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Weekly Update for Bison Producers September 2, 2016
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Call for Nominations
Myrt Lenton Award

NOTE: Myrt Lenton award nominees will be maintained on the nominee list for three years. As appropriate, please re-submit any nominations made over three years ago. 
  
Any CBA member can nominate a fellow deserving member, by submitting a letter of reference to the Canadian Bison Association National Office by September 9th, 2016.  The nominees will be forwarded to the selection committee.
 
More information HERE
Welcome New CBA Employee Jessica Stone

Jessica is originally from the state of Indiana.  She has worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor in South Korea, Thailand, and Canada.  While teaching in Seoul, she met her future “Prairie boy” husband and they are now living in Regina. 

She is currently completing her Business Administration Certificate at the University of Regina and is eager to contribute to the Canadian Bison Association. 

THE WEEK IN REVIEW…


Grazing Management After Drought
Pasture management decisions after a drought situation cannot be separated from the usual pasture management plan that should be based on forage species, pasture conditions and stocking rate requirements. The right grazing management decisions should maximize your farms’ productivity and minimize any future problems. Read More HERE
 

Misbehaving Tourists Give Park Rangers Fits
Law enforcement rangers handled more than 11,000 incidents at the 10 most visited national parks in July.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park.

“They’re going to give me a heart attack,” said Gleason’s mother-in-law, Barbara Henry, as the group came within about a dozen yards of the massive animal.

The elk’s ears then 
pricked up, and it eyed the children and the Walla Walla man before leaping up a hillside.

Other tourists — likewise ignoring rules to keep 25 yards from wildlife — picked up the pursuit, snapping pictures as they pressed forward and forced the animal into headlong retreat.

Record visitor numbers at the nation’s first national park have transformed its annual summer rush into a sometimes dangerous frenzy, with selfie-taking tourists routinely breaking park rules and getting too close to Yellowstone’s storied elk herds, grizzly bears, wolves and bison. Read More HERE

New Addition to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
It had been something the late Hans Boxler, creator of the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, had long envisioned for his wildlife safari, a rare white bison.  Hans had actually planned a visit to a North Carolina farm that possessed one of the rare animals the week of his passing. Read More HERE
 
Yellowstone's Bison Breeding Season A Window To Past
HAYDEN VALLEY — Perhaps no other occurrence in Yellowstone National Park has the potential to transport visitors back in time quite like the bison breeding season.

In late July and
August visitors can park in one of the pullouts in this wide river valley, located just north of Yellowstone Lake and south of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and be amid a spectacle unlike any other.


Small bands of bison cross the Grand Loop Road between the foothills to the west and the Yellowstone River bottom to the east. If visitors can temporarily ignore the traffic, which is often backed up bumper to bumper for a mile or more, the unfolding drama resembles the early 1800s when the massive animals crowded the plains in great bellowing bands. Read More HERE
 
Did You Know
  • At Oatland, storm prep includes what to do with bison and cougar. More HERE
     
  • 40 Facts About our New National Mammal – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bison | Plus a Few Adorable Pictures. More HERE
     
  • Bison management, license revenue update on EQC agenda. More HERE
     
  • Quapaw tribe unveils plans for meat processing plant. Read More HERE
     
  • Goat Cheese Arugula Bison Burger. Read 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)
 Markets...

Weekly Price Summary
September 2, 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 are offering up to $6.00/lb. HHW for Grade “A” bison bulls with reports of offers up to $6.25/lb. HHW for finished bulls meeting specific parameters. Prices are being driven by strong US demand and exchange rates favouring the US. 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/lb. HHW to Canadian buyers.  US buyers are offering $4.30/lb. HHW in US 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
 
Myrt Lenton Memorial Award
Deadline: Sept 9, 2016
Info: HERE

OBA 2016 AGM
When: September 17
Where: Mark & Heather Shouldice, Hwy 6 outside of Shallow Lake near Wiarton
Info: HERE

American Bison Society Meeting & Workshop
When: September 26-29
Where: Banff Centre
             Banff National
             Park, AB

Info: HERE

Deadline for Liliane Kot Memorial Scholarship
October 28, 2016

2016 CCIA Traceability Symposium
When: November 2-3
Where: Calgary AB
Info: HERE

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

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

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
Traveling??!!
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.
Traveling??!!
Need 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.
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.
Order From The CBA
CBA has Logo Giftware
To View the Items click HERE
To download order form, click Here
Click  Here to go to the Canadian Bison Identification & Traceability Page.  (Recently Updated)
RFID Tags
Download Tag Order Form: 
English Form
Marketing Materials 
View Products Here
Order Form
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
Wes Olson Books
can be ordered through the CBA
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HERE
Order Form HERE
Bison Producers' Handbook
Click HERE for details
Order Form HERE


Are You & Your Family Ready for an Emergency?
For information on preparing for an emergency & what to do in specific situations go to Get Prepared website: English | Français


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