Weekly Update for Bison Producers December 2, 2016
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Market Report From the November 26, 2016 Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Bison Auction HERE

Bison Prices Strong At National Sale

Video footage of sale animals a success

Prices at last week’s Canadian National Bison sale were 15 percent higher than last year, buoyed by a $35,000 high-seller.

Sale chair Nolan Miller from Silver Creek Bison at Binscarth, Man., said organizers were expecting prices to be as strong as last year or higher.

“It’s a meat-driven industry and we’re at all-time highs with the rail price,” he said.

“It’s over $6 a pound now, Canadian, on the rail.”

Producers are spending money to improve their genetics because they are making money on their meat animals, he said. Read More HERE

Bison Demand Continues to Grow
Consumer demand for bison is continuing to increase across the country. Representatives from the National Bison Association made a presence at NAFB Trade Talk to discuss the booming demand in this unique industry.

“We are continually getting our supply outstripped by our demand,” said Dick Gehring, Vice President, National Bison Association, in an interview during Trade Talks.

According to Gehring, bison meat is gaining acclaim from cardiologists, nutritionists, and consumers looking to “eat green.” He also says that farmed bison remain wild and that the association is not actively working to domesticate them. Read More and Listen to Interview HERE

Mycoplasma: What Can We Do About It?
When talking to feedlot owners and backgrounders, one question almost always comes up: “is there anything new out there to combat mycoplasma?”

There are things being worked on, but it is not an easy fix.

Researchers have found that certain procedures, vaccines and handling animals in ways that limit stress (often easier said than done) can go a long way in reducing incidents. 

When cases arise, decisions need to made early on whether to treat, ship or euthanize for the welfare of the calf. 

In the bison industry, mycoplasma is almost always a primary pathogen and can cause considerable death loss in native populations of calves, cows and bulls. There appears to be immunity established once the disease goes through, but death losses can reach high levels on initial exposure.
 Read More HERE

Reservation Ranchers Struggle To Keep Buffalo Alive Amid N.D. Pipeline Protests
The anti-pipeline protesters descending by the hundreds on rural North Dakota in support of the Standing Rock Sioux aren’t necessarily standing with Beverly Fischer. Or her dead buffalo.

An enrolled tribal member, Mrs. Fischer and her husband, Ernie, are convinced that at least 13 of their bison have been butchered, barbecued and eaten by some of the hundreds of activists trespassing through the livestock pastures of Cannonball Ranch since the protests erupted in August.

In one day, the Fischers had three buffalo drop dead after hundreds of protesters on Highway 1806 panicked the herd in a clash with Morton County law enforcement.

“They’re honking their car horns. Then the police are there, and the protesters are yelling and screaming and chanting, and the buffalo are across the ditch in the pasture, and they’re just running because they don’t know what to do,” said Mrs. Fischer.

“They’re just running in big circles throughout the pastures,” she said. “By the end of the day, three were gone.” Read More HERE

CFIA Triples 'High Risk' Bovine TB Farm List
Federal officials say at least 10,000 cattle are going to slaughter as a result of a bovine tuberculosis outbreak in western Canada.

Dr. Harpeet Kochhar, chief veterinary officer with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said the animals are from some of the ranches that are under quarantine in southeastern Alberta.

"Roughly, if I was going to make an estimate of the number, it would be in the range of around 10,000 probably," he said Monday. Read More HERE

Ranchers To Get Compensation For TB Quarantine
The cattle in quarantine cannot be sold, and Ottawa is offering financial assistance with winter feeding costs

Financial assistance will be available to help Alberta and Saskatchewan ranchers cope with expenses from having cattle in quarantine during a bovine tuberculosis investigation.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the commitment Nov. 24 in the House of Commons.

“I am pleased to confirm that, working with the province, we are committed to compensate these ranchers for the costs they are facing, including interest on their advance payment loans,” MacAulay said.

Details of the financial assistance had not been released at press time Nov.28. Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier said the provincial contribution would come in the form of Agri-Recovery funds. Read More HERE   News Release HERE

How Bison and Prescribed Fire Work Together to Restore the Prairie
Grazing and prescribed fire are two powerful restoration tools.

In the fall of 2014, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois brought 30 new “staff” members on board at Nachusa Grasslands. These furry, four-legged employees wasted no time getting down to business.

“Our bison herd is doing great,” said Jeff Walk, the Conservancy’s director of science. “They’re healthy, they’ve acclimated to their surroundings, and most importantly, they’re hard at work doing the job we brought them here to do.” 

That job is to help restore Nachusa’s prairie. Bison have an appetite for prairie grasses, which means that as they graze, they help keep these plants in check and allow prairie wildflowers and other species to thrive.

Bison’s contribution to the prairie goes hand-in-hand with another important land management tool: prescribed fire. Read More HERE

Cloning Ancient Extinct Bison Sounds Like Sci-Fi, But Scientists Hope To Succeed Within Years
A bison tail preserved in permafrost could give scientists access to ancient bison DNA to use in their cloning work.

Russian and South Korean scientists are collaborating on the ambitious project of bringing back to life the extinct steppe bison. They plan to extract DNA from an ancient bison tail, which remained preserved in Siberia's permafrost for years, in order to create clones of the animals.

The steppe bison is thought to have become extinct in the early Holocene – a period that started 11,700 years ago – after having roamed the steppes of western and eastern Europe, Central Asia, Japan and north-west Canada. But in August 2016, remains of a tail were discovered in the Sakha Republic, in the basin of a river known as Indigirka.

Although more tests need to be done to date the discovery, Dr. Semyon Grigoryev, the director of Mammoth Museum at the North-Eastern Federal University, who leads the project, told the Siberian Times that it was probably no younger than 8,000 years old. Read More HERE

Poached Bison Meat Donated to Prince Albert Food Bank
More than 450 kg of illegally hunted meat donated.

The Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank received nearly half a tonne of donations recently. 

More than 450 kilograms of bison meat was donated to the food bank, with help from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and some post-secondary students. 

The Wilderness Society salvaged the meat after five bison were hunted illegally on Thanksgiving weekend outside Prince Albert National Park. 

Students from the Prince Albert campus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, who are part of a retail meat specialist program, volunteered to process the meat. Read More HERE

The Buffalo’s Burden
Earlier this year, the bison was named our national mammal, but due to a conflict with Western ranchers, the beasts are anything but wild and free.

One morning, years ago, while camped at the western edge of Yellowstone National Park, I awoke to a rich wild-animal stench. A smell of upturned earth and wet fur filled the air, and in my half-sleep I perceived what seemed to be a wall blocking the sky that hadn’t been there when I’d gone to bed.

Unzipping the tent, I was stunned to see 1,500 pounds of towering, living flesh: an adult bison, no more than three feet from my nose, gently ignoring me as it nibbled on the grass, its great god-like head dreadlocked with mud and swaying softly as it ate. And at the sight of the creature I found myself frightened and awed and full of love and respect and a desire to talk.

“Hey bud,” I said.

Then I became aware of a low grunting and snorting in the quiet of the forest, and the sound of many mouths chewing, many hooves pawing and prodding and moving about. Read More HERE
Did You Know
  • Christmas Bison Adobo Tamales Recipe. More HERE
  • Burning sage and power saws: Scenes from a 21st-century bison hunt . More HERE
  • Electronic “logbook” could nip animal disease outbreaks in the bud. More HERE
  • Brucellosis Found in Beaverhead County Cattle Herd. More HERE
  • Yellowstone plans to thin bison herd by 900 animals. 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?
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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 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 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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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 18, 2017
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Info: HERE

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2017 NBA Winter Convention and Gold Trophy Show & Sale
When: January 18-21, 2017
Where: Denver CO
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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
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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
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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
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2017 International Bison Conference (IBC)
When: July 4 -7, 2017
Where: Big Sky, MT
Details: HERE

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Past Auctions/Sales

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
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