildlife, and Marchand said the gathering of First Nations for the signing of the Buffalo Treaty also passed a resolution calling on Premier Rachel Notley to change that situation.

“Bison are not considered wildlife in Alberta, they are not equal to the wolf, the grizzly bear, the elk or the eagle – they can only be owned or managed – why?” Marchand asked those gathered for the Buffalo Treaty event. Read More HERE

Canada Makes Three Requests At CITES
It's been more than two decades since the wood bison was considered at risk of extinction. Canada is now making a request to remove international trade controls for the species.

Wood Bison: Nix it from CITES
Canada’s making a request to remove international trade controls for the wood bison — Canada’s largest ground-roaming mammal — asking that the species no longer be bound by CITES regulations.

The wood bison is on Canada’s Species at Risk Public Registry (SARA) as “threatened,” with discussions ongoing to further downgrade its status. It’s been more than two decades since the global community has considered the species to be at risk of extinction.

Van Havre said Canada was prompted by requests from the country’s bison industry to bring this proposal to the meeting in South Africa: looking to make it administratively easier to export commercially bred bison products — for meat — to the United States.

“The demand substantially exceeds the supply,” said Terry Kremeniuk, executive director of the Canadian Bison Association. “The industry has been working hard on increasing the profile of bison as a healthy, tasty, red meat alternative for some people.” Read More HERE

Marketers Pen Edition #22
BISON is trending in Restaurants all over Canada!
Canadian Rangeland Bison is proud to be highlighted on a number of Menus. ~Here are a few you can visit while in Alberta~ Read More HERE

Southern Alberta Archeologists Excavate Ancient Feast At Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Only bones remained of a bison calf and an unknown wolflike animal that were on the menu. Several chipped or broken arrowheads were found nearby.

Although the recovery is momentous, a mystery remains, according to Dawe.
 “For some reason, the people never came back to open this object,” he said. “They prepared this delicious meal, but they never came back and ate it.

“We don’t know what interrupted the people and why they didn’t come back. It doesn’t make any sense.” Read More HERE

Protected Hay Bales Can Cut Feed Costs
With hay supplies in some parts of western Canada plentiful enough to last beyond this winter, preventing winter damage to bales is critical.

Dry conditions last year created a hay deficit, but conditions this season have been far more saturated.

Alberta for one received adequate enough moisture to experience larger than normal hay yields, which could result in a surplus to be carried over this winter and into next.

Over that time, however, bales are in danger of weather-related losses in both weight and quality. Read More HERE

Experience the Benefits of Bone Broth
Yellig’s current favorite is the Combination No. 1 with bison broth (one of the more exotic broths available on their menu). Bison broth tastes like a mild beef broth and is not gamey at all. (Yellig sources her bison bones from regional farms.) Yellig adds fats and antioxidants to this broth, which she says increases both the flavor and health benefits. Ghee, coconut butter, black cumin seed oil, fresh turmeric and black garlic salt give the soup earthiness and a bit of kick. The turmeric and black cumin seed oil have anti-inflammatory properties, and omega-3 fatty acids from the fats aid in absorbing proteins. “I always think of [this bowl] as a hug for your nervous system,” says Yellig. Read More and Get Recipes HERE

Stampeding For Bison
For ranchers, processors and distributors, bison offers a segment that has shown steady growth and continues to gain popularity.

Carter believes the consumer demand will continue to grow due to a sweet spot within three strong trends happening in food – the healthy diet, natural and sustainable food, and consumers looking for adventurous taste. Read More HERE

Yellowstone Determines Highway Patrol Official Didn't Violate Park Rules In Bison Photo
Yellowstone National Park officials determined Tuesday that a top Wyoming Highway Patrol leader did not violate park rules when he took a photo near a bison at the park.

Park officials began investigating Major Keith Groeneweg last week after he posted the photo of him posing behind a bison, possibly violating a park rule that people stay at least 25 yards from all wildlife.

Groeneweg, the third-highest official at the highway patrol, posted the photo on Facebook with the caption: “Yellowstone signs everywhere: ‘Stay 100 yards from animals. They can be dangerous.’ Keith’s translation: ‘Time to sneak up and hug a buffalo!’#YNP #ILoveWyoming.”
The photo, which Groeneweg made his profile picture, was taken during his recent vacation and shows him behind the bison with his arms outstretched as if to hug the animal. Read More HERE

Gold Trophy Show and Sale Consignments Open
Consignments are now open for the 2017 Gold Trophy Show and Sale, with entry forms posted this week on the NBA website at:

International Bison Conference 2017 Is Now Online
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How To Do Autumn In Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Bison surrounded our minivan. Big ones and little ones. Some weighing about a ton, strolling 3 feet outside my window. This was so Yellowstone.

I was spending a morning with Shauna Baron, a naturalist and guide with the Yellowstone Association, the park’s nonprofit partner in education, and we were stopped on one of the park’s main highways, heading to the Lamar Valley.

As happens so often here, traffic ahead halted when motorists spotted wildlife. But this was a little different. This herd of dozens of bison was walking on the two-lane highway, which like many roads in the park follows historic wildlife migration routes. Read More and Watch Video HERE

Did You Know
  • Meat-eating is on the rise in the United States. More HERE
  • Big Rock Ale braised Bison Chuck Recipe HERE
  • Public criticism affects farmers’ mental health. More HERE
  • How to Grill Spicy Wild Game Skewers, Plus a Roasted Yellow Pepper Sauce Recipe HERE
  • Sustainability depends on attracting youth: researcher. More HERE
  • Genetically Unique Yellowstone Bison Deserve Endangered Species Status. 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
October 7, 2016

Finished Bison Prices Continue To Be Firm

 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 $4.50/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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Upcoming Events

BPA Peace County Regional Meeting
When: October 22
Where: Grande Prairie AB
Info: HERE

Deadline for Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship
October 28, 2016
Application Form HERE
2016 CCIA Traceability Symposium
When: November 2-3
Where: Calgary AB
Info: HERE

Vold Jones & Vold Bison Auction
When: November 19, 2016
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: Contact Office or Mike Dejonge for more info/CL: 403-783-0758

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

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

Season Opener Bison Auction
When: December 7, 2016
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE

New Year's Bison Auction
When: January 17, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Vold Jones & Vold Bison Auction
When: January 21, 2017
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: Contact Office or Mike Dejonge for more info/CL: 403-783-0758

MGM Grand Genetics Bison Auction & Regular Production Auction
When: February 1, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Sweetheart Bison Auction
When: February 15, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
SBA Canadian Bison Bull Draft Auction 
When: March 3, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Cloverleaf Bison Auction
When: March 8, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE
Vold Jones & Vold Bison Auction
When: March 18, 2017
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: Contact Office or Mike Dejonge for more info/CL: 403-783-0758
Back to the Grass Bison Auction
When: May 10, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE

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

2016 CBA Memberships 

You can access the CBA membership form HERE
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Please go HERE and make this insurance program part of your annual travel plans.

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Buffalo Girl Cooks Bison
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Past Auctions/Sales

May 11, 2016
Back to the Grass Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

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

For Previous Auction Results/Summaries please go HERE
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Bison Producers' Handbook
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