Canadian Bison Association Convention and National Show & Sale a Great Success
Over 200 people attended the 33rd Canadian Bison Association Convention and the 24th National Show and Sale.
2016 CBA Convention
The theme of the convention "Building the Industry - Growing the Herd"; was supported by several presentations including a keynote presentation by Brenda Schoepp titled "The Return of Bison to the North American Table."
This combined with sessions on mentorship, range and pasture management, communication, the Bison Code of Practice and trade provided a great foundation for "Building the Industry - Growing the Herd."
There were several awards handed out. The 2016 Myrt Lenton Memorial Award - an award established to recognize members of the Canadian Bison Association who have "unselfishly given their time and tireless effort to promote quality participation, the generous sharing of personal talents to maintain and give purpose to the membership" went to Dr. Murray Woodbury for his work and leadership in the bison industry through his role as the Specialized Livestock Health and Production Research Chair at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon; a position he has occupied for 18 years.
Todd Dowd and Dr. Woodbury
The Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship - a scholarship established in Liliane's memory based on qualities that Liliane held dear. This year, with the benefit of an anonymous donor two scholarships were offered. Colton Lewis from Alberta was the recipient of one scholarship with Danielle Moran from Manitoba being the second recipient.
This year there was a junior judging competition that was organized by Brett Kot and Stephanie Sylvestre. There were a dozen participants and establishes a great foundation to develop future judges for the industry.
Canadian Bison Association First Video Bison Auction Exceeds Expectations
A total of 54 bison consigned by 14 bison producers from Western Canada were sold by video auction at the Canadian Bison Association's 24th National Show and Sale in Regina.
The bison entered into this show and sale this year represented some of the finest stock in Canada. They were judged by Brian Olfert from Beznson Alberta and John Cammack from Stoneville South Dakota.
"This is the first video auction held for bison since the Canadian National Bison Show and Sale began in 1993" stated Nolan Miller, Chair of the bison show and sale committee. "We are very pleased with the results" he added. The 2016 sale average was $8,032 compared to $6,987 in 2015 - a 15% increase.
The Bouffioux family of XY Bison from Fort St. John BC captured top honours in the two-year old bull category with their bull selling for $20,000 to Keegan Kitzul of Roaming K Bison. The top selling bull sold to Greg Pagan for $35,000 and was consigned by the Gompf family of Bison Spirit Ranch from Oak Lake Manitoba.
The first place yearling bull was consigned by the Byrns family of Rough Bark Bison and Shankowsky Family of Big Country Bison for $18,000.
The first place two-year old bred heifer was consigned by the Miller family of the Silver Creek Bison Ranch and sold for $8,500 to Shale Creek Bison. The top yearling heifer also consigned by the Silver Creek Bison Ranch sold for $9,000 to the White family owners of Borderland Agriculture.
The Silver Creek Bison Ranch of Binscarth Manitoba captured the Premier Breeder Award.
The first place pen of two bred heifers was consigned by The Silver Creek Bison Ranch and sold to Robert Johnson of RJ Game Farm for $6,600 each. The first place pen of two heifers were consigned by the Rough Bark Bison Ranch and sold to Nathan Scott from Beldon Bison Ranch.
The Online Sale Broadcast was handled by Direct Livestock Marketing System (DLMS), with Brennin Jack of Heartland Livestock Services.
For complete sale results go to:
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THE WEEK IN REVIEW…
Bison Sale Strong At Agribition
The Canadian National Bison Sale kicked off the sales at Canadian Western Agribition Nov. 22. It was the first in the new John Deere sale arena, which replaced the Auditorium. It was also the first time the bison were sold by video.
A strong bison sale kicked off the action in the Canadian Western Agribition sale ring Tuesday. Read More HERE
Future Looking Bright For Bison Producers In Saskatchewan
There’s a high demand for bison meat these days – and producers are happy to be getting a piece of the action.
Did You Know
Les Kroeger took a gamble investing in the bison industry 26 years ago, but now his hard work is paying off.
“We had to look at ways to make enough money to keep ourselves on the farm,” Kroeger said. “Bison was a new industry up and coming, and it looked like it had a lot of great potential.” Read More or Watch Video HERE
Draft Bison Code of Practice Released For Public Comment
(Lacombe, AB) 21 November 2016 – The Canadian Bison Association and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the launch of the public comment period on the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Bison. The public comment period allows stakeholders – bison producers, consumers and others with an interest in the welfare of bison - to view the draft Code and provide input to the final Code.
The draft Code and the public comment system are now accessible at: www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/bison. All comments must be submitted through the online system. The public comment period closes on January 19, 2017. The Code Development Committee will consider the submitted comments after the close of the comment period and the plan is that the final bison Code of Practice will be released by spring 2017.
Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals are the result of a unique consensus-based, multi-stakeholder approach used across various agricultural sectors, which brings together all relevant stakeholders with responsibility for animal care standards. Read More: News Release English HERE News Release French HERE
Custer State Park Sale
The Custer State Park sale last Saturday showed a continued strong live market for bison with all classes bringing higher prices than a year ago. Please see the following report from NBA's Director at Large, Karen Conley, who clerked the sale.
See the full results here:
Cooper: Bringing Bison Into Banff National Park Is A Silly And Expensive Experiment
Section 4 of the National Parks Act (1930), which still defines the purpose of Banff National Park, states that national parks “are dedicated to the people of Canada for their benefit, education and enjoyment,” subject to various regulations, and “shall be maintained and made use of so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
The balance between current and future enjoyment, never easy to maintain, is usually referred to as the dual mandate. Tourists come to ski, hike or gaze, but if too many show up, the natural value of the park will be compromised.
Many wilderness conservationists over the past generation sought to skew the regulations toward preservation or restoration of wilderness rather than enjoyment. They call this ecological integrity. Read More HERE
The CFIA Has Confirmed Five New Findings Of TB In Alberta Cattle
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms that bovine tuberculosis (TB) has been found in five new cows, since the investigation began late Sept. with one infected cow. Read More HERE
Marketer’s Pen Edition #24
Visitors worldwide spend time on the farm.
Guests worldwide have had the opportunity to spend time at our farm this summer. September 2016 was a busy month as we hosted guests from both Switzerland and Poland on two separate occasions.
On both occasions guests arrived at the home of Steven and Michelle Lunty, where they lined up to load themselves into the back of pickup trucks to be escorted to pastures rich with bison. Beaming with anticipation, guests seated themselves on hay bales as they were about to get up close and personal with the bison. Read More HERE
Auction Keeps Herd Managable
Wranglers with long wooden poles darted out from behind steel plates in three corners of the square pen, waving them in the air to steer bison back to the gate from which they had entered.
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge hosts a public bison auction once a year, working with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to thin the herd that welcomes dozens of baby bison each spring.
"Calving season depends on a lot of different factors," said Stuart Schrag, public lands division director for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Read More HERE
Drought-hit Tax Deferral Zones Named
Ottawa has seen enough drought in parts of southwestern Alberta, southern and eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec to offer deferrals on their ranchers’ 2016 income tax from breeding livestock sales.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Tuesday released the federal government’s initial list of municipalities designated for the 2016 deferral. Read More HERE
A Full And Robust Traceability System Still Years Away
A national traceability system covering the entire country would pay major benefits — but it currently has far too many gaps, says a senior traceability official.
“The creation of a system has to be national in scope,” said Rick Frederickson, director of animal welfare and national traceability initiatives with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “We need system consistency across jurisdictions so we can respond province to province in a larger event.”
A national system has been slow to develop because of the diversity of animal agriculture and regulatory differences between provinces. Read More HERE
New Era Of Traceability Needs To Involve The Consumer
One of Canada’s best-known food experts says that while farmers and the ag sector are trying hard to connect with consumers, they’re not pulling it off.
And they’ll need to do better because customer engagement is critical in the new “era of supply chain transparency,” Sylvain Charlebois told the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency’s inaugural Traceability Symposium.
“I meet a lot of producer groups and they do great work — they want to connect with people,” said Charlebois, a professor and the dean of management at Dalhousie University.
“But a lot of what I see are farmers talking to themselves on social media or in groups. They try to connect with consumers, but they are really advocating. They aren’t listening to what consumers are concerned about.” Read More HERE
- CFIA Bovine Tuberculosis (Bovine TB) investigation Update. 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 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 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 http://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. 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
November 25, 2016
Finished Bison Prices 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 $4.60/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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