Weekly Update for Bison Producers April 1, 2016
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Livestock Cash Advance
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 link: including other organizations that may have expanded the commodities for which they offer Cash Advances.

Bison Herd To Be Moved From Alberta To Montana As Part Of Treaty Agreement
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than 140 years ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.

The shipment of animals from Alberta's Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation follows a 2014 treaty among tribes in the United States and Canada. That agreement aims to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions once roamed.

"For thousands of years the Blackfeet lived among the buffalo here. The buffalo sustained our way of life, provided our food, clothing, shelter," Blackfeet Chairman Harry Barnes said. "It became part of our spiritual being. We want to return the buffalo."

The 89 plains bison, also known as buffalo, will form the nucleus of a herd that tribal leaders envision will soon roam freely across a vast landscape: the Blackfeet reservation, nearby Glacier National Park and the Badger-Two Medicine wilderness -- more than 4,000 square miles combined. Read More HERE

How Does A Bison Get Airborne? Make A Pest Of Itself In An Alaska Village
Things were bustling in the small village of Grayling on the Yukon River late last month when a number of residents helped Alaska Department of Fish and Game staffers move a young but stubborn 5-year-old bison out of the village he’d taken a liking to.

Dubbed Bull 132, the animal was among the former residents of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage that were released June 25 with 17 other bulls 4 miles upstream of Shageluk on the west bank of the Innoko River. It’s about 22 miles from Shageluk to Grayling.

Students waited impatiently in their classrooms as Fish and Game biologists explained how they were going to anesthetize and move Bull 132, an animal the students of Grayling had grown to care for in the previous three weeks. They fed and watered it while preparations were made to move the bison that seemed to be stuck in the community of about 200 residents.

Before long, Yukon Helicopters arrived, approaching up the river in a massive Huey airship, the loud "wop, wop wop" of rotors cutting the air. By 1 p.m., half of the village had viewed the giant red bird sitting on the airport ramp. Then they moved to the bison pen to help with the loading. Read More HERE

Family Witnesses First Bison Of Season Born On Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
A drive through the countryside led to a rare sighting for a Tulsa family and a grandfather visiting from Texas last weekend.

George Perdue and his family apparently saw the first calf born this season on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve north of Pawhuska on Easter Sunday.

“It was just minutes after the baby was born,” Perdue said. “She was still cleaning it and the baby was still wrapped in the afterbirth and the umbilical cord was still there.”

The birth was the first reported on the preserve this year and is one of about 600 to 700 more to come in the next few weeks, according to Katie Hawk, communications director for the 39,000-acre Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Read More HERE

Why Bison Meat Is Rising In Popularity Among Runners
Meat lovers rejoice! Low in fat and sugar but packed with protein, red meat is finally back in action if you are eating bison.

Only a few years ago, bison was considered an exotic, expensive dish because of its rarity. But with farm-to-table and clean eating growing on today’s menu, chefs, meat butchers and food manufacturers are making this red meat more accessible to eat.

From creative cuisines and recipes to pre- and post-workout snacks, get the inside scoop on why a juicy slab is trendy this year. Read More HERE

All Grassfed Up And Wondering Where To Go
While attention in Washington, D.C. focuses on the GMO labeling battle in Congress, a coalition of agricultural organizations and consumer groups are embroiled in a fight with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over another labeling issue: grassfed meat.

This week, nine agricultural and consumer organizations issued a joint letter to the USDA urging the agency to develop new guidance on the labeling of grass-fed meat.  Well, not exactly “new” guidance. Rather, the groups simply want the USDA keep enforcing a standard that it recently announced it was revoking.

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service surprised nearly everyone in January by announcing it was withdrawing the grass-fed label standard it had developed with much fanfare in 2007. That standard required that products labeled as USDA Grassfed be sourced from animals that were raised exclusively on a diet of grass, forbs (plants like alfalfa), browse (shrubs), or cereal grain crops without the seed heads. Read More HERE

A Good Aprilfool's Story: Despite Injuries, Laurel Bison Run Considered A Big Success
LAUREL — Despite injuries to numerous participants and several spectators, Laurel city officials were beaming with pride Thursday after a wildly successful “Running of the Bison” event.

“It was fantastic,” said Laurel Mayor Mark Mace, who came up with the idea for the dangerously alluring event, which he hopes will become an annual affair. “Sure, some people were hurt, but we’re a tough bunch, and everyone agreed it was great for Laurel.”

The herd of 30 bison, loaned to Laurel for the day by cable news magnate Ted Turner, thundered into town down East Main Street, after being unloaded from cattle cars in the Laurel train yard.

Driven by a group of volunteer cowboys from Brockway, the shaggy behemoths charged through downtown Laurel while 15 to 20 local daredevils ran for their lives ahead of the unpredictable and surprisingly fleet animals.

Mostly dressed in white pants and shirts and sporting red bandannas—a nod to Pamplona, Spain, where the “Running of the Bulls” dates back to the Middle Ages—the runners alternately provoked and dodged the infuriated bison. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • Chipotle Chocolate Bison Chili Recipe HERE
  • Yellowstone Bison Operations Come To A Close For 2016. More HERE
  • Researchers Look for Corn and Find Bison Bones Instead. 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

March 30, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a financial loan guarantee program that gives producers easier access to credit through cash advances. The program is designed to increase marketing opportunities for eligible producers of agricultural products by improving their cash-flow. APP guarantees the repayment of cash advances issued to producers against their agricultural product(s). Read More HERE

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

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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)

Only One Tag Approved For Bison
Effective April 1, 2014
Read More HERE (Scroll down the page)

Advance Payment Program
Since inception, the Canadian Bison Association Advance Payments Program has extended over 250 loans for almost $27.0 million.  A majority of the funds extended were interest free. To obtain an advance under the program go to  or call 1-866-869-4008.

Weekly Price Summary
April 1, 2016

Finished Bison Prices Remain Strong

With the Canadian dollar showing some strength, 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 and certain Canadian Buyers are offering up to $4.35/lb. HHW U.S. for grade “A” bulls with returns dependent on exchange rates, quality, export costs, and freight adjustments.

UTM Grade “A” bison heifers in the desirable weight range are selling for up to $5.75/lb. HHW to Canadian buyers with prices being driven by $US prices and exchange rates. U.S. buyers are offering $4.20 U.S. with returns dependent on exchange rates, quality and export costs.

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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It's getting to be that time of year!
Upcoming Events

Great Spirit Bison Breeding Stock Trophy Show & Sale
When: April 1 -2,
Where: Brandon MB
Poster: HERE

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

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

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Past Auctions/Sales

March 19, 2016
BPA Wildrose Show & Sale Results HERE

March 9, 2016
Cloverleaf Kramer Bison Auction 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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