Weekly Update for Bison Producers December 23, 2016
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Bison Handling Code Seeks Public Comment
The draft code of practice for the care and handling of bison has been released for public comment and will be open for input until Jan. 19.

Comments must be made on-line, where people can also review a report from the scientific committee that summarized research on priority welfare topics for bison.

Comments made will be reviewed by the committee, which will alter the draft as needed and expects to release the final version in spring 2017.

The draft can be found at

Looking For An Opportunity In Livestock? Bison Have A Lot To Offer
This mighty Prairie ruminant is the complete package when it comes to meeting demand for grass-fed, all-natural meat that comes with a great story.

One of the most interesting animals in North America is bison.

A ruminant that used to wander our Prairies in the millions has been reduced to around 500,000 head, many in pens on farms. Rugged and remarkable, these ‘knowledge keepers’ have much to teach us about nature itself.

Bison love space and they travel as a close-knit clan. Their natural ability to graze as a mob had great impact on the tender areas of the prairie. In fact, when I recently visited Alberta’s special areas, the first thing that came to my mind was how the ground could use a million head of bison for rejuvenation. The impact of manure and their less selective graze would be helpful. Read More HERE

Bison Boom
These Stoic Animals Require Less Handling Than Cattle.

It’s no longer a rarity to find the animals that once roamed America’s Wild West – bison -– grazing on farms, stocked in grocery stores, and featured on restaurant menus. 

The U.S. Census of Agriculture now includes bison (American buffalo) in its reports because of the industry’s growing popularity. South Dakota tops the list of states with over 33,000 bison.

More ranchers and farmers are becoming interested in raising these stoic animals, says Jonathan Harding of Golden Bison Company, whose trade name is High Plains Bison, in Denver, Colorado. Read More HERE

Canada’s Bison: Restoring a Legacy
The Plains bison's (Bison bison bison) struggle back from the edge of extinction is one of the great stories in North American conservation history. This video features the central role Parks Canada has and continues to play in the restoration of Plains bison to its native range in several National Parks. Video HERE
A Different Kind Of Bison Down The Road
Cold-weather chores keep Lyndall Winter busy this time of year.

The Muscatine County rancher recently woke up to two broken heaters and a defunct water pump at his business. On top of that, his tractor wouldn’t start.

Winter, a veteran livestock farmer, raises bison on his property, about 3.5 miles west of Blue Grass off U.S. 61, and processes them for meat.

Well, he formerly processed them on site, but not anymore. He said he can’t find a qualified meat cutter willing to work more than 20 hours a week.

So, he trucks his bison, up to six head a week, to a butcher in Durant and another in Osage, Iowa, almost 200 miles north of the Quad-Cities. Read More HERE

Where The Bison Roam: Bitterroot Bison Sees Growing Demand
LOLO – It’s not a bad idea to keep your head on a swivel when walking anywhere near a herd of bison.

There’s a growing number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park who will attest to that.

Closer to Missoula, the owner of Bitterroot Bison has plenty of experience when it comes to the critters that reach upwards of 2,000 pounds of lightning-fast fury.

 “They can be a little unpredictable,” said Troy Westre as he finished posing for a photo with the 2,000-pound former bottle baby bull he calls Dozer. Read More HERE

Hot Springs State Park Puts 9 Bison Up For Sale
If you've been in the market for a bison, now's your chance.

The Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis is accepting written bids for nine bison from the state herd through 5 p.m. Jan. 10. The animals up for purchase include three bull calves, five heifer calves and one yearling bull.

This sale has taken place annually for at least 50 years.

A prime reason for this sale is to control the numbers in the state bison herd on the pasture, which is located both in the Hot Springs State Park and in Bear River State Park in Evanston.

“Pasture size is relevant to herd size,” said Hot Springs State Park Superintendent Kevin Skates. Read More HERE

2016 Bison Roundup Results for Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
The 23rd Annual Bison Roundup at the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska concluded in November with a total count of 2,449 bison, 561 of which were calves. The roundup, which takes about a week, is the only time the bison are gathered and confined on the prairie. Consisting of almost 40,000 acres near Pawhuska in Osage County, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left in the world!

The roundup permits the Conservancy to perform various scientific studies and ensure the health of the herd. All heifer calves are vaccinated against brucellosis. All keeper animals are vaccinated for several bovine diseases and treated for external and internal parasites. For research and record-keeping purposes, each individual bison in the herd is identified with an ear-tag transponder. Read More HERE
Bison Workshop Set For January 6-7
From the Montana Bison Association
GREAT FALLS — Montana Bison Association Winter Conference and Workshop Slated for January 6 and 7 for Holiday Inn. You don’t have to own bison to attend, matter of fact everyone is welcome to register. Montana Bison Association (MBA) feels that this would be a great time for bison producers, cattle producers, red meat consumers and the simply curious to find out more about bison and about the people in Montana who raise them. Read More HERE

USDA Releases Comprehensive Report Conducted on Bison Health and Management
Bison 2014 Report Called 'Deepest Dive Ever' Into Bison Ranching 

Westminster, CO (December 23, 2016) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  this week released the final report on the most comprehensive study ever conducted on the health and management practices on United States bison farms and ranches.

The 200-page report, entitled Bison 2014 - Health and Management Practices on U.S. Ranched-Bison Operations, is the result of a three-year comprehensive epidemiological study of the American bison herd spearheaded by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The epidemiological study was initiated after the National Bison Association submitted a formal request to USDA in 2013.

"Bison 2014 represents the deepest dive into modern bison business ever conducted," said NBA Executive Director Dave Carter. "The information in this report will provide herd managers, bison association leaders, and public policy makers with some significant information regarding the key areas for focusing public and private resources."

The final report notes, "The Bison 2014 study was conducted in all States and provides information on health and management practices on U.S. ranched-bison operations to study participants, stakeholders, and the bison industry as a whole. Most estimates in this report refer to the reference period of July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014."

The two-year study covered a broad range of issues, including current management practices, bison reproduction, herd health management practices, and disease testing, and population estimates.  

A complete version of the Bison 2014 study is available at:

Crane Trust Legacy Herd Bison Thrive In Second Year In Platte Valley
ALDA — Do bison skip? Or jump for joy?

Maybe not. However, seven bison seemed excited last week to be released from a pen into a pasture east of the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center at the Alda Interstate 80 exit.

Eastbound I-80 travelers may catch glimpses of the prairie icons, but only if the bison are grazing mowed areas at the highway end of the pasture and not hidden in bison-high grass that covers most of the 60-acre site.

The bison are part of the Crane Trust Legacy Herd. The rare genetically pure bison have a direct lineage to the Yellowstone National Park herd that has been federally protected since 1894. Read More HERE

Major Donation Helps Effort To Preserve Rare Albino Bison In Jamestown
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—The effort to preserve and display a rare albino bison at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown has received a boost thanks to a sizeable donation.

Dave and JoAnn Vining, owners of Vining Oil in Jamestown, donated $30,000 toward the $50,000 goal of preserving White Cloud, an albino bison that died Nov. 14 at the Shirek Buffalo Ranch near Michigan, N.D. White Cloud was 19 years old and spent most of her life with the herd at the National Buffalo Museum.

"We just thought the white buffalo is very rare and it's a historical treasure that we want to help preserve," said JoAnn Vining. "White Cloud has been very important for Jamestown and she has brought a lot of business and tourism to our area." Read More HERE

Q&A - Bison, Rick Wallen
Rick Wallen has been the lead wildlife biologist for the bison program at Yellowstone National Park since 2002. He holds a Master of Science in Wildlife Management from Montana State University. Prior to his work in Yellowstone, Wallen worked in ungulate management programs at Grand Teton, Redwood and Bryce Canyon national parks.

In this Q&A series, Rick answers a range of questions about the challenges of bison conservation and the park's management goals. Videos HERE  Frequently Asked Questions and Answers HERE

Did You Know
  • Visitors stampede to see bison on the Indiana prairie. More HERE
  • Slow-Cooker Bison Stew Recipe HERE
  • TB testing to continue into January. More HERE

CBA News and Events...

The Canadian Bison Association Board Re- Elects Sharif Fahmy as Board Chair and President
At its meeting of December 6, 2016, the Canadian Bison Association Board of Directors re-elected Sharif Fahmy to serve for a second term as Board Chair and President.
2016 Bison Awards
A video of the 2016 CBA Convention Banquet and Awards can be seen HERE

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
December 23, 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.

Mature bulls and cows are trading in the marketplace at up to $5.25/lb. Canadian. 

**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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Merry Christmas
Upcoming Events

New Year's Bison Auction
When: January 11, 2017
Where: Kramer's Big Bid Barn - North Battleford, SK
Info: HERE

Deadline for 2016 CBA Photo Contest
January 16, 2017
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2017 NBA Winter Convention and Gold Trophy Show & Sale
When: January 18-21, 2017
Where: Denver CO
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

BPA Wildrose Convention and Bison Show & Sale
When: March 17-18, 2017
Where: Ponoka AB
Info: TBA
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

2017 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.
Order From The CBA
Click  Here to go to the Canadian Bison Identification & Traceability Page.  
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Past Auctions/Sales

December 7, 2016
Season Opener Kramer Bison Auction Results HERE

November 26, 2016
Bison Auction by Vold, Jones and Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Market Summary Report HERE

November 22, 2016
2016 Canadian National Show & Sale Market Summary Report HERE

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

For Previous Auction Results/Summaries please go HERE
Wes Olson Books
can be ordered through the CBA
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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

Sales Arena

Upcoming Bison Auctions
Kramer Auction
North Battleford SK

New Year’s Bison Auction 
**January 11, 2017
**Note Date Change**

+/- 250 head of calves, yearlings and cows

Pen space available
Consign now!

MGM Grand Genetics & Regular Production Auction
February 1, 2017

Silver Creek Bison-Nolan Miller; Bison Spirit Ranch-Trevor Gompf;
Elk Valley Ranches-Frank & Neil McAllister

+/- 6 Semen tested bulls
+/- 70 Preg tested bred females
Feeder stock – Consign your calves & yearlings

This is your opportunity to buy premium genetics that 
have been proven year after year in the bison industry.  Buy from these reputable, long time producers and know you’ll be investing into the building blocks of your herd.

Sweetheart Bison Auction
February 15, 2017

+/-450 head of calves and yearlings 
Pen space available
Consign now! 

Sale features large Pure Wood Bison consignment from Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch c/o Brad Ramstead of Fort McMurray AB, as well as, Plains & Wood consignments from numerous other reputable producers including:
Bell Creek Ranch
Big Medicine Bison Ranch
JT Bison
Hanging Maple Ranch
Jackfish Creek Buffalo
Ernie Griffin
Max Bru
Mike Mrdjenovich
Eastview Bison
K-Seven Farms


Bison Haysavers for Sale

When hay is at a premium you don't want to waste a blade!



After the bale is gone virtually no waste!

We have had very good luck with these feeders.

Becky Taylor
Co Owner/Operator
Affordable Livestock Equipment/Taylor Farms Inc.
PH: 1-844-500-5341

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